3. Akio Noma

Akio Noma

Akio Noma

Mr. Noma advises Japanese and international clients with respect to their corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing.
He also has substantial experience on real estate finance and investment, intellectual property, bankruptcy and other transactional issues.

Practice Areas

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate

Selected Representations

  • Represented Tokyo Coca-Cola in integrating other east Japan region bottlers and forming Coca-Cola East Japan;
  • Represented certain private equity fund in acquiring Osaka Nissan Automobile Corporation and Nissan Prince Osaka Sales Corporation;
  • Represented Pacific Golf Management and Lone Star Fund in acquiring approximately 20 golf courses nationwide in Japan;
  • Represented Mitsui Real Estate in acquiring Senon Limited;
  • Represented Shinsei Bank in acquiring Apolo Finance;
  • Represented Shinsei Bank in acquiring and selling Sato Wireless Electric;
  • Represented General Electric in acquiring Japan Lease and Japan Auto Lease;
  • Provided support to Lone Star Fund in acquiring Tokyo Star Bank;
  • Represented Shinsei Bank in a number of projects related to sub-performing loans;
  • Represented Shinsei Bank in a number of projects related to real estate;
  • Advising, negotiating and drafting cross border transactions and domestic transactions such as joint venture agreements, business alliance agreements, license agreements and distribution agreements ;and
  • Handled legal issues related to corporate law, securities regulation, real estate rerated laws, bankruptcy law, intellectual property law and international trade law; and other laws

Bar Admissions

Japan (1986)
New York (1991)


University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M.,1990
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan, 1986
The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, LL.B.,1984

Professional Experience

Miyakezaka Sogo Law Offices, 2001-
Kataoka & Kobayashi law offices, 1998-2001
Yamashita & Oshima law offices (current Oshima Sogo), 1993-1998
Mckinsey & Company (Tokyo office), 1991-1993
Nagashima & Ohno (current Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu), 1986-1991

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association
  • Member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • "Research on Intellectual Property Rights" (Tokyo Nunoi Publication)
  • "Q&A 2003 and 2004 Revisions to the Commercial Code" (Shinnippon Houki Publishing)
  • "New Companies Act of Japan Highlights" (Shinnippon Houki Publishing)
  • "General Shareholders' Meeting Countermeasures for Companies 2004" (Legal News)
  • "Compliance Letter 2005 Vol. 8" (Daiichi Houki)
  • "Japanese mass media getting a late start in Chinese market" (Nikkei Business Publications)
  • "Issues related to merger loss" (Daiichi Houki)
  • "Corporate Restructuring" (Shoji homu)
  • "Spin-off and Protection of Debtors under the Companies Act of Japan" (Chuokeizai sha)
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