Takashi Matsumoto retired from partnership on June 30, 1999. He worked as counsel at the firm until Febuary 1, 2009. He was a partner in the firm's Tokyo office and has broad and extensive legal expertise through his work at two major Japanese companies. He started his legal career in 1966 in Tokyo, Japan at the legal department of Itochu Corporation. He handled first, domestic legal matters including secured transactions, bankruptcy and various corporate transactions, and then, international legal matters including cross border investment, aircraft leasing, technical licensing, plant export and construction and natural resources development. Mr. Matsumoto was transferred to New York in 1981 to become the manager of the legal department of Itochu International, Inc. where he concentrated on various corporate transactions, international trade issues and litigations.
In May 1987, Mr. Matsumoto joined the New York branch of The Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. as the senior vice president and general counsel. He established and managed the bank's first in-house legal department in New York. He concentrated on bank regulations, various banking transactions, compliance programs and litigations. At his former law firm in New York, Mr. Matsumoto presided over the Japan Desk and acted as the liaison to the Japanese business community in the United States. As Mr. Matsumoto has lived and worked in New York for 14 years since 1981, he is quite familiar with the legal issues facing Japanese companies when they do business in the United States. He joined the firm in 1995, and represented both Japanese and foreign clients in various projects, including in particular, cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, technology licenses, simultaneous initial public offering for a Japanese corporation at MOTHERS and NASDAQ. He is also very experienced with dispute resolution issues typically faced by Japanese companies when doing business in the US.
He is a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Bar of the State of New York and is qualified as Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer) in Japan.