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2024.5.27

AI, Legal Tech

The Digital Agency of the Japanese Government has released a report on the digitalization of legislative affairs and the organization and utilization of legal data. Attorneys Shinichiro Mori and Kentaro Sano from our firm contributed as experts, conducting research and authoring the international sections of the report. This report discusses the future of advanced technology applications in various countries, including the Code X Project, Rules as Code, and Better Rules. For more details, please refer to the link below:

2024.5.24

M&A, AI

Mori & Partners is pleased to announce that we provided legal counsel to GROWTH VERSE Inc. in its business acquisition from ipoca Inc. The Mori & Partners team was led by attorneys Shinichiro (“Shin”) Mori and Kentaro Sano. For further information, please refer to GROWTH VERSE’s press release.

2024.1.23

IP & Gaming

Mori & Partners’ IP-related article has been featured on Esports Legal News (ELN), a specialized website for gaming and esports based in Europe. For more details, please refer to the ELN article at the following link.

2024.1.16

IP & Gaming

We have published a new column titled “Brand Protection in the Japanese Gaming Industry: Actions and Penalties Rights-Holders Can Pursue When Their Products Are Copied” The article outlines the rights holders’ legal remedies, including injunctions, compensation claims, and criminal penalties, and emphasizes the importance of proactive measures for brand protection.  For more details, please refer to the link below.

2023.11.21

Insurance

The sixth edition of the Insurance Disputes Law Review has been released. The publication provides practical guidance and commentary on recent trends in insurance disputes across major legal jurisdictions. 

Our Managing Partner, Shinichiro (“Shin”) Mori, authored the Japan Chapter.

Please click the following link to view the full publication on The Law Review’s website.

2023.11.06

IP & Gaming

We have published a new column in Japanese titled “Brand Protection in the Gaming Industry – What Actions Should Rights Holders Take When Counterfeit Character Merchandise is Sold?(ゲーム業界におけるブランド・プロテクション – ゲームやキャラクターグッズ等の偽造品が販売された場合に権利者が採るべき対応とは?)” For more details, please refer to the link below.

2023.10.19

M&A

Mori & Partners’ M&A-related column has been featured on Esports Legal News (ELN), a specialized website for gaming and esports based in Europe. For more details, please refer to the ELN article at the following link.

2023.09.22

M&A

We are delighted to share our latest legal column, “Acquiring Mobile Gaming Enterprises: Seven Essential Legal Due Diligence Checkpoints.” This piece delves into key legal aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions in Japan’s e-gaming sector, especially focusing on due diligence. We touch upon topics like disclosure to game users, information security measures, required government filings, handling of unused in-game currency balances, and overall regulatory compliance. For a deeper understanding, we encourage you to explore the article using the link below.

2023.07.25

Esports

We are excited to share a new legal column from our legal team at Mori & Partners, titled “Fair and Square?: Understanding Esports Player Contracts in the Japanese Market.” This article sheds light on the multifaceted world of esports contracts, touching on topics such as player’s publicity rights, transfer restrictions, game account rights, and points to note when dealing with minor players. For a more in-depth look into this topic, we invite you to peruse the piece using the link below.

2023.05.29

FinTech

We are delighted to announce that we have released a new column titled “Call of Legal Duty: Navigating the Payment Services Act for In-game Currency in Japan” for Mori & Partners’ eSports & Gaming Legal Website. The article aims to elucidate some of the nuances of compliance particularly for foreign gaming companies venturing into the Japanese market. It focuses on the often overlooked areas of the Payment Services Act that directly impact the sale of in-game items. We invite you to explore the insights using the link provided below. 

2023.05.12

Gaming

We are delighted to announce that Mori & Partners’ eSports & Gaming Legal Website and eSports legal services have been featured on renowned eSports and gaming information platforms, eSports World, eSports News Japan, and e-Sports Business.jp. We invite you to explore the featuers via the following links:

2023.05.11

FinTech

We are pleased to announce that we have released a new column titled “Considerations under the Payment Services Act when Selling Items in Games” for Mori & Partners’ eSports & Gaming Legal Website. The column delivers detailed insights into the topic and we invite you to explore these insights using the link provied below. The English version of this column will be made available in due course.

2023.05.10

Gaming

We are delighted to announce that Mori & Partners’ eSports & Gaming Legal Website and eSports legal services have been showcased on renowned eSports and gaming information platforms, BeSporter.jp and Gamer. We invite you to explore the featuers via the following links:

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THE FIRM

Mori & Partners is dedicated to providing quality, prompt, and business-focused legal solutions for our clients.

Mori & Partners is a law firm dedicated to delivering exceptional legal services through IT legal expertise and an expansive overseas network.

Our firm was founded with the vision of providing top-tier legal services and delivering exceptional results for our clients.

