Senior Counsel
[ Partner ]
Yogo Kimura

With wide-range of experiences and accomplishments, the long-standing field of expertise in corporate law and international finance law.

⎾Lawyers in the midst of Reformation⏌ -Lawyers and Internationalization
(co-authored) (Yuhikaku)
“How to Start and Grow a Hedge Fund in Asia”” (co-authored) (ISI Publications)

1977 Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

・1970     Graduation from the University of Tokyo(LL.B.)
・1975~1977  Diploma from The Legal Research and Training Institute
・1986     Graduation from the Law School of University of Michigan (MCL)

Professional Career
・ Apr 1977 - Mar 1982 Tsuguo Imamura Law Office
・ Apr 1982 - Mar 2008 The law firm of Hamada & Matsumoto (presently: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
・ Aug 1985 - 1986     Stagiaire at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (New York)
・ Apr 2008 - Jun 2017 SPARX Group Co., Ltd. and SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd. (General Counsel)
・ Apr 2012 - Jun 2017 Hibiya Minami Law Office
・ Jun 2017 - present  Koma Glocal Law Office (presently: Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office)

[ Partner ]
Yusaku Ono

Having continuously pursued legal work pertaining to foreign investment funds for the past thirty years, the know-how and experience on the establishment, sale and marketing, registration and other related tasks on foreign funds are warranted.
Furthermore, with a focus on the legal aspects of foreign investment funds, tasks concerning asset management for investment use companies, investment management companies, stock companies and banks are offered.

Publications, presentations and articles
・⎾Q&A Business Practice under Financial Instruments and Exchange Law⏌
  (co-author, Sanseido 2008) written the segment on the investment management business
・⎾IMPA Reacts to Japanese Tax Rules⏌(International Financial Law Review, 1998)
・⎾Asian Investment Law Directory⏌(1995) written the segment on Japan
・⎾Legal Opinions in International Transactions⏌(International Bar Association, 1998) written the segment on Japan

・Participated as a panelist in the Funds of Funds seminar that took place during the annual IBA conference held in Amsterdam in the year 2000.
・A lecturer for approximately every year from 2002 to the present at the seminar sponsored by the the Institute for Monetary-fiscal policy.
・A lecturer for approximately every year at the seminar sponsored by Seminar-Info Co., Ltd.
・A lecturer at seminars sponsored by Facsimile News in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
・Awarded Band 1 of Leading Individuals by the Chambers Asia Pacific- Asia Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the year 2015 and 2016.

・1978 Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association
・1986 New York state, USA

・1974 Graduation from Chuo University (LL.B.)
・1978 Diploma from The Legal Research and Training Institute
・1983 Graduation from the Master’s Program at the Law School of New York University

Professional Career
・1978     Yuasa & Hara International Law, Patent, Trademark & Accounting
・1983 - 1984 Deacons (Hong Kong law firm)
・1984 - 1986 Yamada・Kondemi・Thomas & Dean (New York law firm)
・1986 - 2002 Hamada & Matsumoto
・1991     Hamada & Matsumoto (Partner)
・2002 - 2017 Baker & McKenzie (Partner)
・Oct 2017 - present   Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office (Partner)

[ Partner ]
Masato Yamanaka

Mr. Yamanaka's practice focuses on finance law and corporate law related matters, including regulation of financial institutions and general corporations, securitization and liquidation, collective investment schemes, as well as disclosure in primary and secondary securities markets, and derivative transactions. His practice also covers a number of litigation related to financial products.

