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Toshiro Mochizuki

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Toshiro Mochizuki is a counsel in Shearman & Sterling's Tokyo office. Mr. Mochizuki assists with capital markets and general corporate matters, with a particular focus on global offerings, under the direction and supervision of Masahisa Ikeda, the managing partner of the Tokyo office. Under Mr. Ikeda's supervision, he also assists on antitrust and anti-corruption compliance and investigation matters. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, he worked for six years in the legal department of a leading international investment bank in Tokyo. Mr. Mochizuki began his career at another U.S. law firm, where he spent eight years at its Tokyo and New York offices assisting on both issuer-side and underwriter-side assignments for debt and equity offerings by Japanese and U.S. issuers.


English; Japanese


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1998, cum laude; Harvard University, A.B., 1995, magna cum laude

Japan: Capital markets

International firms and joint ventures

Within: International firms and joint ventures

As ‘a great firm for US law advice’, Shearman & Sterling has ‘a wealth of experience operating in the Japanese market’, thanks in part to the ‘exceptional knowledge’ of practice head Masahisa Ikeda. Ikeda has notable expertise acting for Japanese corporates in SEC-registered and private placement offerings; he recently advised Toyota on a take-private transaction of Daihatsu Motor involving an SEC registration, and acted for JXTG Holdings on its $16bn business integration with TonenGeneral including a share exchange and related SEC disclosure obligations. Counsels Toshiro Mochizuki and Kana Morimura are also recommended.

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