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Takahiro Hoshino

Takahiro Hoshino is a partner in the Tokyo office who focuses on domestic and international corporate law. He advises clients on a variety of legal matters in relation to corporate transactions, including strategic restructures, joint ventures, M&A, leasing, financing, and other financial transactions.

Takahiro also advises on disputes including domestic and international labor law, litigation, and judgments. Drawing on his experiences as judge, he is frequently involved in lawsuit cases. In addition, he assists clients with strategic legal matters including corporate restructuring and complaints handling.

He has represented clients in a range of industries including the information technology, health, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, real estate, sports, and health food sectors.

Takahiro joined the firm in 2014. He was previously a judge at Tokyo District Court and Utsunomiya District Court and, more recently, managed his own practice in Tokyo.

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K&L Gates exclusively represents employer clients; private and public employers, multinational companies and local corporates instruct the Tokyo-based team on the full spectrum of employment issues. The team particularly stands out for contentious matters. Former Tokyo District Court judge and experienced international labour litigator Takahiro Hoshino co-heads the practice alongside Ryan Dwyer, who focuses on labour issues arising from cross-border M&A. Nobuki Wada is a key contact for contentious work including restructuring claims, dismissals, mental health cases and overtime pay litigation.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates' dispute resolution practice regularly handles commercial and employment arbitration proceedings as well as civil and criminal litigation with multijurisdictional elements. Former judge Takahiro Hoshino leads the practice and is notably experienced in international labour law; his recent work includes acting in lawsuits in the aviation, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors. Nobuki Wada is another key contact and has represented domestic and international companies in labour tribunals, mediations, collective bargaining disputes and labour relations issues.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

The banking practice at K&L Gates is best known for its expertise in aviation finance; other sectors of strength include the real estate, shipping, rail, container and telecoms industries. Robert Melson leads the team and is at the forefront of its aviation sector advice, seeing recent growth in advice regarding Boeing 737 Max aircraft issues as well as COVID-related matters. Takahiro Kawaguchi has extensive asset finance experience and is one of the team's go-to JOLCO experts, alongside Sebastian Smith.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
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