In pursuit of this vision, we adhere to the following guiding principles:

  • Value-driven & Business-oriented Approach

Our foremost mission is to add value to our clients’ businesses through our legal services. We continuously strive to offer cutting-edge solutions, while always prioritizing our clients’ need for practical, business-oriented advice.

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Fairness

To achieve our objectives, it is essential that our firm is comprised of highly motivated and exceptionally talented professionals who can engage in open and fearless exchanges of ideas. We are committed to cultivating a diverse, inclusive, flat, and fair work environment that fosters free and vigorous discussions and attracts top talent.

  • Integrity

Our team members understand that integrity is crucial in both personal relationships and business contexts. We pledge to maintain the highest level of integrity in all our words and actions.

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PROFESSIONALS

Shinichiro (“Shin”) Mori

MANAGING PARTNER

Shinichiro (“Shin”) Mori is an attorney specializing in commercial dispute resolution, with a distinct emphasis on international arbitration, cross-border litigation, and product liability lawsuits. As a trusted advisor, Shin also provides comprehensive counsel to international clients seeking to establish or operating businesses in Japan, addressing a wide array of corporate, real estate, regulatory, and employment matters.

Furthermore, Shin has developed a noteworthy expertise in the burgeoning field of gaming and eSports, leveraging his legal acumen to navigate the unique challenges and opportunities this industry presents. As a gaming & eSports lawyer, Shin works at the intersection of technology, media, and business, providing strategic advice to organizations operating within this dynamic landscape.

Shin’s notable recent engagements include:

  • Representing a European-based manufacturer and its Japanese subsidiary in a dispute over alleged breaches of representations and warranties in an M&A transaction.
  • Acting on behalf of a U.S.-based IT company in a contract interpretation lawsuit before the Tokyo District Court.
  • Representing a leading Japanese insurance company group in a subrogation claim dispute against a party responsible for a product liability incident.
  • Defending a U.S.-based insurance company group against consumer claims in a product liability dispute involving an electrical device.
  • Serving as party counsel in ICC arbitral proceedings concerning the sale of a plant facility.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation & International Arbitration
  • Insurance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • IT
  • Gaming & Esports
  • Japan Market Entry (Japan subsidiary/branch support)

Admissions

New York Bar
Japanese Bar (The Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association)

Education

Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Columbia University, Law School
The University of Tokyo, School of Law (J.D.)
The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (LL.B.)

Professional Experience

Founder & Managing Partner, Mori & Partners, 2023
Partner, Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba, 2019
Country Representative (Japan), the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), 2016
Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, United Kingdom, 2015-2016
Associate, Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba, 2009

Publications

Report on digitalization of legislative affairs and the organization and utilization of legal data

The Digital Agency of the Japanese Government (2024)

The Insurance Disputes Law Review: Edition 6 – Japan Chapter
Law Business Research Ltd. (2023)

Enforcement of Judgements 2022 (Japan Chapter)
Chambers and Partners (2022)

The Insurance Disputes Law Review; Edition 5 (Japan Chapter)
Law Business Research Ltd. (2022)

Enforcement of Judgements 2021 (Japan Chapter)
Chambers and Partners (2021)

Foreign Investments in Israel
Business Law Journal (November 2020)

International Arbitration 2020 (Japan Chapter)
Chambers and Partners (2020)

Cartels 2019 (Japan Chapter)
Mondaq (2019)

Practice on Information Management
Shin Nihon Hoki (2018)

International Arbitration 2019 (Japan Chapter)
Chambers and Partners (2018)

Q&A Shareholders Meeting Practices
Shojihomu (2012)

Practice on Information Management
Shin Nihon Hoki (2011)

Seminars and Presentations

  • Opening speaker at the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) seminar on AI, FinTech, and Space Arbitration, titled “Arbitration and New Tech Horizons: Brighter Days Ahead?”, 2023
  • Speaker, “Trends and Access to Third-Party Funding”, 2021
  • Lecturer, “International Arbitration (Advanced),” an e-learning series by JIDRC (Japan International Dispute Resolution Center), 2020
  • Speaker, “International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation—Key Issues for Resolving International Commercial Disputes”, 2020
  • Panelist, “New York State Bar Association’s International Section Global Conference”, 2019
  • Moderator, “YJAA-AFIA Joint Seminar”, 2017

Interviews & Media Features

T: +813-6831-9282
E: shinichiro.mori@mps-legal.com

Shinichiro Mori’s LinkedIn Account

Kentaro Sano

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

T: +813-6831-9283
E: kentaro.sano@mps-legal.com

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • IT
  • Corporate
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation
  • Legal Support for Start-up Businesses

Admissions

Japanese Bar (The Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association)
Labor and Social Security Attorney(Tokyo Labor and Social Security Attorney Association)

Education

Waseda University, School of Law (J.D.), 2018
Waseda University, Faculty of Law (LL.B.), 2016

Professional Experience

Senior Associate, Mori & Partners, 2023
Associate, Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba, 2020

Publications

Report on digitalization of legislative affairs and the organization and utilization of legal data

The Digital Agency of the Japanese Government (2024)

PRACTICES

Commercial Litigation & International Arbitration

Our firm possesses extensive experience representing clients before arbitral tribunals and domestic courts, having acted on behalf of multinational corporations as well as prominent domestic enterprises.


