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Practice Areas

M&A, securities, private equity funds, general corporate.


Worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York in 2001-02. Visiting Professor, Tokyo University Law School (2019-).

Professional Memberships

Japan, 1997; New York, 2002. Member of the Corporate Value Study Group organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2004 to 2008); Member of the First Subcommittee of Sectional Committee on Financial System of Financial System Council (2005-06); Member of Liaison Conference on Corporate Governance organized by Financial Services Agency (2010-11). Member of the Fair M&A Study Group, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2018-2019).


"Implications and Practical Impact of the Fair M&A Guidelines ", Commercial Law Review, 2019; "TOBs in Japan", Yuhikaku, 2016; "Comprehensive Analysis of M&A Laws of Japan", Yuhikaku, 2015; "Special Committees for MBOs in Japan", The Financial and Business Law Precedents, 2013; "Regulations for Proxy Solicitation", Lexis Nexis "Business Issues”, 2011; "Deal Protection Measures", Financial and Business Law Precedents, 2008; "Practical Issues of Triangular Mergers", Commercial Law Review, 2008; "Legal Analysis of Hostile Takeover Defenses", Commercial Law Review, 2004.


Graduated from the University of Tokyo (LLB, 1995), the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan and University of Chicago Law School (LLM, 2001).