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

Feb. 16, 2022External Seminars
”Automated Driving System and the Law”
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"

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Norihito Sato:Publications

Magazine Article
”Advancements Toward Realizing Autonomous Driving and Spreading New Mobility - Amendments to the Road Traffic Act”
Magazine Article
"Current Status and Issues Concerning Regulations on New Mobility Such as Level 4 Autonomous Driving and Electric Kick Scooters to be Realized by Amendments to the Road Traffic Act"
Magazine Article
"Future of New Technologies and Laws (6) - Autonomous Driving"

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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