Jiro Toyokawa

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Jiro Toyokawa has 20 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 (2010-2018). Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked as a partner at Linklaters.

Practice Focus

Jiro focuses his practice in 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. Jiro 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% share in StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. a US listed insurance company.
  • Acted for The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited on its acquisition of 100% share in Protective Life Corporation, a US listed insurance company.(Best FIG Deal by FinanceAsia Japan 2014/15)
  • Acted for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited on its acquisition of First Capital Insurance Limited, one of Singapore’s largest non-life insurers.
  • 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 Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited on its agreement with Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., an Italian insurance company, on arrangements in conjunction with closure of Generali Japan branch including comprehensive transfer of Generali Japan branch's insurance contracts to MSI.
  • Acted for Getronics N.V. on the sale of 70% 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% 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.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association - Member


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


  • Columbia Law School (LLM) (2004)
  • University of Tokyo (LLB) (1997)


  • English
  • Japanese

Co-author, "Legal systems for insolvency and corporate acquisition in Germany,” Weekly Kinyu Zaisei Jijo May, 13 2013 issue (vol. 3024), Kinzai, May 2013

Co-author, "World Legal & Business Guide No.22 Italy," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, January 2013

Co-author, "World Legal & Business Guide No.20 Germany," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, November 2012

Co-author, “The Reform of the Commercial Code and Practice of Corporate Governance,” Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, March 2003

Co-author, “The Reform of the Commercial Code and Practice,” Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, March 2002