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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Practice Areas

Shintaro Okawa:Awards

The Best Lawyers in Japan™ and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan™ (2024 edition)
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

Apr. 28, 2023MHM Open Seminars
(Live-Streaming Webinar in English) “MHM Seminar: Expansion of designated businesses in Japanese FDI regulations and the latest trend of FDI screening inviting METI Officials”
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)"

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Shintaro Okawa:Publications

Magazine Article
"Special Feature: Trends in Counter Legislation Between America and China, Etc. (1) Status of International Examination and Issues Concerning Countermeasures Against 'Economic Coercion'"
Magazine Article
"The Rapidly Changing Legal Environment in the Semiconductor Sector: Carrot Approach (Subsidies) and Stick Approach (Export Controls)"
Magazine Article
"Urgent Need to Understand Key Points that May Significantly Affect Business"

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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