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Practice Areas

Structured finance, derivatives, and banking. Financial regulations and compliance, especially communication strategies with regulators. Providing one-stop comprehensive advice from both transactional and regulatory perspectives.


Joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto in 2002, becoming Partner in 2011. Worked with The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, Ltd. (1996-1998). Seconded to Allen & Overy LLP (Securitisation; Structured Finance & Derivatives) (2007-2008); Financial Services Agency of Japan (Financial Inspector) (2012).

Professional Memberships

Admitted in Japan, 2002; New York, 2008. Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), 2013.


"Customer-oriented business conduct: Tackling dialogue with regulators on sustainable business models" (REGULATIONS vol.17, 2019); "The Legal 500: Banking & Finance 2nd Edition Country Comparative Guide" (The In-House Lawyer, 2019); "JFSA's Supervisory Approaches to Compliance Risk Management" (Kinyu Zaisei Jijyo No.3290, 2019); "JFSA’s supervisory approaches - Replacing checklists with engagement" (Kinyu Homu Jijyo No.2083, 2018); "Chambers Global Practice Guides Securitisation 2018 – Japan Trends & Developments" (Chambers Global Practice Guides Securitisation 2018); "Group Management of the Bank" (KINZAI, 2016); "Security Trust and Parallel Debt - How to Create Security in Japan for a Group of Creditors" (The Euromoney Asia-Pacific Capital Markets Handbook 2010); and "U.S. Corporate Law" (Yuhikaku, 2009).


Graduated from the University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1996); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 2007).