Publications, presentations and articles
I. Securities Regulation, Securities Litigation
  ・“Defence Strategy against US Class Action: Securities Class Action(1)(2)” Business Law Journal, Jan & Feb 2018
  ・“Need for Self-Regulatory and Aggressive Securities Market Regulations” The Japan Business Law, May 2006
  ・“Financing Scheme (Moving Strike Convertible Bond) Used by Livedoor and Lehman Brothers,” The Japan Business Law, May 2005
  ・Co-author, “Case Study of Ministerial Ordinance concerning Securities Companies: An Examination of Cases where Sanctions were Imposed by the Financial Services
   Agency Regarding EB Bond/Provision of Special Benefit,” Commercial Law Review, March 2003
II. Trust, Investment Trust, Investment Advisory Business, Fiduciary Duty
  ・“Legal and Practical Issues of Life Insurance Trust” Shintaku Forum vol.5, March 2016
  ・“Points to Note for Sale of Inventment Trust – How to Act If a Distributing Company (Hanbai Kaisha) Finds an Inadequate Prospectus- Analysis Based on Tokyo High
   Court Decision Regarding Investment Trust with Monthly Dividend dated Janurary 26, 2015” Ginko Homu21 No. 788, July 2015
  ・“Consideration on Accountability of Investment Trust Management Companies – Based on Tokyo District Court Evaluation Regarding Monthly Dividend Type
   Investment Trust dated March 11, 2014” Kinyu Homu Jijo No. 2006, November 2014
  ・“Fiduciary Duty of Asset Management Companies under Japanese Law,” Jurist, December 2003
  ・Co-author, “Investment Trust with Only One Beneficiary and Investment Trust Investing in Only One Investment (Volume I and Volume II),” Kinyu Homu Jijo Nos.
   1671 and 1672, April 2003
  ・Co-author, “Theoretical Inquiries on Duty of Explanation with respect to MMF and other Investment Trusts,” Kinyu Homu JijoNo. 1642, May 2002
  ・“Loss of Principal of MMF (Money Market Fund) and Accounting for Investors: Accountability of Investment Trust Management Companies and Distribution
   Companies,” Kinyu Homu Jijo No. 1630, December 2001
  ・“Inquiries on Various Concepts about Investment Trust,” Kinyu Homu Jijo No. 1575, April 2000
III. Derivatives
  ・“Soccer Lottery (“TOTO”) and New Types of Derivatives,” Kinyu Homu Jijo No. 1609, April 2001
  ・Co-author, “Derivatives Transactions under Financial System Reform Laws (1) – (4),” Kinyu Homu Jijo Nos. 1539 -1543, February – April 1999
IV. Corporate Law
  ・“Legal Issues on Protection against Hostile Takeovers (Volumes I and II),” The Japan Business Law, November and December 2005
  ・“Unification of Kabushiki Kaisha and Yugen Kaisha: Goudou Kaisha and LLP,” Zeimu Koho, February 2005
  ・All about the New Corporate Law Code: Q&A, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2005
V. Securitization
  ・“Fundamental Concepts of Investment Management Business in Financial Instruments and Exchange Act – Real Estate Fund of Securitization Type-” Kinyu Homu Jijo No. 1825, February 2008
  ・“New Company Law and SPCs in Securitization,” Kinyu-Homu-Jijo No. 1767, April 2006
  ・“Effect brought onto the Practice of Securitization and Business Reorganization by New Laws in Japan,” New Business Law, December 2004
VI. Personal Information Protection Law
  ・“Personal Information Protection Law: How to Address Issues Related to Delegates,” The Japan Business Law, February 2005
VII. Bankruptcy Law
  ・Co-author, All about the New Bankruptcy Law Promulgated on June 2, 2004, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2004
VIII. Others
  ・“Federal and State Law Systems in USC concerning Management of Lease and Rental Housing,” The Japanese Journal of Real Estate Sciences No. 93, September 2010
  ・“Responsibility of Rookie Lawyer Causing Losses by Giving Bad Advice to a Client,” The Japan Business Law, January 2004
  ・“Rights and Obligations Represented by the Bill of Landing,” Keiri-joho, October 2003
  ・“Practice for the Right to Complete Blank Checks,” Keiri-joho, March 2003

Masato Yamanaka holds many lectures and seminars about securities regulations, investment trusts, private funds, trust beneficial interests, derivatives, FX margin transations etc.

