Jiro Toyokawa

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Jiro Toyokawa has more than 15 years of experience in working as a lawyer. He focuses on M&A (especially cross-border M&A), including surrounding sub-areas such as employment, merger control and others. He also has experience advising on a variety of commercial transactions concerning license agreements, venture capital funds, stock options, securitizations, and litigation stemming from corporate reorganizations. He has been listed as a leading individual in Japan for Corporate/M&A in Chambers Asia Pacific (2010-2016). Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked as a partner at Linklaters.

Practice Focus

Mr. Toyokawa focuses his practice on the areas of M&A (including both inbound M&A where foreign clients buy Japanese companies or dispose of their Japanese business, and outbound M&A where Japanese clients buy foreign companies) and joint ventures. Areas of law routinely handled are corporate law, securities law (including regulations of stock exchanges), employment law, antitrust laws, and foreign exchange law. He has considerable experience in assisting clients seeking expansion overseas and has advised numerous corporations in the insurance, IT and industrial sectors. Mr. Toyokawa has experience advising Japanese companies on outbound investments in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia,Turkey, Australia and Poland, amongst other countries.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company on its acquisition of 100 percent share in StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. a U.S. listed insurance company.
  • Acted for The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited on its acquisition of 100 percent share in Protective Life Corporation, a U.S. listed insurance company. (Best FIG Deal by FinanceAsia Japan 2014/15)
  • Acted for a US private equity firm on its investment in the convertible preferred shares in a Japanese theme park.
  • Acted for an Asian private equity fund on its acquisition of a minority interest in a Japanese insurance business.
  • Acted for Getronics N.V. on the sale of 70 percent of its share capital in Getronics Japan, Ltd. to NTT Data Corporation, accompanied by the formation of a joint venture.
  • Acted for Man Financial Japan Ltd on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of FXA Securities Ltd., a regulated Japanese online foreign exchange broker.
  • Acted for a European financial instruments broker on its 90 percent share acquisition in a Japanese FX broker.
  • Acted for a Japanese food manufacturer on its third party allotment to a Japanese trading house, accompanied by a business alliance.
  • Acted for TDK on its public takeover of Epcos AG in Germany.
  • Acted for Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of the power tool specialist Germany-based Metabo AG from an European equity fund.

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Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • New York~United States (2005)
  • Japan (1999)


  • Columbia Law School (LL.M.) (2004)
  • Legal Research & Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan (1999)
  • University of Tokyo (LL.B.) (1997)


  • English
  • Japanese