柏木総合法律事務所
Kashiwagi Sogo Law Offices

Members

Masaru Tohyama (Sr. Partner)

Background

Mr. Tohyama was admitted to the Japan Bar in 2007. He has a highly diversified corporate practice, both domestic and international, involving mergers & acquisitions, structured finance and securities transactions. He also has deep experience in labor/employment dispute resolution as well as civil litigation, and is a member of the Dispute Mediation Committee of Tokyo Labor Bureau. Recognized for his expertise in international transactions, Mr. Tohyama has been appointed since 2017 by Japan External Trade Organization as a legal expert to assist small and mid-sized enterprises to expand their respective international business. He has defended individuals and business entities against allegations relating to white-collar crime, and assisted clients in the investigatory stage of potential criminal matters. In practice of public interest, Mr. Tohyama serves as a part-time Domestic Relations Conciliation Commissioner at Tokyo Family Court and as a member of the Board of Examiners administering the national examination of dispute resolution practice for labor and social security attorneys. Before joining this firm, Mr. Tohyama was Director of Capital Markets & Financing at Merrill Lynch Japan Securities. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he had worked with NTT Docomo, Inc., The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. and The Bank of Tokyo, Ltd. At Duke, he was Special Staff Editor of Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law.

Education

The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1988); University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M., 1992); Duke University School of Law (LL.M., 1993); Waseda University Graduate School of Law (LL.M., 1998); Waseda Law School (J.D., 2006); Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2006-07).

Professional Affiliations

Daini Tokyo Bar Association.

Publications

co-author and editor, Work Style Reform Act and other New Legislations on Labor and Employment (Roudou Kaihatsu Kenkyukai, 2020); co-author, Labor Dispute Handbook 2018 (Roudou Kaihatsu Kenkyukai, 2018); co-author, Worker Dispatch Act - 2015 Amendment and its Practical Implications (Daini Tokyo Bar Association, 2016); co-author, Labor Dispute Handbook (Daini Tokyo Bar Association, 2015); co-author, Labor Contract Act, Elderly Employment Stabilization Act and Worker Dispatch Act - 2012 Amendments and their Practical Implications (Daini Tokyo Bar Association, 2013); co-author, New Guidebook for Legal Counseling on Employment Disputes (Daini Tokyo Bar Association, 2012); co-author, Child Poverty - A Report by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Akashi Shoten, 2011); co-author, Norms and Corporation Law, Vol. 9 Business Enterprise and Foundations of Law 77 (Waseda Institute for Corporation Law and Society, 2006)