・1998 Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association
・2011 New York State, USA
・2016 Certified Trust Practitioner (Japan)
・2017 Washington D.C., USA

・1996 Graduation from Waseda University (LL.B.)
・2009 Graduation from University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M.)

Professional Career
・Apr 1998〜 Sep 2002 Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda
・Oct 2002〜 May 2007 Asahi & Koma Law office
・May 2007〜 Dec 2017 Baker & McKenzie (Partner)
・Jan 2018〜present Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office (Partner)

・Sep 2009〜Dec 2009 Baker McKenzie New York Office
・Jan 2010〜Mar 2010 Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (Legal Department)
・Apr 2010〜Dec 2011 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, New York Branch (Specialized Finance Department)

・FUKUSHI TRUST Co., Ltd. (Director)
・Ippan Shadan Hojin Civil Trust Promotion Center (Former Inspector)
・Japan Israel Chamber of Commerce (Auditor)
・Japan Curling Association (Legal Counsel, Compliance Committee Member)
・Japan Balloon Federation (Legal Counsel)
・Tokyo Summary Court (Mediator)
・External Director of Japanese Type II Financial Instruments Business Operator
・Passed the Palau Law Essay Exam at Palau Bar Exam in 2015 (but failed to pass MPT exam)

[ Partner ]
Sosei Yamasaki

Sosei Yamasaki focuses on corporate legal matters, including corporate governance, cross-border transaction, M&A, joint venture, strategic investment, project development, and antitrust issues.
He regularly represents individual and corporate clients in complex commercial litigations, including acquisition-related matter, investment dispute, construction, real estate transaction.

Publications, presentations and articles
Publications, presentations and articles
“Latest practical manual for Directors” (Co-author,Shin Nippon Hoki, 2014)
“Legal Consultation about NPO” (Co-author,Eiji-Publishing, 2016)
“Need-to-know - Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations” (Co-author, Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association)
“Stock Purchase Model Contract Report of the American Bar Association” (Kokusai Shouji Houmu)
“Charity Global Guide〜Japan Chapter〜”(Thomson Reuters, Practical Law).

Seminars on the following themes conducted for client corporations (themes include: contracts in English; amendment of the Creditor Law; personal information; IT affiliated disputes; competition law compliance)

2009 Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

・Mar 2003 Graduation from Keio University (B.A., Law)
・Mar 2008 Graduation from Keio University Law School (LL.M)
・Dec 2009 Obtains diploma from the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Law Clerk)

Professional Career
・2010 - 2013 Nagase & Co., Ltd (In-house Legal Counsel)
・2013 - 2019 Higuchi & Partners, LPC
・2019      Associate of Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office

Senior Counsel
[ Senior Counsel ]
Reiichi Miyazaki

In addition to eight and a half years of experience as a distinct prosecutor, involvement with the legal interpretation of criminal law and legislation with the Ministry of Justice for over eight years has led to a status in the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, for the following 22 years, to screen the legislative proposals of the respective ministries and present legal opinions pertaining to all aspects of legislation to the governing Cabinet.

Publications, presentations and articles
“Simplifying Legislation” co-author, Shinzansha, 1997.
Written the segment “Simplifying Laws and Ordinances from the Legislation Standpoint”

2016 Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

・1968 Graduation from the University of Tokyo(LL.B.)

