Takefumi Sato is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and general corporate practice groups at Nishimura & Asahi. He has represented clients in various M&A transactions and other kinds of domestic and cross-border commercial transactions, including distributorship agreements and licensing arrangements. His broad M&A experience includes business mergers involving listed companies and going private transactions via cash-out schemes and joint ventures, and covers a wide range of industries such as manufacturing and financial services. He has also advised companies on defending against unsolicited bids and hostile takeover attempts.
In addition, he has extensive knowledge of the Companies Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and has frequently counseled clients on corporate governance matters, including advice on shareholders meetings and support for business judgments. He also lectures and publishes on these areas.
Moreover, he has recently expanded his practice to advise a number of companies on emerging legal issues in situations requiring difficult business judgments, including corporate crisis management.

Recent activities


Practical Law Global Guide 2021: Public Mergers and Acquisitions - Japan



Practical Law Global Guide 2020: Public Mergers and Acquisitions - Japan



Corpus Juris M&A - Completely Revised Edition (first volume) (second volume)



Columbia University School of Law (LL.M.)
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2016 - 2019
Lecturer, University of Tsukuba Law School
2015 - 2017
Advisory Committee member, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co., Ltd.
2006 -
Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University School of Law
2005 - 2009
Outside Director, Securities Co., Ltd.
2002 - 2003
Debevoise & Plimpton, New York