Kazuho Nakajima primarily assists corporate clients with mergers and acquisitions, international commercial transactions, regulatory matters, litigation and disputes.

He has extensive experience with complex legal issues, such as mergers and acquisitions by a public-private investment fund in the context of a business turnaround, a dispute between a securities company and a stock exchange involving extensive damages, adoption of anti-takeover defense measures for the first time in Japan, expansion of foreign businesses into the Middle East involving geopolitical risks, and a commercial arbitration involving a significant amount of claims regarding price adjustment clauses in a merger and acquisition.

Against the background of rising concern over national security, technology competition and counterterrorism in the international community, he engages in transactions relating to U.S. economic sanctions and export control regulations for non-U.S. companies, as well as Japanese export controls and money laundering regulations.

He is based in the Tokyo office.

Recent activities


The International Comparative Legal Guide to Sanctions 2021: Japan



Japan: Outline of the COVID-19 Special Measures Act of Japan



Trade compliance predictions for 2020: View from Japan



Columbia University School of Law (LL.M.)
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2016 - 2019
Representative of Dubai Representative Office
2010 - 2011
Legal Div., Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.
2009 - 2010
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York