Ayumu Shinozaki

Ayumu Shinozaki

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Ayumu Shinozaki is a member of the Firm's Corporate/M&A group in Tokyo and has more than ten years of experience practicing law in Japan. Ayumu is experienced in international transactions and has been seconded to two major Japanese trading houses from 2014 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2018.

Practice Focus

Ayumu regularly handles a broad range of international transaction-related matters, which includes Japanese and international mergers and acquisitions, international commercial disputes and maritime. He provides practical advice on various issues which Japanese companies may encounter in the field of international transaction, including cross-border M&A, international trade, infrastructure-related projects, joint ventures, economic sanctions, maritime and international disputes. He also advises pharmaceutical firms on applications for licenses/permits and negotiations relating to the healthcare industry.

Representative Legal Matters

Investment and M&A
  • Acquisition of a natural gas distribution company in Latin America
  • Acquisition of a paper manufacturer in Southeast Asia
  • Acquisition of a water supply company in Latin America
  • Establishing a new paper manufacturing plant in Southeast Asia
  • Establishing a joint venture trading company for biomass fuel in Singapore

International trade
  • Long-term sales and purchase transaction for petrochemical products
  • Long-term sales and purchase transaction for biomass fuel to be supplied to Japanese power firms
  • Long-term service agreement for export terminal located in the US
  • Long-term sales and purchase agreement for agrichemicals manufactured in Mexico

Infrastructure-related project
  • Construction of a textile plant in Africa
  • Supply of train cars for a national railway in Southeast Asia

Sanctions and export control
  • Transaction with a company located in a sanctioned state
  • Handling of a sanction-related ship arrest

  • Charter party between a Japanese shipping company and a non-Japanese company
  • Handling of a ship arrest

  • International commercial arbitration in connection with the sales of industrial machinery
  • Dispute with a business partner in the business of oil and gas development

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • Japan (2007)


  • University of Warwick (LL.M.) (2013)
  • Sophia University (LL.B.) (2005)


  • English
  • Japanese


Co-author, M&A Handbook on Conducting Business Practically, Chuokeizai-sha, June 2010, Language: Japanese

Author, "Company's Successor's Liabilities (focusing on FCPA)," Kokusai Shoji Homu, Kokusai Shojihou Kenkyu-sho, December 2015, Language: Japanese


Ayumu has significant experience presenting about the legal practice of M&A and international transactions at private firms and academic societies.