Dr. Johannes Hochleitner

Johannes Hochleitner is our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Johannes directly using the contact details listed above.

The practice of Dr. Johannes Hochleitner focuses on corporate law and the areas of the law related with it. In particular, Dr Johannes Hochleitner is an expert regarding group reorganisations, mergers & acquisitions, and other complex transactions.

Johannes Hochleitner is also supporting shareholder meetings and consulting advisory boards as well as management boards on sophisticated legal questions. Moreover, Johannes is an expert in corporate litigation.

Career History:

Johannes Hochleitner has been an independent attorney in Eferding since September 1986.

Johannes Hochleitner graduated from the University of Salzburg law school in July 1981. After his practical training at the Eferding district court and the Wels regional court from August 1981 to April 1982, Johannes Hochleitner worked in his father’s law firm as an associate from May 1982 to August 1986.

Besides his activity as a lawyer Johannes Hochleitner was a member of the community board of the city of Eferding as a city councillor from 1989 to 1999, where he was responsible for the building department and the department of real estate.

In 2002 and 2007 Johannes Hochleitner contributed to the further development of the law firm by establishing its offices in Perg and Linz.

In 2002, Johannes Hochleitner has been appointed as examination commissioner at the Linz Higher Regional Court for bar examinations.

Firm Overview:

Hochleitner Rechtsanwälte is connecting tradition with innovation. Our law firm is able to look back on many years of experience, but does not hesitate going new ways with our clients.

What makes us special is our expertise and skills in connection with individual care. This is made possible by our lawyers and employees, distributed on multiple locations in the whole economic region of Upper Austria.

Masahito Amano

Masahito Amano is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets and M&A expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Masahito directly using the contact details listed above.

Professional Experience

Legal Research and Training Institute, the Supreme Court of Japan (1982-1984)
Nishimura & Asahi Law Office (current name), practicing primarily international capital market, corporate finance and structured finance area (1984-1992)
Hughes, Hubbard & Reed Law Office (New York), practicing general corporate law (1990-1991)
Merrill Lynch Japan Securities (1992)
General Counsel of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities (1996-2008)
Member of the Board of Directors of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities (2001-2009)
Head of Legal, Bank of America Group, Japan (including Merrill Lynch Japan Securities) (2009-2019)
Masuda & Partners Law Office-Senior Advisor (2019-present)

Professional Licenses

Admitted to the Japanese Bar, Japan (1981)

Key Experience at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

-Contributed by providing legal support regarding documentation and regulatory aspects in order to further the establishment and development of Merrill Lynch/Bank of America’s investment banking and wholesale security businesses in Japan. My duties also included legal support and oversight of the execution of critical transactions related thereto, among other things, Equity and Equity Linked Capital Market (including IPOs, Privatizations, Global Add on Offerings, CB and Convertible Preferred Offerings), M&A Advisory (including advisory business for friendly, competing or raid defense M&A deals), Leveraged Financing, Securitization and Principal Investment.

-Involvement in Merrill Lynch/Bank of America’s own M&A, Strategic Alliance, Reorganization and other projects in Japan driven by its U.S. corporate strategy team including Consolidation of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Japan Operations, Sale of Joint venture stakes in Private Banking Wealth Management business, Creation of Joint Venture as to Private Banking Wealth Management business with an alliance Mega Bank and Acquisition of Security Firm’s Retail business operations, resources and infrastructure.

-Analyzing and advising local and global regulatory development, dealing with regulators including the Financial Services Agency, Bank of Japan, Security Surveillance Commission and Japan Fair Trade Commission as well as managing litigations and incidents.

-Contributed to corporate governance in Japan, including management and administration from legal aspect of the board of directors and shareholders meetings of local legal entities as well as participation in the board and local management and transaction vetting committees as a regular member.


Japanese and English

Professional Activities, Memberships and Appointments
Member of the Whole Sale Business Discussion Committee of Japan Securities Dealers Association (2013-2018)
Visiting instructor, Waseda University, Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law (2009-2014)


Waseda University, Faculty of Law, Japan (1981, LL.B.)
University of Washington (Seattle), Graduate School of Law, USA (1989, LL.M.)

Firm Description

Masuda & Partners Law Office was established in February 2008 under the leadership of experienced and forward-thinking Japanese lawyer, Eiji Masuda, with the able assistance of his colleagues.

From the start our firm has committed to offering the highest quality legal services possible, in a sophisticated and timely manner, so as to meet our clients’ ‘true’ needs, given the ever growing expectations for lawyers in today’s rapidly and greatly changing globalized world.

The firm aims to establish a powerful structure of optimum size and offers the most efficient and effective legal options for our clients, while ensuring that all members of our firm can trust and collaborate very closely with one another.

The firm has the support of many clients, colleagues and friends that share Masuda & Partners’ sense of commitment and vision. With that support, our firm is advancing its mission and continues to develop in order to make our clientele’s goals a reality.

