Jumpei Seto | Tokyo | Hogan Lovells

Jumpei Seto

Senior Associate Corporate & Finance


English, Japanese


Jumpei Seto
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Jumpei Seto regularly advises US and Japanese clients on a range of complex cross-border matters, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets transactions. As a native speaker of both English and Japanese, Jumpei represents Japanese and other international clients in public and private cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and strategic and venture capital investments.  

He also has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters on global securities offerings, including Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)–registered and exempt offerings. 

Jumpei is involved in a large number of global offerings conducted by Japanese real estate investment trusts (J-REITs) and infrastructure funds pursuant to Rule 144A/Regulation S, whether as the issuer’s counsel or underwriters’ counsel. Notably, Jumpei advised on the first-ever global offering for an infrastructure fund on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s (TSE) new market for listed renewable energy and social-infrastructure funds. He also counsels Japanese clients on cross-border securities law issues relating to business combinations.  

Having practiced for a number of years in Northern California, Jumpei maintains an active US-based practice representing issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, compliance with SEC regulations, corporate governance matters, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance issues, and reporting obligations under the Exchange Act. Jumpei also has significant experience guiding public companies and underwriters through initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary public offerings, private investment in public equity (PIPEs), at-the-market offerings (ATMs), registered direct offerings, tender offers, and convertible debt financing. In addition, Jumpei advises US and Japanese venture capital and corporate venture capital clients in connection with investments in private companies.  

Representative experience

Advising Virbac on its agreement with ORIX Corporation for the €280 million acquisition of its Japanese animal health subsidiary Sasaeah Holdings Co., Ltd.

Advising Sojitz Corporation on its acquisition of Silaba Motors, S.A., marking Sojitz's entry into the Central and South American market.

Daicel Corporation on its strategic investment in PharmaJet, a U.S.-based company that develops needle- and syringe-free device systems for intradermal injections.

Advising Samvardhana Motherson International Limited on its purchase of an 81% stake in Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd., a TSE-listed subsidiary of Honda Motors Co., Ltd. 

Mori Trust Sogo Reit, Inc. and its asset manager, Mori Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd., on the approximately  ¥66.2 billion merger of Mori Trust Sogo Reit with Mori Trust Hotel Reit, Inc.*

Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation and its asset manager, Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty, in the approximately $11 billion merger of Japan Retail Fund with MCUBS MidCity Investment Corporation.*

Aspirant Group Inc. in its acquisition of John Masters Organics Group Inc., a leading organics cosmetics producer, and its US-based subsidiary, John Masters Organics Inc.*

A California-based provider of online curated experiences in its sale to one of the largest global financial services corporations specializing in credit cards and payment systems.*

Tadano Ltd. in its acquisition of a 14.9% stake in NASDAQ-listed Manitex International Inc. (Nasdaq: MNTX).*

Dentsu Inc. in its convertible note investment in a California-based developer behind an innovative privacy web browser and a business collaboration and the establishment of a subsidiary in Japan.*

A joint venture between Japan’s leading electronics company and a Japanese investment bank in its Series B investment in a Silicon Valley-based audio signal processing software company.*

A sovereign wealth fund in its investment in Cross River, an innovative bank that provides technology infrastructure to fintech and technology companies.*

Nomura, Mizuho, Citi and Daiwa, the financial advisors to JX Holdings Inc., in its business combination with TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK.*

Owl Creek Asset Management on Comcast NBCUniversal’s acquisition of its 51% interest in Universal Studios Japan and Comcast’s subsequent acquisition of 49% interest in USJ, valuing USJ at $7.4 billion.*

Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc., a TSE-listed J-REIT, in its $311 million global initial public offering (IPO) and three follow-on global equity offerings.*

The underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko, Morgan Stanley, and Daiwa Securities in an approximately $116 million global IPO of Mitsubishi Estate Logistics REIT, in addition to three global equity offerings.*

The underwriters, led by Mizuho and Macquarie in three global equity offerings for an aggregate value of approximately $692 million of Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund Inc., including their IPO.*

The underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko and Mizuho in a $220 million global equity offering of Itochu Group-sponsored Enex Infrastructure Investment Corporation.*

The underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko, Goldman Sachs, Mizuho, and Daiwa in three global equity offerings for Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corporation, the largest Japanese hotel J-REIT listed on the TSE.*

The underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko and Morgan Stanley in a $314 million global equity offering of United Urban Investment Corporation, a TSE-listed J-REIT sponsored by Marubeni Corporation.*

The underwriters, led by SMBC Nikko, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch and Daiwa in a $309 million global equity offering of Japan Rental Housing Investments Inc., a TSE-listed J-REIT.*

Kenedix Retail REIT Corporation, a TSE-listed J-REIT, in its $501 million global IPO and three follow-on global equity offerings.*

Mitsubishi Estate and its wholly owned finance subsidiary, MEC Finance USA, in respect of its $4 billion Medium Term Note Program.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., University of Richmond, 2008
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • California
  • Japan - Daini Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)