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Kentaro Suzuki



2001, Japan




Banking and finance, M&A/corporate, real estate, corporate governance, public and government relations, general corporate/commercial matters.


Kentaro Suzuki is a co-founder and partner of Shibata, Suzuki & Nakada.  His practice covers general corporate matters, with a particular focus on LBO, corporate governance and cross-border transactions. 


Kentaro has extensive experience in representing both creditors (senior bank lenders) and debtors (business enterprises, private equity sponsors, etc.) in various types of corporate transactions, including small and mid sized LBO.  He is a co-author of “Legal Aspect of Acquisition Finance” (2014). 

Corporate Governance

The experience gained through his secondment to the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), from 2007 to 2008, will provide valuable insight for clients in connection with corporate governance and public relations matters.  Kentaro served as statutory auditor at a listed company based in Osaka, Japan, and works as supervisory director for J-Reits.  He is frequently asked to serve as a member of special independent committees formed by listed companies in connection with conflict transactions including MBOs and squeeze-outs.

Cross-border Transactions

Kentaro regularly provides Japanese law advice to international clients.  He also has been asked by Japanese clients to assist them in managing cross-border transactions as well as handling (potential) disputes in international commercial matters. 


2000| Keio University (LL.B.)

2001 - 2014|Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu

2006|New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Corporation Law)

2006 - 2007|Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York)

2007 - 2008|Corporate System Division, the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), the Government of Japan

2009 - 2010|Member of Enterprise Law as a Structure for Incentives at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

2014 -|Co-founder/Partner at Shibata, Suzuki & Nakada

2014 -2016|Statutory Auditor for DIAMOND ELECTRIC MFG. CO. ,LTD.

2014 - Supervisory Director for Marubeni Private Real Estate Investment Trust 

2016 - Supervisory Director for Ooedo Onsen Reit Investment Corporation

Kousaku Haruguchi