Wataru Kamoto

Wataru Kamoto


Email wataru.kamoto@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +81 3 5157 8163

Fax +81 3 5157 8210

LanguagesJapanese, English

Practice groupCorporate

When clients need legal advice on cross-border transactions involving Japan, they turn to Wataru Kamoto. Wataru mainly deals with M&A transactions and corporate legal issues but he also covers employment, antitrust and tax areas. He is familiar with the practices used by Japanese listed companies, as well as Japanese regulations on shares. He is known for providing clients with sound strategic advice.

Wataru is a Japanese qualified lawyer (bengoshi), as well as a New York qualified lawyer. He has more than 10 years' experience working for international law firms. He is well-versed on Japanese business practices, as well as international legal practices. With global experiences, Wataru has assisted multinational clients for years in seeking their own business strategies that address compliance and legal challenges. Wataru is business focused. With knowledge and experience in both corporate and tax laws, he has provided clients with sophisticated and business-focused legal advice.

He is an M&A lawyer dealing with transactions in various business sectors and he does not intend to be limited to any specific industry; he has experience in the automotive, autoparts and pharmaceutical business sectors. Wataru used to be an external general counsel for a Japanese subsidiary of a multinational insurance company and, therefore he knows Japanese insurance business regulations well.

Awards and recognitions


Recommended in Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Education and admissions


LL.M., New York University School of Law

LL.M., New York University School of Law

LL.B., University of Tokyo

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York

Japan - Daini Tokyo Bar Association

Representative experience

Advising a Japanese company on its joint venture with Japan's largest parcel delivery company.

Advising a Japanese company on its acquisition of its subsidiary.

Advising a U.S. fund on making investments into various Japanese companies.*

Advising a Japanese listed company on a merger control filing in foreign countries.*

Advising a Japanese company on the U.S. anti-trust investigation.*

Advising a global company on dealing with an anti-trust related procedure by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.*

Advising various foreign companies on merger control filings with the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.*

Advising Japanese companies on their international tax planning.*

Advising a French company on its tax consultation with the Japanese tax authorities.*

Advising a Japanese pharmaceutical company on acquisition of a UK-based global company by way of scheme of arrangement.*

Advising a Japanese listed company on business combination with another listed company.*

Advising a Japanese life insurance company on selling the company to another company.*

Advising a Japanese listed company on making equity investments into an Indonesian non-listed company.*

Advising a Japanese auto-parts manufacturing company on acquisition of a French company's business.*

Advising a U.S. equity fund on exercising its shareholders rights to a Japanese listed company.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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