Masaakira Kitazawa

Masaakira Kitazawa

Of Counsel

Masaakira Kitazawa is an of counsel at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and specializes in banking, securities, general corporate and commercial law. He advises domestic and foreign clients on financial regulatory matters, including corporate governance and compliance as well as transactional work, acquisition and restructuring of corporate group entities, M&A, tender offers, private equity investments and securitization. Mr. Kitazawa was also involved in many public offerings, including IPOs and listings on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Among others, his projects and transactions include the following:
Acting as chief legal advisor to a temporarily nationalized Japanese bank, which was subsequently privatized; providing ongoing advice to the subsequent entity in connection with all aspects of its business, including government relations, banking, commercial transactions, acquisitions and general advice to management.
Acting as chief legal advisor to a major Japanese bank targeted by Japan’s first hostile (later non-hostile) tender offer initiated by a Japanese financial group.
Advising a UK investment bank following its failure to abide by regulations in connection with Asian futures transactions. The work involved intense negotiations with Japanese financial authorities, the 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 issues related to compliance with stringent Japanese regulatory requirements.
Advising a major UK based venture capital and private entity in connection with its establishment and subsequent investment activities in Japan.
Securitization of real property 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 privatization initiatives undertaken with respect to the electricity, gas and water sectors in the UK.

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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
1987 - 2022 Partner of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
2023 Of Counsel of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune


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


Jul 27, 2023
Apr 14, 2022
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