Lawyers List

   Kozo Toyama
   Yoshinori Hosoya
   Kenji Kawahigashi
   Osamu Higuchi
   Sunao Nakamura
   Kazuma Kato
   Shusuke Kawamoto
   Kotomi Ejiri
   Takakuni Ujike
   Hidenori Ueki
   Kaori Fuse
   Kohei Nomura
   Yu Matsushita
Of Counsel
   Tsuyoshi Yamada
Patent attorney
   Keiji Masaki

Kenji Kawahigashi

Kenji Kawahigashi, partner at Keiwa Sogo Law Offices (Tokyo, Japan), is an international securities and corporate lawyer with almost 20 years of experience.

He previously worked as senior in-house legal counsel at Morgan Stanley Japan, and also as in-house counsel at the Japan Financial Services Agency (the Japan FSA) and [inspector at] the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (the SESC). Prior to joining Keiwa Sogo, Mr. Kawahigashi was a partner at Clifford Chance.

With his excellent and unique background, he provides legal advice on cross-border transactions, finance deals, insolvency matters, securities regulations, mergers and acquisitions, and securitization. Financial institutions (domestic and global) and funds (Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore) are among his clients.

With his background as a former inspector of the SESC, Mr. Kawahigashi often advises and represents financial institutions registered with the Japan FSA (such as broker/dealers, asset managers) when those institutions are being inspected and/or investigated by the Japan FSA and the SESC.

Mr. Kawahigashi received his degrees from The University of Tokyo (LL.B. 1988) and the University of Illinois, Law School (LL.M. 1994). He is admitted to the Japanese Bar (1990) and the New York Bar (1997). He spent?two years with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Los Angeles.

His expertise includes international commercial, corporate, and capital market transactions and regulations. In addition, he has extensive work experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate litigations.

Due to his significant professional experience, Mr. Kawahigashi acted as a visiting lecturer at Hosei University in Tokyo in 2000 and 2001. He has also lectured at seminars sponsored by Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), the Association of Japanese Corporate Legal Departments, and others. Kenji Kawahigashi was appointed as a visiting lecturer at Duke University, School of Law (2004).