Areas of practice

Corporate law and the financial instruments and exchange law: our firm provides a wide range of legal advice not only pertaining to general corporate and corporate law, but also regarding public and private offerings, disclosure requirements, takeover bids, reporting on large shareholdings, insider trading and other prohibited practices. Our firm also provides legal advice on regulations and codes of conduct for financial instruments business products under the financial instruments and exchange law.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm provides legal advice on due diligence as well as drafting and negotiations regarding mergers and acquisitions. Our firm regularly advises on defensive measures against hostile takeover bids, either through lawyer-client consultations or through membership of independent committees established by several listed companies. The firm is assisted by the counsel of Professor Minoru Tokumoto of Tsukuba University, one of Japan’s leading scholars, who has intimate familiarity in the area and by the counsel of Professor Tsuyoshi Kinoshita, a previous Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, Chuo University and St. Paul University, located in the United States of America.

Compliance/corporate governance: under the leadership of managing partner Eiji Masuda, our firm provides legal advice on compliance matters (including defensive measures for inspections conducted by the Financial Service Agency) for banks, securities companies, insurance companies and other financial institutions, either through lawyer-client consultations or through membership on Compliance Committees established by several highly sophisticated enterprises. Our firm also regularly advises on risk/crisis management regarding white-collar crime, including corporate crime and corporate liability for employee misconduct, relying on the practical experience of Eiji Masuda, who served as General Counsel (Private Client Group) and Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co, Ltd. The firm supports companies in various industries by presenting and conducting seminars as well as company training sessions.

Personnel/labour matters: the firm provides a full range of legal advice and services on personnel and labour law matters. Our firm represents clients in litigation as well as providing alternative resolutions in labour disputes.

Securitisation/new financial products: our firm offers legal advice on securitisation of real estate and innovative financial products, including those that use collective investment schemes.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s teamwork oriented litigation/dispute resolution is strong and focused. Our team works on large-scale, complex commercial disputes that cover both domestic and cross-border jurisdictions, acting as lead counsel when providing advice pertaining to aspects of Japanese law.

Asia practice: our firm has devoted itself to establish a strong network with excellent local law firms throughout South East Asia. Taking advantage of this network, the firm is able to provide a wide range of legal services on both inbound and outbound matters regarding South East Asia-related business.

Nasirud Doulah

Nasirud Doulah is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Bangladesh on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nasirud directly using the contact details listed above.

With a work experience over fifteen years Mr. Doulah is a leading personality for corporate and finance law matters in the region. Project finance and Documentary Credit are his stressed areas and he has advised in a number of major projects in energy / infrastructure sectors. He has also established himself as an authority in the fields of project development with extensive PPP / infrastructure transaction advisory expertise. He is also an asset/lease finance expert and acts for all major aviation and lease finance corporations of the world including GECAS, Aercape (ILFC) etc. With extensive knowledge in capital and money markets, Mr. Doulah represents a handful number of global institutional investors in Bangladesh including Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock, etc. Fintech clients include Ant Financial, Microsoft, Amazon, Google etc.

Nasirud Doulah possesses a market leading practice in M&A and attends major M&A matters in Bangladesh. In 2008 under instructions of World Bank and IFC he acted as a key researcher to compare local corporate governance standards and practices with its OECD counterparts which was later released as a corporate governance assessment report by World Bank. Mr. Doulah is a member of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Tax and AML Research teams and an accredited Lexis author with numerous publications. Some major transactional highlights are provided below.

  • Acted as local legal counsel for IFC and Excelerate Energy in project development and financing aspects of the first LNG terminal (FSRU) project in Bangladesh at Maheshkhali;
  • Acted in major M&As including SZSE / SSE acquisition of Dhaka Stock Exchange, Holcim/Lafarge Merger, Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, Zhenhua’s $2bn bid for three gas fields, Ophir acquisition of Santos assets and merger with Medco, AES acquisition of Covanta power assets and so on;
  • Has been acting in major PPP / infrastructure development projects including all toll road PPPs i.e. First Dhaka Elevated / Dhaka Bypass / RAD Expressways, Payra Port (for JDN), 2nd Kanchpur / Meghna / Gumti Bridges, South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road and so on;
  • Acted for sponsors / lenders in project development of major economic zones including Chinese Economic Zone at Anwara and China-Bangladesh Iron & Steel Production Zone;
  • So far structured and developed over seventy-eight power projects including clients like General Electric, Blackstone, Golar Power, AES, El Paso, CMEC etc;
  • Acted as Lender’s Counsel for IFC, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank, China Exim Bank, China Development Bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in a number of infrastructure / power projects. Acting for SInosure in three large coal fired power projects;
  • Acted for all of the latest gas exploration PSC contract awardees including ONGC, OIL, POSCO and Daewoo.

Gustavo Stüssi Neves

Gustavo Stüssi Neves is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gustavo directly using the contact details listed above.

Gustavo received his Law Degree from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, 1980.

Gustavo Stüssi Neves is a Member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Legal Director of Brazilian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Member of Board of Directors); DBJV – German-Brazilian Lawyers’ Association, Pool of Experts; CBBL Cross Border Business Law AG – Germany (Representative); Vice-President of Eurochamber Mediation and Arbitration Chamber (CAE).

