Akira Ehira


Akira Ehira

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Mr. Ehira has extensive experience in structured finance, derivatives and banking, and he leads MHM’s derivatives practice. He has expertise not only as a transactional lawyer but also in financial regulations and compliance, drawing on his experience as a financial inspector at the Financial Services Agency of Japan. He is also active in fintech, venture capital/startups, and private equity. His particular focus is on Israel among the regions covered by his international practice.

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Akira Ehira:Awards

The Best Lawyers in Japan™ and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan™ (2025 edition)
Top rankings received from Chambers Global 2024
Top rankings received from Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024

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Akira Ehira:News

Firm News
Firm Elects 6 Associates to Partnership

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Akira Ehira:Newsletters

Publication of draft amendment to money laundering regulations DownloadPDF
FAQ regarding Foreign Bank Agency Services DownloadPDF

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Akira Ehira:Seminars

Feb. 2, 2024External Seminars
"Compliance Seminar for the Management (88th)"
Jan. 26, 2024External Seminars
"Understanding the Variation Margin (VM) CSA (Japanese Language)"
Nov. 22, 2023External Seminars
"Compliance Seminar for the Management (87th)"

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Akira Ehira:Publications

"Cryptoassets Law (2nd ed.)"
"M&A Rules in Emerging Asian Countries - Fourth edition"
Book Article
"M&A Rules in Emerging Asian Countries - Third edition"

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Akira Ehira:Other


  • The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1996)
  • with The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Currently, SBI Shinsei Bank, Limited) (1996-1998)
  • Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 2007)
  • with Allen & Overy LLP, London (2007-2008)
  • with the Financial Services Agency (2012)

Practice Group

  • Fintech Practice Group
  • Structured Finance Practice Group
  • Financial Regulations/Financial Law Study Group
  • Venture Business/Equity Fund Practice Group
  • China & Asia Practice Group
  • Crisis Management Practice Group

Bar Admissions

admitted in Japan, 2002; New York, 2008
Tokyo Bar Association

Other Qualifications

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), 2013