Kei Matsumoto

Kei Matsumoto is our exclusively recommended Brand Enforcement expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kei directly using the contact details listed above.

Kei is a member of the Firm’s IP Tech group in Tokyo. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked in the patent litigation division of a major United States law firm, where he handled patent litigation involving Japanese companies and other litigation in the United States. Kei also has considerable experience in dispute resolution cases inside and outside the courts as well as corporate/Mergers and acquisitions related cases. Kei is a native Japanese speaker and is fluent in English.

Kei Matsumoto primarily handles intellectual property transactions and domestic and international patent disputes. He provides overall legal advice on the protection of intellectual property, contents of contracts and other related issues to Japanese companies establishing operations overseas as well as clients in IT industry. He also handles M&A related work and a variety of dispute resolution cases. Recently, Kei focuses on practices related to the Long-Term Care Insurance Act and other social security issues.

Office Overview:

Our Japan office advises clients on some of the most significant transactions in the Asia-Pacific market, including Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s USD 5.7 billion acquisition of Protective Life Corporation and Gestamp Solar’s project financing for construction of a 31.6 MW photovoltaic project in Ibaraki Prefecture – the largest solar financing provided to a foreign sponsor in Japan.

Mikio Tanaka

Mikio Tanaka is our exclusively recommended Cross-Border Transaction Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mikio directly using the contact details listed above.

Mikio is a cross-border corporate Partner at City-Yuwa Partners in Tokyo. He has extensive professional experience in advising global and domestic companies across many industries, including medical devices, healthcare, automobile, machinery, electronics, chemical, food, fashion, jewellery, air and surface transports, and clean energy. His area of practice encompasses M&A and other commercial/corporate transactions, joint venture, license agreement, formation and termination of distribution networks, and representation of companies in various commercial disputes.

Mikio has spent 15 years in Europe mostly in Germany and has working experience at a leading German law firm in Frankfurt a.M. after he completed his post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He leads the firm’s German practice team which consists of tri-lingual (JP/EN/DE) Japan-qualified lawyers, which is quite unique in Japan where language barrier is very high.  He is a tri-lingual lawyer fluent in English, German and Japanese, and also speaks basic Russian.

He is the regular author of articles on latest developments in Japanese law for the magazines of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan since 2008, and gave lectures on Japanese business law at Hitotsubashi, Marburg and Augsburg Universities.

Mikio fulfills his social responsibility by his commitment to the Bars – He is the vice-chairperson of the international committees of the national and of local bars.

Firm Overview:

The Tokyo-based City-Yuwa Partners is one of the leading full-service business law firms in Japan. Its area of practice includes corporate and commercial, many types of M&As, distribution, finance and banking, insurance, real estates, insolvency and restructuring, litigation and arbitration, IP/IT, labor and employment, anti-trust and competition, energy, data protection, compliance and economic crime.

City-Yuwa Partners has also a very strong and big litigation team and has successfully represented one of the top electric power companies in Japan in a largest series of disputes in Japanese judicial history.

The Firm is also practicing in the area of maritime and ship finance – One of the Partners of City-Yuwa is the only Japanese lawyer who is also qualified to practice Marshall Islands law.

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, securitization 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 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.

Our corporate team led by Akira Nakazawa acts for domestic and international clients in various industries and advises on a wide range of corporate issues including corporate governance, M&A and corporate finance. Based on experiences in working at Tokyo offices of leading global law firms, we provide with practical and strategic advice to resolve various issues from the perspectives of both Japanese and western minds.

Firm Overview:

Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo specializes 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 “Boutique Law Firm of the Year” and the “Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year” at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2022 organized by Asian Legal Business (ALB).

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.

Akira 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. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and Columbia Law School.

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. 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, providing guidance in steering the general meeting of shareholders, giving advice on drafting and interpreting contracts, mergers and acquisitions, 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.

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art to a reconstructed kabuki theatre.

Takuya is a Partner at Iwata Godo. He has vast experience representing financial institutions 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.

Takuya 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 and the UC Berkeley School of Law. 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. 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, providing guidance in steering the general meeting of shareholders, giving advice on drafting and interpreting contracts, mergers and acquisitions, 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.