Kazuma Kato

Kazuma Kato

Kazuma Kato


Bar Admission: 2006 Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
Professional Experience: 2021- Independent Director, Omni-Plus System Limited (Singapore)
2014- Keiwa Sogo Law Offices
2013-2014 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Washington)
2006-2012 Keiwa Sogo Law Offices
Areas of Emphasis: Antitrust/Competition Law, EU-Related Matters, Financial Regulation, Financial Transactions, M&A, Distribution and License Agreements, Commercial and Corporate Law, Litigation and Arbitration
Membership: Committee on Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
International Affairs Committee, Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Chair, 2021-)
Japan Competition Law Forum
European Union Studies Association – Japan
Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Education: 2013 KU Leuven (LL.M. in European Law, cum laude)
2006 Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
1997 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
Publications: ‘Agency and Distributorship’ in Doing Business in Japan (Lexis Nexis)

‘Legal Challenges in Acquisition of Luxury Brands – Kao’s Acquisition of Oribe Hair Care’ (M&A Information Square, February 2018)

‘Acquisition of Soracom by KDDI and Its Impact on the Antimonopoly Act’ (M&A Information Square, September 2017)

‘NIDEC’s Corporate Strategy and Utilization of M&As’ (M&A Information Square, May 2017)

‘Global Corporate Acquisitions by Takeda Pharmaceutical’ (M&A Information Square, March 2017)

‘Record-Breaking Tax Penalty on Apple – What is the Logic behind EU’s Decision’ (WEDGE Infinity, September 2016)

‘Insider Trading Regulation and the “Pre-Knowledge Contract”/“Pre-Knowledge Scheme” Exemptions (Supplement)’ (Integrex Hot Press, March 2016)

‘Class Actions against VW Filed across the U.S. – Reading the Complaint of the First Case’ (WEDGE Infinity, October 2015)

‘Insider Trading Regulation and the “Pre-Knowledge Contract”/“Pre-Knowledge Scheme” Exemptions’ (Integrex Hot Press, August 2015)

‘Offshore Fund (Corporate Type) – Burden at Its Establishment; Comparative Review of Schemes Other Than Corporate Type Advisable’ (Fund Information, July 2009) (co-authored)

‘Commodity Investment Advisory Business – Permission Required, Difference in the Code of Conduct and Its Exemptions’ (Fund Information, March 2009) (co-authored)

‘Short Selling Regulation – The Two Restrictions Becoming a Global Trend after the Financial Crisis’ (Fund Information, October 2008) (co-authored)

‘Creation of the Market for Professional Investors – Relaxation of the Disclosure Regulation for Specified Investors’ (Fund Information, June 2008) (co-authored)

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