Taro Awataguchi

Taro Awataguchi


Taro Awataguchi is well experienced in advices on various finance transactions including asset-based lending, and representation of large creditors and strategic buyers in major financial restructuring cases. In the corporate reorganization case of Spansion Japan Limited (semi-conductor manufacturer), he represented the first-ever secured creditors committee officially admitted in the history of Japanese corporate reorganization cases and achieved full recovery plus award through contribution for successful business reorganization of the reorganization company. He also has been repeatedly appointed by the Tokyo District Court as the trustee in bankruptcy, including a notable bitcoin-related case. Taro has extensive experience in disputes and litigations as well in the matters of finance, insolvency and corporate law. He was included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan for banking and finance law. He is a fluent speaker at important domestic and international conferences on finance and insolvency law, and has experience of teaching the Companies Act of Japan in a university. He is the head of the operating committee of ABL Association in Japan.

Awataguchi Taro

Practice Areas

Practice Groups

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


Mar 1995 Waseda University (LL.B.)


Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2020 (Japan Chapter) Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2020
Dec 2019
Case Analysis on Structured Covered Bond Kinyu Homu Jijo, No. 2108
Feb 2019
The Essence and Various Aspects of Title Retention Social Development and Civil Code Studies (Theses in celebration of the 70th birthday of Professor Koji Ohmi)
Jan 2019
Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019(Japan Chapter) Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019
Dec 2018
Panel Discussion "The Decade and Future of Asset Based Lending" The Turnaround & Credit Management, No.160
Apr 2018


Practices on Cross-Border Insolvency Cases in Asia Legal Execution, Ministry of Justice, Thailand
Jun 29, 2017


Professional Admissions

  • Japan (2002)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • INSOL (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals)
  • EAAIR (The East Asian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring)
  • ABL Association
  • Tokyo Bar Association (Insolvency Study Group)
  • Japanese Association for Business Recovery
  • Japan Insolvency Practitioners’ Network
  • Lecturer, Atomi University (2017, Companies Act)
  • Professor, Graduate School of Musashino University (2018, finance law and insolvency law)


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English