Apollo to Acquire Majority Stake in Panasonic’s Auto

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Apollo to Acquire Majority Stake in Panasonic's Auto

Apollo Global Management, spearheaded by Paul Weiss, unveils its strategic move to acquire a majority stake in Panasonic Automotive Systems Corp., a division of Japan’s Panasonic Holdings Corp., marking a monumental transaction valued at 311 billion yen ($2.06 billion).

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Apollo to Acquire Majority Stake in Panasonic’s Auto : Navigating the Deal

Set to conclude by the close of the first quarter of 2025, pending customary closing conditions and regulatory green lights, this acquisition signals Apollo’s strategic alignment with Japanese conglomerates, leveraging its prowess and experience in the automotive supply domain.

Pioneering Partnership

Tetsuji Okamoto, lead partner, Japan at Apollo, underscores the significance of this alliance, citing Panasonic Automotive’s sterling reputation for innovation and quality. The partnership aims to unlock the division’s untapped potential, fueling future growth.

Apollo to Acquire Majority Stake in Panasonic’s Auto : Retaining a Footprint

While Apollo takes the helm, Panasonic will retain a minority stake in the entity. Panasonic Automotive, renowned for its cutting-edge in-vehicle electronics and technologies, including infotainment systems, caters to global automakers with an annual sales turnover of $8.6 billion.

Forward Momentum

Echoing the sentiment, Masashi Nagayasu, CEO of Panasonic Automotive, envisions the collaboration as a catalyst for achieving global prominence in the automotive electronics sphere. The focus remains on enriching the mobility experience and delivering value to customers worldwide.

Financial Landscape

As of December 31, Apollo boasts assets under management soaring to approximately $651 billion, underscoring its robust financial standing and capacity for strategic investments.

Corporate Restructuring

Meanwhile, Panasonic Group’s transition to an operating company model in April 2022 positions Panasonic Holdings as the central entity, overseeing eight subsidiaries. With consolidated net sales tallying approximately $55.4 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, the group sets the stage for enhanced operational efficiency and synergy.

Apollo to Acquire Majority Stake in Panasonic’s Auto : Legal Counsel

The legal advisory team at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, led by corporate partner Tong Yu and tax partners Brian S. Grieve and Sohail Itani, orchestrates Apollo’s strategic maneuver.