Shintaro Okawa

Senior Associate

Shintaro Okawa

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Shintaro Okawa handles cross-border M&A and transactions, and related compliance issues. He especially has extensive experience in national security regulations such as FDI regulations, export controls and economic sanctions of Japan, US and other major countries. He also offers advice on human rights issues in corporate activities.
He is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Shintaro Okawa:Awards

Top Rankings Received in The Nikkei's "Corporate Legal Tax Affairs and Lawyer Survey 2022"
Lawyers from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto were included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan™ and the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan™

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Shintaro Okawa:News

Comments by Shintaro Okawa are published on page 15 of the Nikkei and in the Nikkei Online edition in an article titled "How Laws and Rules Will Change in 2023"
Comments by Shintaro Okawa are published on page 15 of the Nikkei and in the Nikkei Online edition in an article titled "Use of Internal and External Legal Professionals: Companies with Strong Legal Expertise- Mitsubishi Corporation Continues to Top the L
Shintaro Okawa cooperates in an interview for a NewsPicks article titled "Special Issue: Whether the Economic Sanctions Can Stop Putin"

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Shintaro Okawa:Newsletters

Bill on Amendment to Japanese FDI Regulations DownloadPDF
Pre-transaction Notification Requirements under the Japanese FDI Regulations Expanded, and Further Expansion Anticipated DownloadPDF

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Shintaro Okawa:Seminars

Sep. 6, 2022External Seminars
『The updates of Economic Security Promotion Act and the coming policies for Economic Security』
May 25, 2022 - Jun. 24, 2022MHM Open Seminars
(English language webinar) "Overview of Japan’s Economic Sanctions against Russia and Belarus (Updated on May 23)"
Mar. 29, 2022External Seminars
”IBA Japan Webinar: Economy and National Security: Update on the Economic Security Promotion Bill and its Impact on Business”

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Shintaro Okawa:Publications

”Comprehensive Analysis of M&A Laws of Japan, 2nd edition”
Magazine Article
"War and Corporate Legal Affairs - Learning from the Russia-Ukraine Crisis"
Magazine Article
"Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and Activists - Countermeasures that can be Taken by Japanese Corporations Against Activists Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act"

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Shintaro Okawa:Other


  • The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2015)
  • assigned as a fixed-term government employee to the following: the Trade Control Policy Division, Security Trade Control Policy Division, and International Investment Control Office of the Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau; and the Economy and Security Office of the Minister's Secretariat, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ​​​(2019-2021)

Bar Admissions

admitted in Japan, 2016
Daini Tokyo Bar Association