Advised on Sale of CompanyConsumer & Retail
Acquired Majority Control of Business Operations
Advised KCJ Group Inc., operator of KidZania experiential learning centers in Japan, on its sale of a majority stake to KDDI. KDDI Corp acquired a 60% interest in KCJ GROUP Inc, a Chuo-Ku, Tokyo-based provider of specialized design and management services related to children's occupation and social experience facilities.
KCJ Group was looking for a partner in order to strengthen KidZania’s positioning in Japan and open new centers, using the latest in technology. KDDI was looking to diversify and grow its business in new directions, achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly. KCJ Group is the operator of KidZania in Japan with operations in Tokyo and Osaka area, with plans to open soon in Nagoya. KidZania centers are interactive kids’ cities combining inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role-play for children aged between 1-14 years old.
KDDI, is a Fortune Global 500 company and one of Asia’s largest telecommunications providers. KCJ Group CEO, Mr. Sumitani, found the ideal successor for the business, achieving a premium value for the majority stake sold.