The firm acted for Rakuten in respect of a highly public and complex $315 million acquisition of all of the shares of Kobo Inc.

January 27, 2012 | Steven L. Wesfield, Joseph Marin, Robert M. Stewart, Lisa Goodfellow, Eugene J.A Gierczak, Tai Nahm

The Miller Thomson team that acted
for Rakuten Inc. (JASDAQ:4755) included the following:

Beryl Green, Steve Wesfield, Jason
Rosen, Steven Oh,  Joe Marin, Mara Banack
and David Carter (corporate), Andrew Roman (regulatory), Bob Stewart
(securities), Lyne Gaulin (tax), Lisa Goodfellow (employment), Eugene Gierczak,
Fraser Mann and Tai Nahm (IP and IT), 
Sean Rimoin (financing) and Karen Lilley (corporate services).

Rakuten, a Japanese public company,
is one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies and the operator of several
well known online businesses. Kobo Inc. is the manufacturer of the Kobo
e-reader and distributor of e-books. Kobo was founded by Indigo Books &
Music (TSX: IDG) and is now a global e-reading service, with a catalogue of
more than 2.5 million e-books, magazines and newspapers. The acquisition by
Rakuten provides Kobo with a strong growth opportunity to expand its footprint
into new and expanding markets.