Satoru Hasumoto

Satoru Hasumoto is our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Satoru directly using the contact details listed above.

Satoru has considerable experience in a wide range of real estate work. He advises corporates, investors and financial institutions on all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisition, disposals, development, planning, leasing and financing. His practice also includes advising multinational companies on their outbound and inbound investments from and to Japan. These includes data centre facilities, hotels, logistic facilities, offices, residentials and other types of real properties. His extensive practice also covers structured finance, leveraged buyout finance and project finance.

Satoru Hasumoto graduated from Keio University (LL.B., 2007) and was seconded to the IB Products Group of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. (2013-2014). He later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M., Wharton Business and Law Certificate, 2015). Satoru practiced with Slaughter and May in London (2015-2016).

Firm Overview:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a full service law firm that has served clients with distinction since its establishment, in December 2002, by the merger of Mori Sogo and Hamada & Matsumoto. Even as business conditions have rapidly shifted both within Japan and internationally, the firm’s goal has been to grow with our clients through tireless effort and constant innovation.

Led by top-rated lawyers across a wide array of practice areas, our large team of legal professionals and support staff offer the firm their experience, expertise and hard work to bring our clients the best results in every matter we handle. Our team strives to build new frameworks to tackle cutting-edge problems, to break down barriers on tough cases, and to find a common resolution in matters with many conflicting interests.

Based on this solid foundation of experience, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto also contributes significantly to the constant evolution and improvement of the Japanese legal system, and to the creation of a legal infrastructure that will enable our clients to excel.

Akira Nakazawa

Akira Nakazawa is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Akira directly using the contact details listed above.

Akira focuses his practice on banking, asset finance, securitisation and structured finance. Akira also advices on overall corporate transactions including M&A, tender offer, private equity investments. In addition to transactional matters, he advices on Japanese regulatory matters including finance, life sciences, food and sanitary laws, privacy and data protection, and anti-corruption. He also has vast experiences in compliance matters for various companies including financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies.

Akira Nakazawa was educated at Tokyo University and the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan. He was admitted as a Japanese bengoshi in 1997 and is a member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the New York Bar. He completed an LL.M at Northwestern University School of Law in 2002. Previously he worked at one of the Japanese mega banks. He speaks Japanese and English.

Firm Overview:

Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo specialises in providing Japanese legal services to a broad range of multinational clients in the areas of Japanese employment law, dispute resolution, financial regulatory matters, life science regulatory matters and corporate matters. We have worked on a variety of challenging, high profile and complex mandates in recent years. Thanks to various projects we have worked on to date and the support and assistance our clients have extended to us, we have been highly ranked in the respective fields mentioned above in various international legal publications such as Chambers and Legal 500. Most recently, Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo was awarded “the Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year (Japan Law Awards 2019) by the Asian Legal Business.

Keeping the basic philosophy represented by the word “Vanguard” in mind, we provide creative solutions, and proactive and practical advice to multinational clients to navigate complex Japanese legal issues.

Akira Matsuda

Akira Matsuda is our exclusively recommended Data Security Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Akira directly using the contact details listed above.

Akira is a partner at Iwata Godo and head of the AI/TMT practice group.  He is an Attorney-at-Law admitted in Japan and based both in Tokyo and Singapore.  His practice focuses on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, as well as international disputes (litigation/arbitration).  Mr. Matsuda is also advising many Japanese and foreign clients for data security issues, in terms of Japanese laws, Singapore PDPA, and GDPR including structuring of global compliance systems.

Akira Matsuda is a graduate of the University of Tokyo (LL.B.) and Columbia Law School (LL.M.).

Firm Overview:

Iwata Godo was established in 1902 as one of the pioneering law firms in Japan specialising in legal services for business corporations by the late Chuzo Iwata, an attorney at law, who was to serve later in his career in such various important posts in politics, judiciary and academia as the Minister of Justice, a member of the House of Peers, the President of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the President of Gakushikai (the Association of Imperial University Graduates). Ever since, Iwata Godo has been providing its legal services to numerous leading Japanese corporations and other entities, constantly developing its practices alongside of Japanese corporate economy and coming through the rough periods of pre and post World War II.

We have been actively expanding our practices over these periods in response to the widening range of corporate activities which have become ever more specialised and complex. In addition to the traditional corporate law practices such as representing business entities in lawsuits and other procedures, advising on various corporate actions (ex. acquisition of treasury stock, capital increase or decrease, apportionment of surplus, amendment of the articles of association etc.), providing guidance in steering the general meeting of shareholders, giving advice on drafting and interpreting contracts, M&A, labour laws, compliance and so on, we have been producing good track record in various fields of practice including financial transactions, competition law, intellectual property, IT-related law and international transactions.

In order to provide swift and appropriate services in response to such wide range of legal issues, we have number of talented attorneys in our firm who are thoroughly acquainted with international legal practices through their studies abroad and who have good grasp of state-of-the-art business practices based on their experiences being seconded to government-managed financial institutions, major private financial institutions or major trading companies.

