Philip Blythe

Philip Blythe
Associate Partner


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Philip Blythe

Professional Background

  • Partner for 20 years in PwC Japan, where he established their Transaction Services and PMI businesses
  • Recognized as one of the most experienced practitioners in cross-border M&A in the Japanese market place, and speaks frequently on the subject of success in cross-border M&A
  • Focus on managing cultural differences in cross-border M&A and helping clients bridge the language and cultural gap for foreign investors in Japan and for Japanese investors globally
  • Philip holds an MA from Cambridge, University UK, and is a UK chartered accountant
  • He is fluent in both English and Japanese

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • 30+ years of professional experience, with 28 being in Japan. During that time he formed the M&A practice, and the PMI practice at PwC, and a member of their global leadership team, before becoming independent.
  • A leading figure and experienced advisor in the Japanese cross-border M&A market; recognizes the particular hurdles faced in cross-border M&A; creator of a compact methodology for exerting control and de-risking investments in cross border investments
  • Trained Intercultural Advisor supporting clients in cross cultural, organization and people issues; leads cultural workshops for both clients and their targets enabling them to break stereotypes and begin to smoothly work together
  • Lives by his mission to support his clients success in cross-border M&A through doing the right deal, paying the right price and managing the investment, through realizing synergies, reducing risk through effective governance, managing people across cultures, and leadership
  • Experience in a wide range of industries with particular emphasis on chemical, pharmaceuticals, and automotive, but all with one common feature . .being cross-border

Project Highlights

  • Advised a Japanese Mining company buying a German rare earth metals business
  • Advised a Japanese Materials business buying a European HQ global business, with a HQ migration to the US following the deal
  • Advised a Japanese trading house acquiring an automotive distributor in Panama
  • Advised a Japanese speciality chemical company is a carve-out deal across eight countries in which it had no previous presence, centered on Germany
  • Undertook key person interviews and retention planning for a Japanese acquisition in Denmark and USA
  • Advised a Japanese generic pharma company’s US market entry
  • Advised a Japanese automotive OEM in its divestment of its electric vehicle battery business
  • Supported a Chinese former State-owned company in acquiring a business from a major Japanese electronics company including a complex manufacturing carve-out
  • Advised a Japanese autoparts maker on the acquisition and integration of a global business 50% larger than itself, including carve-outs in 10 different countries
  • Assisted in the business separations of the Japan business as part of global divestures of four separate transactions of Major Pharmaceutical companies
  • Advised and led the Integration Management Office for a major global investment bank entering into a joint venture in Japan, by way of business carve-outs from each party
  • Undertook a feasibility study for the simultaneous merger of 27 commercial vehicle dealers with a Japanese OEM