Masaru Tohyama is a partner of our firm. He was admitted to the Japanese Bar in 2007.
Mr. Tohyama provides sophisticated legal services to a diverse range of domestic and international corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, structured finance and securities transactions. He frequently advises listed companies and large entities on corporate governance issues including ESG requirements and sustainability reporting.
Mr. Tohyama also has deep and extensive experience in labor dispute resolution procedures as well as civil litigation, and is the Deputy Chair of the Dispute Coordinating Committee and the Chief Conciliator for Disputes Involving Equal Opportunity and Treatment of Dispatched Workers at Tokyo Labor Bureau.
Recognized for his expertise in international transactions, Mr. Tohyama has been appointed by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) as a legal expert to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in developing international business since 2017. He is experienced in defending individuals and companies against allegations related to white collar crime and assisting clients during the investigation phase of potential criminal cases.
In practice of public interest, Mr. Tohyama serves as a Domestic Relations Conciliation Commissioner at Tokyo Family Court and as a member of the Board of Examiners administering the National Examination of Dispute Resolution Practice for Labor and Social Security Attorneys.
Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Tohyama was a partner for nine and a half years at another Tokyo-based law firm specializing in corporate practice. Prior to his admission to the bar, Mr. Tohyama was a Director of Capital Markets and Financing at Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co. Before Merrill Lynch, he worked at NTT DoCoMo, Inc. as a manager of international M&As and investments. Mr. Tohyama started his career at The Bank of Tokyo Ltd. and then The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd., and had extensive experience as a banker in international project, acquisition, trade and corporate finance as well as financial derivative products. At Duke Law School, Mr. Tohyama was a Special Staff Editor of Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law.