Chambers Seminar: Cross Border Transactions

We are delighted to announce the Chambers Forum Seminar on Cross-Border Transactions will be in association with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. As Cross-Border Transactions continue to grow across industries, more and more foreign companies are facing Japan-specific legal issues, which have grown in complexity and stringency. This seminar provides an overview of the market and recent legal trends in Japan, with particular focus on the following areas:

>M&A, particularly in the life science industry
>Integrated Resorts and Casinos

To better understand such legal trends and address the issues they raise, it is critical for companies to understand the recent regulatory developments in Japan, including the general attitudes of regulators in their respective industries.  This seminar will cover these topics through insights from the leading experts in these fields.

Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019

Time: 14:00 - 16:00


Bryan Dunn
Gaikokuhou Jimu Bengoshi /Senior Foreign Counsel
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Bryan Dunn advises on a broad range of corporate / M&A and cross-border investment transactions in Japan, elsewhere in the Asia pacific region, Canada and the US. He has over 20 years' experience of advising on outbound M&A for Japanese corporations; inbound M&A for foreign corporations; cross-border joint ventures, and other multi-jurisdictional investment structures in various industry sectors including manufacturing, distribution and technology. Bryan is qualified in England and Canada, and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Japanese Bar Association.



Naosuke Fujita
Managing Director and General Counsel Japan
Goldman Sachs

Naosuke Fujita is Goldman Sachs’ managing director and general counsel for Japan and oversees the legal coverage of all the firm’s business in Japan.  He is a member of Goldman Sachs Japan’s executive committee.  Previously Naosuke was in private practice for 16 years as partner with the Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and the Tokyo Offices of US law firms, Paul Hastings and O’Melveny & Myers.  At work Naosuke is an MD ally of the Japan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network and is an active sponsor of legal pro bono opportunities including partnering with outside law firms on LGBT initiatives, refugee issues and support for small and medium enterprises.  Naosuke is a 1985 graduate of Waseda University Law School and earned an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991.  In 2017 Naosuke was awarded the 2017 Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award by the Section of International Law, American Bar Association and the Most Innovative General Counsel Award by the Financial Times for his significant involvement in pro-bono work in support of LGBT rights.

Hiroshi Ishihara
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Hiroshi Ishihara specializes in international and domestic corporate law matters including M&A, life sciences and intellectual property transactions. In connection with M&A transactions, he has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, business integration between listed companies, joint ventures and intragroup reorganizations. Also, he advises on many international commercial transactions, such as negotiation for a license agreement, manufacturing agreement and other agreements between Japanese and overseas companies. He also specializes in healthcare and life sciences industry and handles many transactions and regulatory issues, including joint development agreements and regulations with respect to medical devices and regenerative medicines. Hiroshi is a qualified Japanese lawyer (bengoshi) as well as a qualified lawyer in New York and California.

Hitoshi Ishihara
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Hitoshi Ishihara has an exceptional focus on cross-border business negotiation, dispute resolution, M&A, international trade, and corporate/commercial matters (including advice concerning corporate governance, compliance, JV management, and internal investigations). His distinctive English skill, backed by over seven years experience in the United States, enables him to effectively bridge the linguistic and cultural gap faced by his clients.Hitoshi has extensive focus and knowledge concerning the Japanese casino and gaming laws including the Japanese Integrated Resort (IR) Act, providing advice concerning the Japanese gaming regulations to various stakeholders. He is the only Japanese attorney-at-law who is admitted as a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), which is a non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world. Hitoshi is quoted by Who’s Who Legal as “Hitoshi Ishihara boasts vast experience in the TMT sector and is a well-known figure in the gaming market” and has been named "Gaming Lawyer of the Year in Japan" by various publications.

Kunihiko Morishita
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Kunihiko Morishita works primarily in the fields of domestic and international banking, securities and asset management. He has been named as a leading lawyer by several publications including the International Financial Law Review and Chambers’ “The World’s Leading Lawyers”, and is a member of the Financial Law Board, an influential advisory body regarding financial law matters sponsored by the Bank of Japan. Kunihiko has extensive experience in representing financial institutions, including investment management companies, before the Financial Services Agency and other Japanese regulatory authorities. He regularly advises a number of multinational financial institutions, located within and outside of Japan, in relation to regulatory issues in the fields of securities, trusts, insurance and asset management.


Ryu Umezu
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Ryu Umezu specializes in finance, securities and capital market transactions, investments (including corporate, business and real property acquisitions), investment funds and regulatory matters for financial institutions and investment funds. As a capital markets specialist, he has prominent record in advising IPOs, listings, equity offerings and debt offerings in Japan as well as at the markets out of Japan including the US, UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel. He advises a number of major global and Japanese financial institutions.