In addition, we welcomed the participation of a Chinese attorney who is a partner of one of the leading Chinese law firms as well as an attorney practicing UK law who had worked for many years as a partner in one of the major law firms in the United Kingdom. Drawing upon the competency of these lawyers practicing foreign laws as well as of the number of Japanese attorneys who are fluent in foreign languages, Iwata Godo now provides legal services, in cooperation with local law firms, not only in the United States and European countries but also in Asian countries which have gained significance as business markets. We have thus established an adequate practice structure whereby we can always respond to the legal issues faced by our clients both promptly and appropriately. Especially in Chinese Law, Iwata Godo works in standing cooperation with Jin Mao P.R.C. Lawyers, a leading Chinese corporate law firm in Shanghai City.

Attorneys of Iwata Godo aspire to leave their marks on history that will survive over the vicissitudes of the times and deem it as their duty to keep providing the best legal services without becoming complacent with the tradition of the firm. Iwata Godo will continue to serve our clients upholding high aims and ideals.

Takuya Uenishi

Takuya Uenishi is our exclusively recommended Regional Banks expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Takuya directly using the contact details listed above.

Takuya is a Partner at Iwata Godo. He has vast experience representing financial institutions (Japanese mega-banks, regional banks, trust banks, etc.) in litigations and cross-border transactions.  He also has extensive experience as a litigator involved in corporate-related lawsuits, damages suits, competition law-related disputes, and labour disputes.  He was seconded to the legal department of a Japanese mega-bank from 2014 to 2016. Takuya Uenishi graduated from the University of Tokyo Law School (JD, 2010) and the UC Berkeley School of Law (LL.M. 2019). He passed the New York Bar Exam in 2019.

Firm Overview:

Iwata Godo was established in 1902 as one of the pioneering law firms in Japan specialising in legal services for business corporations by the late Chuzo Iwata, an attorney at law, who was to serve later in his career in such various important posts in politics, judiciary and academia as the Minister of Justice, a member of the House of Peers, the President of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the President of Gakushikai (the Association of Imperial University Graduates). Ever since, Iwata Godo has been providing its legal services to numerous leading Japanese corporations and other entities, constantly developing its practices alongside of Japanese corporate economy and coming through the rough periods of pre and post World War II.

We have been actively expanding our practices over these periods in response to the widening range of corporate activities which have become ever more specialised and complex. In addition to the traditional corporate law practices such as representing business entities in lawsuits and other procedures, advising on various corporate actions (ex. acquisition of treasury stock, capital increase or decrease, apportionment of surplus, amendment of the articles of association etc.), providing guidance in steering the general meeting of shareholders, giving advice on drafting and interpreting contracts, M&A, labour laws, compliance and so on, we have been producing good track record in various fields of practice including financial transactions, competition law, intellectual property, IT-related law and international transactions.

In order to provide swift and appropriate services in response to such wide range of legal issues, we have number of talented attorneys in our firm who are thoroughly acquainted with international legal practices through their studies abroad and who have good grasp of state-of-the-art business practices based on their experiences being seconded to government-managed financial institutions, major private financial institutions or major trading companies.

In addition, we welcomed the participation of a Chinese attorney who is a partner of one of the leading Chinese law firms as well as an attorney practicing UK law who had worked for many years as a partner in one of the major law firms in the United Kingdom. Drawing upon the competency of these lawyers practicing foreign laws as well as of the number of Japanese attorneys who are fluent in foreign languages, Iwata Godo now provides legal services, in cooperation with local law firms, not only in the United States and European countries but also in Asian countries which have gained significance as business markets. We have thus established an adequate practice structure whereby we can always respond to the legal issues faced by our clients both promptly and appropriately. Especially in Chinese Law, Iwata Godo works in standing cooperation with Jin Mao P.R.C. Lawyers, a leading Chinese corporate law firm in Shanghai City.

Attorneys of Iwata Godo aspire to leave their marks on history that will survive over the vicissitudes of the times and deem it as their duty to keep providing the best legal services without becoming complacent with the tradition of the firm. Iwata Godo will continue to serve our clients upholding high aims and ideals.

Shunsuke Aoki

Shunsuke Aoki is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Shunsuke directly using the contact details listed above.

Shunsuke has been engaged in a broad range of matters including equity and debt offerings in both domestic and international capital markets, FinTech matters, financial regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, capital and business alliances, and other general corporate matters.

Capitalising on his two-year stint with one of Japan’s leading securities houses, Shunsuke regularly advises on matters relating to offerings of traditional securities as well as financial instruments using innovative technologies such as blockchain, with recent particular focus on security token offerings (STOs).

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has one of the premier capital markets practices in Japan, encompassing all aspects of global and domestic debt and equity offerings by Japanese issuers and offerings into the Japanese market by international issuers. We also provide consultation, advice, and continuous disclosure services in relation to capital markets.

Firm Overview:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

Kenichi Nakano

Kenichi Nakano is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, whose practice is focused on providing legal advice on activities required to conduct business in Japan, including such matters as establishment of a business presence in Japan, advising on regulatory requirements, preparing IT service agreements, rules of employment, and joint venture agreements. Mr. Nakano advises financial institutions in the areas of real estate trust law, the FSA inspection process, and inter-bank transactions. He also represents clients in various types of litigation involving patent, copyright, real estate, financial futures, labour and commercial transactions issues.

Firm Overview:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

Our main office in Tokyo is supported by our offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, as well as a Jakarta Desk.