Norihito Sato


Norihito Sato

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He is focused on domestic and overseas M&A transactions including going-private management buyout, carve-out by private equity funds, joint ventures, strategic alliances and complex cross-border transactions. He has extensive knowledge in road transport regulations including automated vehicles and MaaS. During his secondment to the Road Transport Bureau of MLIT, he was in charge of amending the Road Transport Vehicle Act, which enables the safe deployment of automated vehicles in Japan. He also drafted the Ministry’s report on determining the civil liability caused by automated vehicles. He was deeply involved with type approval and recall regulations as well as investigations of inspection cheating scandals of some large car makers.

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Norihito Sato:Awards

Norihito Sato listed in ALB Asia 40 Under 40 2021

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Norihito Sato:News

Firm News
Ten new partners and seven new counsels
Firm News
Eleven new partners and twelve new counsels
Firm News
12 new lawyers joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Norihito Sato:Legal Topics

Norihito Sato:Seminars

Aug. 28, 2020External Seminars
"Challenge of MONET Technologies and Legislative Developments Aimed at Carrying forward MaaS"
Jul. 15, 2020MHM Seminars
"Making European Investments a Long-Term Success:Post-merger integration amid COVID-19 – with a view on Germany"
May 20, 2020External Seminars
"Disrupted industries – the example of the automotive industry, Part of the Virtual Entrepreneurship Conference"

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Norihito Sato:Publications

Magazine Article
"Latest Trends and Key Points for Development of Legal Systems and M&A in the Automobile Industry in the MaaS/CASE Era in Light of the Spread of COVID-19"
Magazine Article
"Practices and Key Points Regarding Multinational Carve-Out M&A in Asia"
Magazine Article
"Robotics Legal Consultation (73): Direction of Amendments to the Road Traffic Act Aimed at Realizing Driverless Autonomous Driving Mobility Services"

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Norihito Sato:Other


  • The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2007)
  • Northwestern University School of Law (LL.M., 2013), Kellogg School of Management (Certificate in Business Administration, 2013)
  • with Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf (2013-2014)
  • seconded to Hitachi, Ltd. (2014-2015)
  • with Road Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (Director for Policy Planning and Coordination) (2017-2019)

Major Activities

  • Member of Project Adoption and Screening Committee (Digital Technology Development aimed at Regulatory Advancements in the field of Mobility), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) (2020-)

Practice Group

  • M&A Practice Group
  • AI/IoT Practice Group
  • Corporate Law Practice Group
  • Employment & Labor Law Practice Group
  • Financial Regulations/Financial Law Study Group
  • Competition/Antitrust Practice Group

Bar Admissions

admitted in Japan, 2008
Daini-Tokyo Bar Association