Professional Career
・1970 - 1984 As a public prosecutor for the district courts in Tokyo, Okayama and Sapporo. During this period, served as public prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice Correction Bureau (engaged in revising the Prison Law, etc.)
・1984 - 1986 Counsellor for the Criminal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice
(in charge of the revision of the Juvenile Law and effectuating countermeasures for drug related crime, etc.) During this period, was sent to France for approximately six months on a field study to survey contingent assistance in international criminal investigations.
Engaged in “Problems and Countermeasures for Resolving International Crime Investigations” of Legal Affairs Research
・1987 - 1993  Counselor of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau (Second Department)
・1993 - 1996  Executive-Secretary of Administrative Office of the Director-General of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
・1996 - 2002  Director-General of the Second Division of the Bureau
・2002 - 2004  Director-General of the First Division of the Bureau
・2004 - 2006  Deputy Director-General of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
・2006 - 2010  Director-General of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
・2010 - 2016  Professor of Hosei Law School
・Jan 2018 - present Senior Counsel of Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office

[ Adviser ]
Toshihiko Seki

Mr. Seki has professional knowledge on commercial law and companies law.

Publications, presentations and articles
・Theory for Evaluation of Stocks(Shoji Homu Kenkyu Kai, 1983)【sole author】
・Corporate Law(2nd Edition of Complete Revision)(Shoji Homu Kenkyu Kai, 2009)【sole author】
・General Rules of Commercial Law (2nd Edition)(Yuhikaku,2007)【sole author】
・Laws on Financial Bills and Checks (New Edition)(Shoji Homu Kenkyu Kai, 2004)【sole author】

2004 Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

・Mar 1965 University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
・Mar 1976 University of Tokyo (J.D.)
・1980    Univercité de Paris Panthéon Sorbonne (foreign student sponsored by French government)
・1987    Harvard Law School, Visiting Scholar

[ Associate ]
Ranko Komori

She has experiences in the practice of domestic corporate law, international corporate law, finance, civil cases in general, etc.

Language proficiency
Japanese, English

2016 Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

・Sep 2007 - July 2008 Boston University
・Mar 2010        Waseda University (LL.B.)(School of International Liberal Studies)
・Mar 2013        Waseda Law School (LL.M.)
・2015           Diploma from the Institute of Legal Research and Training

Professional Career
・2016 Koma Glocal Law Office (presently: Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office)

[ Associate ]
Etsuko Harisaki

She has been engaged in overall corporate legal affairs especially involving internet providers and AI. Her experience extends to providing legal advice and support for the startup of new business, as well as dealing with customer relations in connection to BtoC business.
With her past experiences, she wishes to contribute to the clients’ business growth and prosperity.

Practice Areas in the past
General Corporate Matters, Artificial Intelligence, Telecommunications Business Act, Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, Civil Litigations, etc.

・Tokyo Bar Association (2016)

・Mar 2012 Graduation from Chuo University (B.A., Law)
・Mar 2014 Graduation from Keio University Law School (J.D.)
・Sept 2014 Passed the bar examination
・Dec 2015 Obtained diploma from the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Law Clerk)

Professional Career
・2016 - 2017 Clair Legal Professional Corporation
・2017 - 2020 FreeBit Co., Ltd.
・2020 - 2021 PKSHA Technology Inc.
・2021 - Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office

[ Associate ]
Sakiko Nishimura

She spent about 7 years of her childhood in Netherlands and UK, and she is fluent in English. She provides legal service using her strength in English.

・Tokyo Bar Association (2020)

・Mar 2011 Graduation from Tokyo Metropolitan University (B.A.)
・Mar 2014 Graduation from Rikkyo Law School (J.D.)
・Dec 2019 Obtained diploma from the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Law Clerk)

Professional Career
・2020 -  Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office

[ Associate ]
Ami Matsumoto

I will offer the utmost to our clients with sincere consultations and by relating to the problems at hand.
My determination to continue learning and finding challenges will not wane but will be heightened with experience.

・Daini Tokyo Bar Association(2022)

・Mar 2017 Graduation from Chuo University (B.A., Law)
・Mar 2020 Graduation from Tokyo University (J.D.)
・Jan 2021 Passed the bar examination
・Apr 2022 Obtained diploma from the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Law Clerk)

Professional Career
・2022 - Koma & Ono Glocal Law Office(2022)

・2014 International work experience at the ILO in Swittzerland