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    The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. - Establishment of Shizuoka Financial Group, Inc. and transformation to a holding company structure

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi advised the Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. in connection with its transformation to a holding company structure through the establishment of Shizuoka Financial Group, Inc. [TSE: 5831].

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising Shizuoka Bank was led by partners Yuichiro Hirota, Yusuke Urano, Minoru Sonehara and Akiko Marukawa.


廣田 雄一郎

Yuichiro has been the co-head of our Osaka office since its establishment. After studying in the United States and being seconded to the Bank of Japan, he has mainly handled corporate, M&A, cross-border M&A, labor law, and labor dispute matters, and has extensive experience in a variety of other practice areas. In addition, he also regularly consults with his clients in order to ensure that any urgent matters are addressed promptly. His ability to advise on corporate crisis management and M&A matters is enhanced by his close relationships with his clients as well as with other legal professionals.

浦野 祐介

Yusuke URANO

  • NY LLP Partner
  • New York

Based in New York, Yusuke has advised on numerous M&A transactions, such as domestic/cross-border acquisitions and alliances, TOB transactions, going private/MBO transactions, joint venture transactions, venture capital investments, and group reorganizations, with a focus on Japan-U.S. cross-border M&A transactions. He has also handled various cross border cartel cases for domestic and foreign clients. He also regularly provides U.S. and global clients doing business in Japan with corporate governance, compliance, risk management, labor, intellectual property, and other general corporate advice.

丸川 顕子

Akiko has worked at our Osaka office since it was established in 2012, and deals with various corporate matters. She has extensive experience in the areas of M&A, corporate governance, compliance, and labor law, and has spent many years dealing with regulatory compliance matters for financial institutions. She also possesses a deep understanding of financial regulations such as the Banking Act. After studying in the United States and being seconded to the London branch of a Japanese bank, she has focused on cross-border transactions, and in cooperation with local counsels, she also supports the global business development of Japanese clients. By utilizing her wide-ranging experience, she seeks to understand each client’s unique problems and interests and provide comprehensive advice to address their needs.

曽根原 稔

Minoru has worked at our Osaka Office since it was established in 2012, providing legal advice to various clients, especially those located in the Kansai area. He advises on a wide range of business matters, including drafting Japanese/English contracts, and resolving labor and business disputes. His strength is in responding to clients’ needs promptly and appropriately, and he provides expert practical advice to guide clients’ business decisions. In particular, in M&A transactions, he contributes to the completion of deals through both a deep understanding of his clients’ products/services and by looking ahead to account for the clients’ future development. He carries out cross-border transactions in a timely and accurate manner through collaboration with other professionals, as well as by utilizing his theoretical and practical understanding of international law, which he acquired through his experiences of studying in the United States and being seconded to a US law firm.