Firm Overview:

STÜSSI-NEVES ADVOGADOS was founded in 1977.

Our staff is currently comprised of professionals (partners, associates and consultants) allocated in offices in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro at a fifty-fifty proportion. Our clients are mainly European companies (the majority of them German speaking ones) with Brazilian subsidiaries, companies willing to start operating in Brazil or companies willing to or already doing business with Brazil.

STÜSSI-NEVES ADVOGADOS’ main area of practice is corporate law, meaning that we are capable of rendering all services that a company needs in order to get established in Brazil, either by incorporating a subsidiary or by acquiring an existing Brazilian company or even through a joint venture, as well as assisting companies in their daily business routines, in tax, contractual, corporate, labour and litigation areas, compliance, data protection, among others.

This firm has been functioning as outsourced Legal Department for some medium-sized companies or for companies on a pre-operational stage, which grants clients the advantage of combining the excellence of highly specialised legal services with low cost.

Our clients are active in the most various types of industries, as automotive, metallurgic, machinery, capital goods (for beverage, food, paper and tobacco industries, among others), medical, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, consultation, engineering, logistics and finance services.

The office and/or individual partners/associates are members of various national and international organisations.

Jean Maguranyanga

Jean Maguranyanga is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Zimbabwe on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jean directly using the contact details listed above.

Jean is a successful commercial lawyer with over 21 years’ experience in the field of banking and working with a diversified portfolio of clients.  She is a partner with a local law firm.  She holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Laws degrees, a Masters of Law degree in Corporate and Commercial Law and a Diploma in Banking and Finance. She sits on various Boards.

Jean holds a Bachelor of Law (BL) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB), degrees from the University of Zimbabwe; a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Commercial and Corporate Law (International Business Law) from the University of London, United Kingdom and a Diploma in Banking and Finance from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom.

Her various other notable roles included being one of a four Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe group of officials appointed to investigate and set up systems at the then Zimbabwe Building Society, investigate the activities of then United Merchant Bank, part of two member team that set up the Deposit Protection Board now Deposit Protection Corporation of Zimbabwe and being appointed as one of the first ten Commissioners, the then Competition Commission.

She has sat on various boards and was one of the first ten commissions to the then Competition Commission which was subsequently merged during their tenure with the Tariff Commission to form the now Competition and Tariff Commission. The commissionaires set up the Competition and Tariff commission, being responsible for among other things the review of the drafting of the relevant legislation putting policies for the operationalisation of the commissioner and recruitment of staff.

Jean Maguranyanga also sits on various Boards of Directors and is a member of a number of professional bodies.

Firm Overview:

Chinmasa, Mudimu & Maguranyanga is a registered law firm in Harare which has been in existence since 1981, under the name P.A Chinamasa & Company.

Paola M. Molina Estévez

Paola Molina is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in the Dominican Republic on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Paola directly using the contact details listed above.

Paola is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry, advising local and multinational clients from varied sectors, and in some cases, setting up or developing their in-house legal department, such as: real estate, industrial, tourism, retail, energy, technology, health services, non-profit organisations, asset management, automotive and financial.

Paola Molina is skilled in Legal Writing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Tax, Compliance, Legal Project Management, and International Law. Paola is a strong professional with two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees; International Legal Practice from IE Business School and Tax Law/Taxation from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

Firm Overview:

GUZMÁN & MOLINA, Abogados (“GMA”) was established in March 2018, after its founders accrued over 20 years experience in the judicial service and some of the most prestigious legal and consulting firms in Dominican Republic, entering the market as an appealing alternative to legal services consumers and attracting praise and recognition from worldwide professional networks. GMA is detail-oriented, proactive and strategic while providing assertive services.

The firm focuses in two main areas of services: litigation and business.

GMA covers all areas related to conflict management and dispute resolution in private and public law, from the traditional civil and commercial (with emphasis on contractual and corporate conflicts, tort claims, foreclosures, and bankruptcy) to tax, administrative, criminal, labour, and real estate matters, as well as local and international arbitration and other alternative methods to settle disputes.

As of the business practice, GMA is strong in mergers and acquisitions, contracts, legal audit, economic regulation, corporate, environment, international trade, tax advice, labour consultations, intellectual property, and business reorganisation. GMA also provides ancillary services such as Public Notary and legal translations.

In addition to the National District, GMA is present in the most important cities of the Dominican Republic and caters to client’s international needs through several professional networks with multi-disciplinary membership advising companies and individuals in legal, accountancy, financial services covering over 155 jurisdictions.

GMA has a solid grasp in various industries, such as real estate and tourism, energy, banking, insurance, health, sports, and marketing. Has a complex, general, and high-leverage litigation practice, entering in areas of recent growth in the country such as arbitration, white-collar crimes, municipality law, bankruptcy, and private international law.

Client satisfaction is paramount for GMA and thrives to achieve optimal results, as such, the firm chooses not to bill based on traditional hourly methods and instead seek a value-billing approach.