Kiyoshi Endo

Kiyoshi Endo

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Kiyoshi Endo is a member of the Firm’s Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Tokyo. He has experience working as a secondee at the London subsidiary of a Japanese securities firm. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked as a managing associate at Linklaters.

Practice Focus

Kiyoshi focuses on cross-border M&A transactions (both inbound and outbound) by involving Japanese companies in various jurisdictions including, in particular, the Asia Pacific and Europe. He also has significant experience in advising on corporate law, insurance law, securities law (including regulations of stock exchanges), employment law, antitrust law, anti-corruption law and foreign exchange law.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for Panasonic on its acquisition of Zetes, a Belgian publicly-listed company, for EUR 149.6 million.
  • Acted for Japan Pulp and Paper on its acquisition of BJ Ball and Doggett groups operated in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acted for Yanmar Holdings on its acquisition of an 18% stake in International Tractors in India from US investment fund Blackstone for approximately JPY 25 billion.
  • Acted for Sompo Holdings on its regional non-life bancassurance deal with CIMB Group Holdings.
  • Acted for JFE Steel on its formation of a joint venture with a local partner in Vietnam.
  • Acted for Sompo Holdings on its acquisition of a minority stake in Asia Financial Holdings, a Hong Kong listed investment holding company.
  • Acted for a founder of Iiyonet, a distributor of Garmin products in Japan, on the acquisition of a 100% stake in Iiyonet by Garmin.
  • Acted for Yanmar Holdings on its acquisition of a compact construction business in Europe from Terex Corporation.
  • Acted for Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company on its acquisition of StanCorp Financial Group, a publicly-listed US life insurance group, for USD 5 billion.
  • Acted for Yanmar Holdings on its acquisition of a Spanish energy systems manufacturer, Himoinsa SL.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • New York~United States (2008)
  • Japan (2002)


  • Columbia Law School (LLM) (2007)
  • Hitotsubashi University (LLB) (2000)


  • English
  • Japanese

Co-author, "Takeover Bid System and Defense Measures for Public Companies," Capital Market, August 2005

Co-author, "Amendment of Rules Regarding Quasi-foreign Company," International Taxation, September 2005

Co-author, "Japanese LLC under New Companies Act," Theoretical and Practical Issues of the Amendment of Corporation Law, March 2006

Co-author, "Lessons from Subprime Loans for Market Supervision," Economy Society Policy, May 2008

"Enforcement of the UK Bribery Act and its impact on Japanese companies," Banking Law Journal, July 2011