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Masaki Hosaka, Yoshinobu Fujimoto, and Yoshiyuki Kizu selected for The Legal 500’s M&A Powerlist: Asia Pacific 2024

The Legal 500 M&A Powerlist: Asia Pacific 2024

Nishimura & Asahi is pleased to announce that our Tokyo partners Masaki Hosaka, Yoshinobu Fujimoto, and Yoshiyuki Kizu have been selected for The Legal 500’s M&A Powerlist: Asia Pacific 2024. 

The inaugural Asia Pacific M&A Powerlist is based on extensive research conducted by The Legal 500’s research team, who also approached leading M&A practitioners and general counsel active in the market to identify leading M&A counsel across the region. 


保坂 雅樹


  • Of Counsel
  • Tokyo

Masaki Hosaka has expertise in General Corporate and M&A law. He was the Managing Partner of the firm from early 2011 to March 2021, and Chairman of The Management Board from April 2021 to March 2024. He is now an student in the Bachelor’s program at the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Education.

藤本 欣伸

Yoshinobu was promoted to partner in 1999. He has experience in NP loans, real estate transactions, and equity investment cases dealing with foreign capital funds and companies. In addition to domestic M&A and business integration cases, he has recently been engaged in many M&A and JV cases by Japanese corporations in the USA, Europe, and Asian countries. He has advised Japanese corporations on lawsuits in the USA and other overseas countries, and has extensive experience in the dispute settlement and risk management fields. He has won many awards in the Corporate/M&A, Private Wealth and Healthcare fields from business law reviews, such as Chambers Global and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

木津 嘉之

Yoshi’s practice covers various M&A transactions, cross border deals, and day-to-day commercial businesses, with a focus on Europe-related matters. He lived in Europe approx. 8 years including studying at the master of law at UCL in London, working approx. 3 years in leading firms in Frankfurt, Paris and Italy, a short secondment in Barcelona/Madrid and having regular business trips all across Europe including the Netherlands, Nordic countries and Eastern Europe. As a leading partner of Europe practice and cross-border team, Yoshi provides a tailored legal services in a timely and flexible manner.