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Makoto Koinuma focuses his practice on corporate, M&A and financial services matters. He is experienced in fund formation and management, licensing, and regulatory matters and advises a wide range of fund managers, broker dealers, financial institutions and FinTech firms (money transfer, crypto asset exchange, online broker, cash management service, reward point program, etc.). He also represents various clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and business alliance transactions. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at a leading trading company, providing him with first-hand knowledge of business, commercial and legal perspectives of Japanese corporations.



  • Represented a FinTech company on the registration as Crypto Asset Exchange and Money Transfer Business Operator.
  • Represented a US derivatives clearing organization in obtaining foreign clearing organization license in Japan.
  • Advised a Japanese asset manager in offering an investment partnership (preferred /subordinated class).
  • Represented a major Japanese trust bank for their investment in various types of foreign funds.
  • Represented a major Japanese trust bank acting as trustee to auto loan securitization projects originated by a German automobile group’s financial subsidiary.
  • Acted as buyer’s counsel of a Japanese healthcare devices and services provider in an acquisition of a European manufacture, including issues relating to distribution and licensing agreements, regulatory issues (antitrust and environmental).
  • Acted as lender’s counsel on a leverage finance with respect to merger of a global private trading system operator.
  • Acted as buyer’s counsel for a US CRO in a corporate split and joint venture transactions with a Japanese major pharmaceutical company.
  • Acted as Japanese law counsel for a Chinese Fintech company in a joint venture transaction with a Japanese online service platform provider.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Daini Tokyo Bar Association


  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • J.D., Waseda University School of Law, 2007
  • LL.B., Kyoto University, 1995
  • Japan
  • New York
  • Japanese
  • English