Masakazu Masujima excels in IT transactions and is particularly adept at advising on the regulatory frameworks governing the space.
Masakazu Masujima is a partner at Tokyo headquartered international law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and is responsible for rapidly growing information technology startups and open innovation practices. Masa represents various technology-based startups through a company setup, financing, designing services and exit transactions. His unique business model as legal counsel is that he takes a two-sided network model in representing clients, which comprises of traditional corporations seeking for access to innovation and startups seeking for capital, customers and human resources. Leveraging this strategy, he offers a wide range of services that go beyond legal services, such as sharing with the clients the network and other resources to help accomplish clients’ strategic goals.
Masa served at the Financial Services Agency of Japan from 2010 to 2012, as legal and compliance group head of the insurance business division, and as deputy director at banks division I.
Before joining FSA, Masa worked at Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 2006 to 2007.
He is currently a special adviser to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and a member of various government committees, including the regulatory sandbox committee, the sharing economy strategic committee and the digital market competition commission. Masa also chairs Japan’s most influential fintech professional non-profit organisation, Finovators, and provides advice to overseas fintech companies seeking entry to the Japanese market. Masa is an adviser to the Japan Venture Capital Association, the Japan Crowdfunding Association and the Japan Blockchain Association. Currently he is committed to the Agile Governance and Governance Innovation initiatives of the World Economic Forum, which aims to update governance through advanced technologies and data.
Masa is admitted to the Bar in Japan and State Bar of New York. He holds an LLM from Columbia Law School and an LLB from the University of Tokyo.