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Wataru Kamoto


Wataru Kamoto
English, Japanese
Practice Group

When clients need legal advice on cross-border transactions involving Japan, they turn to Wataru Kamoto. Wataru mainly deals with M&A transactions and corporate legal issues but he also covers employment, antitrust and tax areas. He is familiar with the practices used by Japanese listed companies, as well as Japanese regulations on shares. He is known for providing clients with sound strategic advice. Wataru is a Japanese qualified lawyer- so called “Bengoshi”, as well as a New York qualified lawyer. He has more than 10 years' experience working for international law firms. He is well-versed on Japanese business practices, as well as international legal practices. With global experiences, Wataru has assisted multinational clients for years in seeking their own business strategies that address compliance and legal challenges. Wataru is business focused. With knowledge and experience in both corporate and tax laws, he has provided clients with sophisticated and business-focused legal advice.

 He is an M&A lawyer dealing with transactions in various business sectors and he does not intend to be limited to any specific industry; he has experience in the automotive, autoparts and pharmaceutical business sectors. Wataru used to be an external general counsel for a Japanese subsidiary of a multinational insurance company and, therefore he knows Japanese insurance business regulations well.

Representative experience

Act for a Japanese pharmaceutical company on acquisition of a UK-based global company by way of schem of arrangement.

Act for a Japanese listed company on business combination with another listed company.

Act for a Japanese life insurance company on selling the company to another company.

Act for a Japanese listed company on making equity investments into an Indonesian non-listed company.

Act for a Japanese auto-parts manufacturing company on acquisition of a French company's business.

Act for a U.S. equity fund on exercising its shareholders rights to a Japanese lised company.

Act for a U.S. fund on making investments into various Japanese companies.

Act for a Japanese listed company on a merger control filing in foreign countries.

Act for a Japanese company on the U.S. anti-trust investigation.

Act for a global company on dealing with an anti-trust related procedure by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.

Act for various foreign companies on merger control filings with the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.

Act for Japanese companies on their international tax planning.

Act for a French company on its tax consultation with the Japanese tax authorities.

Education and admissions


  • University of Tokyo, 1996
  • LL.M., International Taxation, New York University School of Law
  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2005 and 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Japan - Daini Tokyo Bar Assocation
  • New York

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Tokyo: 16 November 2017 at 09:30 - 18:00 ; Osaka: 13 November 2017 9:30 - 18:00

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