Jacky Scanlan-Dyas | Tokyo | Hogan Lovells

Jacky Scanlan-Dyas

Partner Corporate & Finance


English, Japanese

Scanlan-Dyas Jacky

Jacky Scanlan-Dyas
Scanlan-Dyas Jacky
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A truly first-class professional whose candour, industry and superb commercial advice put her skills much in demand. She played a key role in the majority of the team’s most significant recent deals

Chamber Asia-Pacific

Jacky Scanlan-Dyas is the Regional Lead for Corporate in Japan, the Global Co-Lead for the firm's Manufacturing and Industrials Industry Group, and a member of the firm's M&A leadership committee. Jacky has over 25 years' cross-border transaction experience across the full range of structures, including M&A, investments, exits, joint ventures, complex commercial contracts, and restructuring and insolvency issues.

Jacky's extensive international experience and results-orientated approach enable her to navigate cross-cultural issues that arise in multi-jurisdictional transactions. She knows how to get deals done, having advised numerous major Japanese corporates, funds, and trading houses on corporate transactions all around the globe—in particular India, South East Asia, Latin America, the U.S., and Europe—as well as many international investors from these regions on their investments and businesses in Japan.

Jacky joined the Hogan Lovells London office in 2001 and, having lived in Japan for almost a third of her life, moved back to Tokyo to launch our Japan M&A transactions team in 2009. In 2016, she was presented with the "Person of the Year" award by the British Ambassador on behalf of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In 2021, she was recognized with the “Woman’s Advocate of the Year” award by the Asian Legal Business Women in Law Awards and, in 2023, with the “Woman Lawyer of the Year” award by the Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards. In 2023, her efforts leading the Japan M&A practice were again recognized when Hogan Lovells became one of just a handful of international firms ranked Tier 1 for M&A in Japan by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Clients interviewed by the publication noted, ‘Jacky Scanlan-Dyas is a standout partner in terms of her professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm. Above all, she is a clear communicator, realistic in managing client expectations and displays a very high level of dedication to her clients and their matters’.  

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She has great organisational ability which is coupled with incisive, practical and commercial legal advice that enables the successful completion of highly demanding projects.

Chamber Asia-Pacific / Global, 2022

Representative experience

Advising Virbac on its agreement with ORIX Corporation for the €280 million acquisition of its Japanese animal health subsidiary Sasaeah Holdings Co., Ltd.

Advising Sojitz Corporation on its acquisition of Silaba Motors, S.A., marking Sojitz's entry into the Central and South American market.

Advising Samvardhana Motherson International Limited on its purchase of an 81% stake in Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd., a TSE-listed subsidiary of Honda Motors Co., Ltd. 

Advising Sojitz Corporation on its acquisition of a stake in Hycamite TCD Technologies, a Finnish company engaged in the commercialisation of hydrogen technology.

Advising Covestro AG, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality plastics and their components, on the sale of its additive manufacturing business to US-Israeli Stratasys Group. 

Advising Sojitz Corporation on a joint venture with Braskem America Inc. to produce and market sustainable bioMEG and bioMPG, the raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Advising Sojitz Corporation on its purchase from Helios Investment Partners of a 25% interest in the holding company of Axxela Limited, the largest private sector gas distributor in Nigeria.

Advising Applied Materials on its proposed multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Kokusai Electric’s semiconductor manufacturing business in Japan.

Advising Dell Technologies on its US$2.075bn sale of RSA to a consortium of investors led by Symphony Technology Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, and AlpInvest Partners.

Advising Cornes Technologies in its acquisition of U.S. & Israeli tech companies in the lab-grown diamonds business.

Advising Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd on its acquisition of Fuller's Beer Business in the UK for £250m and on the restructuring of its European and International beer operations.

Advising Salesforce in its acquisition of Datorama Inc., a marketing intelligence company with major offices in Tel Aviv and New York City.

Advising eBay on its acquisition of Giosis Pte Ltd's Japanese business, including the Qoo10 online shopping platform, for over US$700m.

Advising leading Japanese trading houses on numerous investment transactions in South East Asia, Latin America, India, the U.S., and Europe.

Advising a world-class automobile manufacturer on a US$2bn entity restructuring project covering three continents (including Asia and Japan).

Advising a major U.S.-listed pharma company on the sale of manufacturing businesses in Japan and Europe via competitive auction processes.

Advising various pharmaceutical, consumer products, R&D, and chemicals companies on their joint ventures in Japan.

Advising a global software solutions company on the wind down and solvent liquidation of operations in Japan.

Advising an international logistics company on employment matters relating to its Japanese subsidiary.

Represented Synopsys in connection with its acquisition of the semiconductor and flat panel display solutions business from BISTel.


  • Extra Mural Post Grad DipTJFL (Distinction), Japanese, Massey University, 1999
  • LLB (Hons), University of Canterbury, 1994
  • B.A., Japanese, University of Canterbury, 1994
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Japan - Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • New Zealand
  • Foreign Women Lawyers Association


Woman Lawyer of the Year

ALB Japan Law Awards

Leading individual in Corporate / M&A - International

Chambers Global


Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide

Women’s Advocate of the Year

Asian Legal Business Women in Law Awards

Leading individual in Corporate / M&A - International

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Leading individual in Corporate and M&A

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Up and Coming, Corporate/M&A

Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global

The Best Lawyers in Japan, Corporate and M&A Law

Best Lawyers

Person of the Year at the British Business Awards

British Chamber of Commerce in Japan