Masaakira Kitazawa

Masaakira Kitazawa

Masaakira Kitazawa is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, and specializes in the banking, securities and commercial fields for foreign and domestic clients. He has worked on financial regulatory matters, including corporate governance and compliance, and financial transactional matters, including acquisition and restructuring of corporate group entities as well as M&A transactions for domestic and foreign companies. He is also involved in private equity investment and securitization matters. Mr. Kitazawa was also involved in many IPO's and public offerings as well as listings on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. His projects and transactions have included the following:
Acting as the chief legal advisor to a temporarily nationalized Japanese bank, which was subsequently privatized. Provides ongoing advice to the subsequent entity relating to all aspects of its business, including government relations, banking, commercial transactions, acquisitions as well as general advice to management.
Advising a prestigious UK investment bank after it failed following unauthorized Asian future transactions. The work involved intense negotiations with Japan's financial authorities, stock exchange, and courts.
Advising a major US financial institution on all aspects of its operations in Japan, including its consumer finance subsidiaries, acquisitions of other companies, and all issues related to compliance with strict Japanese regulatory requirements.
Advising a major UK based venture capital and private equity entity in connection with its establishment and subsequent investment activities.
Securitizing real properties and other assets owned by solvent and insolvent insurance companies, on behalf of funds managed and administered by a major US investment bank.
Advising the UK Government, issuers and/or underwriters on secondary offerings in the privatization initiatives taken in the UK electricity, gas and water industries.

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Kitazawa Masaakira

Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • Corporate Transaction Group
  • Financial Services & Transactions Group
  • Corporate Crisis Management Practice Group
  • Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group


1976 Tokyo University (LL.B.)
1981 Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
1981 - 1982 Trained at a law firm in the United States


A survey of current regulatory trends Publication by International Bar Association, Financial Crisis Task Force
Oct 2010
Interim Report: preliminary views on the financial crisis Task Force on the Financial Crisis (April 2010)
Apr 2010


Jun 4, 2013
Cross-Border M&A in East Asia IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association)
Apr 17 - 20, 2013
Sep 26 - 28, 2012
May 2 - 5, 2010
Jul 10, 1995


Apr 15, 2021
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 31, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2011
Sep 14, 2010

Professional Admissions

  • Japan (1978)
  • New York (1982)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English