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Hiroya Yamazaki

Partner, Tokyo



Bengoshi, member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association


Hiroya mainly focuses on corporate reorganisation, M&A and corporate finance transactions, and also has experience in acquisition finance and leveraged buy-outs. He has worked on numerous landmark cross-border transactions including the acquisition of Vodafone’s mobile business in Japan by Softbank. Other notable transactions include the acquisition of an overseas bank and a Japanese firm on its setup of a joint venture with a French firm. Prior to working in the Tokyo office, Hiroya worked in the Linklaters London office for one year, where he was actively involved in a range of financial transactions. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience derived from working at Sumitomo Corporation, Tokyo (1991–1993), Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda (1998–2002) and Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas (2003–2004). Hiroya is qualified in both Japan and the US, having obtained an LLM from the University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, in 2003.

Professional experience
  • 2007 to date Partner, Linklaters Tokyo
  • 2005-2007: - Managing Associate, Linklaters Tokyo
  • 2004 - 2005: Visiting Foreign Lawyer, Linklaters London
  • 2003 - 2004: Foreign Associate, Haynes & Boone, LLP (Dallas), on secondment
  • 1998 - 2002: Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda, Tokyo
  • 1991 - 1993: Sumitomo Corporation, Tokyo
  • 2002 - 2003 University of California, Los Angeles, LL.M
  • 1996 - 1998 Legal Training & Research Institute of Supreme Court of Japan
  • 1987 - 1991 Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, LL.B

English, Japanese