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稲垣 弘則
稲垣 弘則

Hironori INAGAKI

  • Partner
  • Tokyo

Based on his in-depth understanding of the business aspects of the sports and entertainment industries, he proactively provides dynamic advice to find solutions for his clients from both a business and legal perspective.

He understands and solves his client’s essential needs and challenges by leveraging his extensive domestic and international connections in the sports and entertainment field as well as his experience gained during secondment to the business side of a domestic sports management company.
He has assisted numerous companies in the area of Sports Digital Transformation (data business, sports betting, fantasy sports, NFT, sports tokens) and is experienced in cases involving a wide range of legal issues at the intersection of sports and technology. He is also the
Representative Director of the Council for Sports Ecosystem Promotion, an industry organization that aims to industrialize sports using digital transformation, etc., and is well versed in the latest trends and issues in the industry both domestically and internationally.

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University of Southern California Gould School of Law (LL.M.)
Kyoto University Law School (J.D.)
Doshisha University (LL.B.)

Professional Experience

Member of the Commission on the Revision of the Basic Act on Sports
Member of the “Envision” Subcommittee of the Commission on “Meeting for the Future Development of Sports” hosted by the Japan Sports Agency and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Committee Member, Task Force for the Creation of New Startup Markets, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
MLBPA Certified Player Agent
Representative Director, The Council for Sports Ecosystem Promotion
Member of the Commission on “Meeting for the Future Development of Sports,” hosted by Japan Sports Agency and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Working group member, "web3PT (formerly Project Team on Study of NFT Policy)," Digital Society Promotion Headquarters, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan 
Secretary General of the Council for Sports Ecosystem Promotion 
Auditor, Japan Sports Accounting Society 
Committee member, Committee on improving property rights in the sports content and data business, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Sports Agency 
FIBA Agent, International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 
Pacific League Marketing Corporation. (PLM) 
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, California