Our recent notable engagements encompass a diverse range of matters, including:

  • Representing a European-based manufacturer and its Japanese subsidiary in a dispute involving allegations of breached representations and warranties in an M&A transaction.
  • Advocating for a U.S.-based IT company in a Tokyo District Court lawsuit concerning contract interpretation.
  • Representing a renowned international hotel chain in Tokyo in a dispute over work-related claims brought by former employees.
  • Serving as party counsel in JCAA arbitral proceedings pertaining to the construction of a solar power plant.
  • Acting as party representative in ICC arbitral proceedings concerning the sale of a plant facility.
  • Representing an American engine manufacturer in a dispute involving a product accident with the Japanese subsidiary of a U.S.-based IT company.
  • Representing a major Japanese insurance company as a defendant in a dispute over reinsurance claims with a European company.
  • Representing a Finnish heavy machinery manufacturer in a dispute over a product accident involving a Japanese company.
  • Serving as party counsel for a Japanese company in a lawsuit to set aside an arbitration decision in an international arbitration case between the Japanese company and a U.S. company

By drawing on our comprehensive expertise and attention to detail, we are committed to providing sophisticated and tailored legal solutions for our clients.

Insurance

We offer comprehensive guidance to clients on a wide array of insurance matters, encompassing D&O insurance, reinsurance, captive insurance, and cyber insurance. Furthermore, we provide counsel on addressing inquiries and investigations from regulatory authorities, such as the FSA.

Our firm frequently represents both domestic and international insurers in insurance-related disputes, including product liability lawsuits and claims from insured parties.

Our recent insurance dispute resolution engagements include:

  • Representing and advising a major Japanese insurance company group in various product liability disputes involving consumers in Japan and the U.S., concerning pharmaceutical products, electrical appliances, and plant equipment.
  • Representing a U.S.-based insurance company group in a product liability dispute involving an electrical device.
  • Acting on behalf of a leading Japanese insurance company group in a subrogation claim dispute against a party responsible for a product liability incident.
  • Resolving numerous consumer claims for a global IT company as part of our TPA services.
  • Representing a major Japanese insurance group regarding the issues under a Management Liability Insurance Policy related to a damage claim against its Indonesian subsidiary of a Japanese company.
  • Representing a major Japanese insurance company on the issues under a Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance related to a damage claim against the directors of a Thai subsidiary of a Japanese insured company.
  • Representing a major Japanese insurance company regarding an insurance claim related to a factory accident involving an American food manufacturer.
  • Providing legal advice to a major Japanese insurance company on the use of a captive reinsurance scheme.
  • Providing legal advice to a major Japanese insurance company regarding the introduction of new insurance products utilizing telematics.

By leveraging our diverse expertise and in-depth understanding of insurance matters, we are committed to delivering sophisticated and tailored legal solutions for our clients.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In M&A transactions, we offer comprehensive legal services throughout the entire process, including advising on suitable transaction structures, conducting due diligence, and negotiating and drafting definitive agreements. We are also capable of handling merger filing procedures in Japan.

Our recent M&A projects encompass:

  • Acquisition of a semiconductor-related manufacturer by a private equity fund.
  • Acquisition of a wholesaler by a private equity fund.
  • Acquisition of a Singapore-based IT company and its subsidiaries in Vietnam and Indonesia by a domestic IT company.
  • Business transfer of a domestic auto-parts manufacturer to another manufacturer in the U.S.
  • Share sale of a Japanese insurance company group’s subsidiary in Guam.
  • Exit (share sale) of an IT startup company by its founders.
  • Acted as counsel for an e-learning business in the acquisition of a caregiving business through an absorption-type division.
  • Served as counsel for a general trading company in the acquisition of a healthcare business.
  • Acted as counsel for a private equity fund in the acquisition of shares in a specialty trading company through a leveraged buyout (LBO).
  • Served as counsel for a general trading company subsidiary in a capital and business alliance involving multiple companies in the auto leasing industry.
  • Served as counsel in a merger involving a port logistics business and its competitor .
  • Acted as counsel for an electric power company in a power plant alliance project with a general trading company.
  • Provided legal counsel to GROWTH VERSE Inc. in its business acquisition from ipoca Inc. 

