PROFESSIONALS

Masakazu IWAKURA


Practice Area


Education

Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1993)
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1985-1987)
The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1985)

Admission

Japan (1987)
New York (1994)

Experience

TMI Associates (Partner, 2017-Present)
Professor (Corporate Law and M&A Law), Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) (2006-Present)
Lecturer (Financial Transactions), Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School, Business law course (Tokyo) (2004-Present)
Nishimura & Asahi (Formerly known as Nishimura and Sanada) (1987-2016)
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School (2013-2014)
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School (Boston) (2007-2008)
Lecturer (Taxation), Kyoto University, Graduate School (Kyoto) (2005-2007)
Lecturer (International Taxation), Rikkyo University (Tokyo) (1992-1993, 1996-1997, 1998-1999)
Lecturer (International Transactions and Corporation Law), Hokkaido University, Graduate School (Sapporo) (1997-1998)
Lecturer (International Taxation), Yokohama National University, Graduate School (Yokohama) (1996-1997)
Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C. (1994-1995)
Debevoise & Plimpton, New York (1993-1994)

Languages

Japanese / English

Memberships

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
Outside Statutory Auditor, Imperial Hotel, Ltd. (2011-Present)
Committee Member of the Independent Committee of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (2007-2016)
Committee Member of the Independent Committee of Tokyo Broadcasting System Holsings, Inc. (2006-Present)
GMO Internet, Inc.(Outside Statutory Auditor, 2010-2014; Outside Director, 2014-2016)
Outside Director, COOKPAD Inc.(2012-2016)
Committee Member of the Independent Committee of Weathernews Inc.(2008-2014)
Statutory Auditor, Investor Communication Japan, Inc. (2004-2013)
Outside Director, NIDEC CORPORATION (2010-2012)
Kakaku.com, Inc. (Outside Statutory Auditor, 2005-2009; Outside Director, 2009-2010)
Outside Statutory Auditor, Kakaku.com Financial, Inc. (2008-2010)
Director (Board member), Fancl, Inc. (2006-2008)
Statutory Auditor, Jet Securities, Inc. (2000-2009)
Statutory Auditor, Japan Sports Advancement Lottery, Ltd. (2000-2007)
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Articles & Publications

2019/05/24ARTICLE “Japan – Trends and Developments”
2018/06/28ARTICLE “Japan – Trends and Developments”

Other Articles & Publications

  • BOOK “Casebook Mergers & Acquisitions,”(Co-Author/Editor), Shoji Homu
  • ARTICLE “Japan Chapter - The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2015,” Global Legal Group
  • ARTICLE “Overview of recent trends in M&A activity and relevant legal developments in Japan,” Euromoney Trading
  • ARTICLE “Japan Chapter - The Public Mergers and Acquisitions multi-jurisdictional guide 2014/15,” Practical Law Company
  • BOOK “Intellectual Property Laws,” (Co-Author), Koubundo
  • BOOK “The Practical Commentary on the Companies Act of Japan,“ (Co-Author/Editor),Yuhikaku
  • BOOK “The Leading Edge of M&A Legal Work,”(Co-Author/Editor),Shoji Homu
  • BOOK “Practical Consultation of the New Corporate Law,” (Editorial Superviser), (Co-Author),Shoji Homu
  • BOOK “Corpus Juris Finance - Update,” (Co-Author), Shoji Homu
  • BOOK “Corpus M&A,” (Co-Author), Shojihomu Kenkyukai

Seminars & Lectures

2018/05/24Hosted / Co-hosted “Legal Issues in FinTech and Crypt Currency”
2018/02/27MONTHLY TMI Associates’ 115th monthly seminar: “Responses to Recent Disputes and Litigation, Etc. over Japanese Enterprises and Critical Points – Focusing on Measures Against Activists, as well as Orders, Prosecution, Etc. by Foreign Authorities Due to Misconduct”
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Articles & Publications

2019/05/24 ARTICLE “Japan – Trends and Developments”
2018/06/28 ARTICLE “Japan – Trends and Developments”

Other Articles & Publications

  • BOOK “Casebook Mergers & Acquisitions,”(Co-Author/Editor), Shoji Homu
  • ARTICLE “Japan Chapter - The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2015,” Global Legal Group
  • ARTICLE “Overview of recent trends in M&A activity and relevant legal developments in Japan,” Euromoney Trading
  • ARTICLE “Japan Chapter - The Public Mergers and Acquisitions multi-jurisdictional guide 2014/15,” Practical Law Company
  • BOOK “Intellectual Property Laws,” (Co-Author), Koubundo
  • BOOK “The Practical Commentary on the Companies Act of Japan,“ (Co-Author/Editor),Yuhikaku
  • BOOK “The Leading Edge of M&A Legal Work,”(Co-Author/Editor),Shoji Homu
  • BOOK “Practical Consultation of the New Corporate Law,” (Editorial Superviser), (Co-Author),Shoji Homu
  • BOOK “Corpus Juris Finance - Update,” (Co-Author), Shoji Homu
  • BOOK “Corpus M&A,” (Co-Author), Shojihomu Kenkyukai
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