Gordon Palmquist is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Tokyo office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice. He advises Japanese corporations, insurance companies and financial institutions on outbound M&A, sales of subsidiaries, corporate governance and private equity, real estate, infrastructure and venture capital investments. He also regularly advises on fund formations and structuring for venture capital funds, private equity funds, REIT's and infrastructure funds.

He began his law career with Mayer Brown in Chicago. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Gordon worked in marketing at the Tokyo office of a global advertising agency and was the international sales manager for a US-based company with distribution in Europe, Mexico and throughout Asia. Gordon has lived in Japan for over 15 years and is a fluent Japanese speaker.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Japanese


  • A Japanese trading company and a Japanese telecommunications company on the purchase of a 30% interest in Netherlands-based HERE Technologies, a mapping technology company for autonomous vehicles, from the current shareholders, including Audi, BMW, Daimler and Intel.
  • A Japanese trading company in its acquisition of a stake in the Halstab division, a PVC additives provider, of Hammond Group, Inc.
  • A Japanese trading company in connection with its acquisition of a stake in a US mining operation including negotiation of the joint venture agreement with the other parties and a separate joint venture for marketing the offtake.
  • A Japanese global fund in connection with its investment into a new technology platform in Vietnam and the related shareholders agreement. 
  • A Japanese multinational corporation specializing in measuring instruments and metrological technology in connection with the acquisition of a Hong Kong and Chinese distribution platform from a listed Hong Kong entity. 
  • A Japanese trading house in the formation of a joint venture with a Japanese food company and the acquisition by the joint venture of a US based food manufacturer.
  • A Japanese manufacturer in the carve out and sale of a business unit to a US based global manufacturer.
  • A Japanese insurer in connection with to the sale of its reinsurance subsidiary.
  • A Japanese company in connection with the establishment of numerous US subsidiaries and the formation of US fund vehicles.
  • A Japanese multinational personal care company in the US$485 million sale of its haircare subsidiary to a leading German chemical and consumer goods company. 
  • A Japanese management of a global technology consulting services company in a management buyout from private equity owners of the US, Japan and Belgian operating companies. 
  • A Japanese insurance holding company in the reorganization of its global businesses under a newly formed Bermudan holding company.
  • A Japanese insurance holding company in its US$6.3 billion acquisition of an Bermuda-based insurance company.
  • A Japanese financing company in numerous overseas investments including investments into two US power utilities, an investment in a US toll road operation, real estate investments and fund investments.
  • A Contract Manufacturing Organization ("CMO") in the sale of its operations in Denmark and the US to a Japanese global glass manufacturing company.
  • A Japanese private equity company in its acquisition of two US based medical and haircare treatment companies.
  • The indirect subsidiary of a Japanese private equity company, in its tender offer for the common stock and convertible bonds of a Japanese haircare company. 
  • A private equity and real estate investment firm in the purchase of a business process outsourcing services company headquartered in the US and with operations in the Philippines and Guatemala. 
  • A Japanese leading financial institution in many transactions, including its acquisition of an ownership interest in and alliance with a privately owned investment manager. and its purchase of HK$780 million of newly issued shares of a Hong Kong-based conglomerate holding company. 
  • A renewable energy company in connection with the sale of its Japanese solar power business to a Thailand-based energy company. 
  • A Japanese textile company in its acquisition of 51 percent of a German manufactured of carbon fiber reinforced plastics from an Austria-based industrial holding group. 
  • A Japanese multinational company in its acquisition of a manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians. 
  • A Japanese telecommunications and information systems in its acquisition of a leading ATM manufacturer in Brazil. 
  • A multinational finance company in its investment in an India-based renewable energy company. 
  • A Japan-based securities financing business in its merger with another Japanese securities financing company. 
  • A Japan-based manufacturing company as international counsel in its acquisition of additional shares in a German-based machine tools manufacturer AG in exchange for shares in its US and Japanese subsidiaries. 
  • A Japanese manufacturer of optics and reprography products. in the sale of its subsidiary specialized in high-resolution CMOS imaging sensors to a Japanese multinational electronics company. 
  • A subsidiary of a Japanese trading company in its creation of a joint venture with a US company and construction of a new facility in the US. 
  • A Japanese trading company in its proposed creation of a joint venture with a Brazilian company. 
  • Caterpillar, Inc. in its US$8.6 billion acquisition of Bucyrus International, Inc. via a public merger. 
  • Progress Rail Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., in its US$820 million acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. from private equity firms. 
  • The special committee of the board of directors of a publicly traded US company in the sale of the company to a private equity fund via a public merger.


University of Minnesota Law School, JD, magna cum laude

International University of Japan, MA

Saint Olaf College, BA

Waseda University, Tokyo, One-year Exchange Program


  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • Leading Lawyer - Rising star, M&A, Japan – IFLR1000 (2021, 2022)
  • Recommended - Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures, Japan – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021)
  • Next Generation Lawyer: Foreign Lawyer - Corporate/M&A, Japan – Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)