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to delivering exceptional legal support tailored to our clients’ unique needs and objectives throughout the M&A process.

Employment

We offer comprehensive legal advice on employment contracts and internal policies to ensure a working environment that complies with relevant employment laws and regulations.

Our recent employemt-related services include:

  • Provided legal advice as Japanese counsel to a US-based IT company in a project involving global changes to their work environment (such as multiple adjustments to remote work and office attendance frequency during the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Represented an international sports and social club as the defendant in a Tokyo District Court lawsuit involving overtime pay claims.
  • Acted as legal counsel for an international hotel chain’s Tokyo branch in a case where a former employee sought damages for the termination of their employment relationship.
  • Conducted a forensic investigation and provided legal advice on the appropriateness of disciplinary actions in response to a misconduct case involving an employee of a US-based IT company.
  • Negotiated on behalf of a fitness club in a case where a former employee claimed unpaid overtime, ultimately resolving the dispute.

By providing tailored and detailed advice, we help our clients navigate the complex field of employment law and create a legally compliant and positive work environment.

Esports & Gaming

Since the inception of e-sports in Japan, our attorneys have been providing expert advice to a range of stakeholders, such as international game companies, management organizations, sponsors, event organizers, and players, helping them navigate the complex legal landscape.

Our firm’s recent gaming-related services include:

  • Conducted due diligence on gaming law compliance for a European game publisher intending to distribute games in Japan.
  • Represented a game publisher in filing a notification to the Financial Services Agency as an issuer of prepaid payment instruments under the Payment Services Act.
  • Providing legal advice and drafting tournament rules for organizing competitions with cash prizes or other rewards.
  • Provided legal advice to game publishers on necessary display items under the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions for the sale of in-game currency, and drafted these display items.
  • Offering legal guidance and drafting management agreements between e-sports players and their respective teams.
  • Represented a game publisher in filing a notification to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications based on Article 16, Paragraph 1 of the Telecommunications Business Act.
  • Advising on laws and regulations pertaining to e-sports and gaming, such as the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, Act on Specified Commercial Transactions, Entertainment Business Act, Penal Code, among others.
  • Resolved a dispute over the termination of a contract between a professional team and a player.
  • Provided legal advice from the perspective of the Act Against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, Trademark Law, and Advertising Material Ordinances, etc., for TV and OOH (Out-of-Home) advertisements by a game publisher.
  • Drafted and provided legal advice on sponsor contracts for gaming and eSports-related events.

Furthermore, our firm operates and maintains a specialized e-sports legal website. For more information, please refer to the following link: Mori & Partners – Specialized Website for e-Sports & Gaming Businesses.

Japan Market Entry Support

Our firm provides comprehensive legal support to international companies that have established, or are planning to establish, operations in Japan.

Our experienced team of attorneys offers tailored advice on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Assisting clients in selecting the most appropriate corporate form for their business needs and objectives.
  • Guiding clients through the process of incorporating their business in Japan, ensuring all necessary procedures are completed accurately and efficiently.
  • Preparing and reviewing internal rules and policies in both Japanese and English, to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and advising on various types of contracts, including but not limited to, service agreements, supply agreements, and licensing agreements.
  • Addressing various day-to-day legal issues that may arise during the course of business operations, such as employment matters, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, and more.

Our goal is to serve as a trusted legal partner for international companies doing business in Japan, helping them navigate the complexities of the local legal landscape and ensuring their operations run smoothly and effectively.

COLUMNS
CAREERS

At Mori & Partners, we are actively seeking attorneys who possess a keen interest in bridging the gap between global business standards and localized legal expertise. Here are some of the reasons you should consider joining our team:

  • Global Clientele: Our client composition is weighted towards international companies. If you have the capability to provide precise legal advice in English, taking into account differences in legal systems and business norms, we welcome you to our team.
  • Cutting-Edge Focus: Our firm consistently provides legal advice in pioneering sectors such as IT, gaming, and eSports. If you have a passion for staying ahead of the curve in these advanced areas, Mori & Partners is the right place for you.
  • Diverse Practice Areas: Our legal practice spans from M&As and general corporate governance to litigation and international arbitration. Assignments are tailored based on individual strengths, aspirations, and unique attributes. We firmly believe in matching our attorneys with fields that resonate with their personal strengths.
  • Flexible Working Environment: Whether you prefer to work from our office or remotely, we provide the flexibility you need. We do not mandate a fixed frequency of attendance, ensuring you maintain a work-life balance that suits you best.


If you are interested, please send your CV to the following e-mail address. We look forward to welcoming you to Mori & Partners.
e-mail : info@mps-legal.com

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