Makoto Igarashi is a partner of Nishimura & Asahi, specialising in investment funds, asset management, banking, securities regulations, derivatives, and other related industries. Mr Igarashi plays a vital senior role within the firm's private equity practice group.
With the resources of Japan's largest law firm, Mr Igarashi and his colleagues are able to assist clients in all aspects of large-scale private equity transactions, including due diligence, financing and tax matters, strategy and compliance issues, and regulatory filings. Mr Igarashi has extensive experience as counsel to fund promoters, investment managers, placement agents, and various other financial institutions providing specialist advice in respect of fund raising and placement of buyout funds and turnaround or mezzanine types of private equity funds. He also serves as counsel to investment fund institutions and advisers, financial advisers, banks and other senior lenders advising on buyout loans and other debt and equity financing matters.
Mr Igarashi is a 1987 LLB graduate of the University of Tokyo and received an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1994. He has been a member of the Japanese and New York Bars since 1989 and 1995 respectively, and is fluent in both English and Japanese. Mr Igarashi joined the firm in 1989 and has been a partner since 1998. He spent one year on secondment at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York (1994 to 1995), and served as lecturer on finance law at Keio Law School, Tokyo (2004 to 2013).
He has written articles for various legal periodicals, such as "Private Equity Fund Regulations in Japan" (The American Lawyer, October 2009), "Legal Schemes for Private Equity Funds" in Private Equity for Institutional Investors (Kinzai, February 2013), "Investment Scheme for Pension Funds to Invest in Private Equity" in Private Equity for Pension Funds (Kinzai, October 2014) and "Fund Formation in Japan" (Getting the Deal Through 'Private Equity 2018', March 2018).
As the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Japan, covering all aspects of domestic and international business and corporate activity, Nishimura & Asahi currently has over 600 Japanese and foreign lawyers - employing over 700 support staff, including tax accountants, patent attorneys, senior Japanese and foreign business support professionals, and paralegals.
With the continued expansion of Nishimura & Asahi's international presence and clientele, the firm has overseas offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta*1, New York, Singapore, Yangon, and Hong Kong*2, and domestic offices in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. With the expansion of the firm's domestic and global network, Nishimura & Asahi is ideally placed to provide clients with a borderless one-stop service, from Japan to the world.
*1 Associate office
*2 Affiliate office