Yoshinobu MIZUTANI / 水谷 嘉伸


Bar Admissions

  • Attorney-at-law


  • Japan (The Tokyo Bar Association), New York


  • Sophia University Faculty of Law
  • Columbia Law School (LL.M.) (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) (2004-2005)

Professional Experience

  • T. Hasegawa & Co., Law Offices (2002-2004, Tokyo)
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP (2005-2008, Tokyo)
  • Ito & Mitomi / Morrison & Foerster LLP (2008-2012, Tokyo and San Francisco)
  • Matsuda & Partners (2012-present, Tokyo)

Practice Areas

  • Cross-border transactions
  • Commercial law
  • Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions


  • "Basics of English Non-Disclosure Agreements and Practical Analysis of Core Provisions" (2015)
  • "Overview of Reorganization Type M&As in Japan and Unique Legal Risks of Japanese Companies Encountered by Foreign Companies Conducting Due Diligence in In-Bound M&As in Japan" (2012)

Mr. Mizutani is a partner attorney spearheading the cross border department at Matsuda & Partners.  He is involved in various international commercial matters representing both Japanese and non-Japanese companies, including matters such as international contracts, joint ventures and M&As.  He also provides domestic and foreign clients with legal advice on a daily basis regarding various legal matters involving commercial law.  Through his broad experience of cross border matters over the years, Mr. Mizutani is highly evaluated by his clients as the international lawyer having in-depth knowledge regarding all types of cross border deals including international transactions.

Mr. Mizutani graduated from Sophia University Faculty of Law in 1999, completed his legal studies and apprenticeship program at The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan in 2002 (55th term), was admitted to the Japan bar in 2002, and is a member of The Tokyo Bar Association.  He also graduated from Columbia University School of Law (LL.M.) in 2005 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and was admitted to the New York bar in 2006. 

Prior to joining Matsuda & Partners, Mr. Mizutani has built his legal career at several renowned international law firms in Japan including more than 4 years of practice at Ito & Mitomi / Morrison & Foerster LLP.




Asahi Seimei Otemachi Building 7F
6-1, Otemachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0004 Japan
TEL : +81-3-3272-0105 (English)
TEL : +81-3-3272-0101 (Japanese)
FAX : +81-3-3272-0102

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