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RemarksKenji Kawahigashi, a partner at Keiwa Sogo Law Offices in Tokyo, Japan, specializes in corporate law and securities regulations with almost 30 years of experience. He previously worked as a senior in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley Japan, and also as an in-house counsel at the Japan Financial Services Agency (the “FSA”) and the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (the “SESC”). Prior to joining Keiwa Sogo, Mr. Kawahigashi was a partner at Clifford Chance. With his excellent and unique background, he provides legal advice on cross-border corporate and capital markets transactions (including mergers and acquisitions and securitisation), securities regulations, corporate litigation and insolvency. His practice areas cover employment and labour law.

Mr. Kawahigashi received his degrees from the University of Tokyo (LL.B. 1988) and the University of Illinois, Law School (LL.M. 1994). He is admitted to the Japanese Bar (1990) and the New York Bar (1997). He also spent 2 years with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Los Angeles. His expertise includes HR, cross-border transactions, corporate, and capital market transactions and regulations. In addition, he has extensive work experience in M&As and corporate litigations.
Due to his significant professional experience, Mr. Kawahigashi acted as a visiting lecturer at Hosei University in Tokyo between 2000 and 2001. He has also lectured at seminars sponsored by the Japan Securities Dealers Association, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Association of Japanese Corporate Legal Departments, the Finance and Securities Research Inc., Financial Facsimile Newspapers Inc., and the Business Research Institute. He was appointed as a visiting lecturer at Duke University, School of Law in 2004.
Mr. Kawahigashi is an editor/author of “Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan – Illustrated” published by Gakuyo Shobo (2006). His recent publication includes “Funds and Financial Instruments and Exchange Law” published by Shoji Homu (2010) and “Laws and legal practices on the financial business for HNWI” published by CHUOKEIZAI-SHA, INC. (2013). He also authored “Health and Safety Regulations – Japan” (Kluwer International (1996))
Mr. Kawahigashi is fluent in Japanese and English.

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