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Masako BANNO

Masako BANNO

Education

2000 Waseda University (LL.B.)
2012 University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, U.S.) (LL.M.)

Professional Admissions

2004 Admitted in Japan
(Japan Federation of Bar Associations / Tokyo Bar Association)
2014 Admitted in New York, U.S.
(N.Y. State Supreme Court, Appellate Division)

Professional Experience

2006-present Management Support Advisor to Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan
2007–2009 Legal Counsel to Japan Securities Dealers Association
2013-present Member of Committee on Lawyers' Gender Equality, Tokyo Bar Association
2013-2014 Senior Counsel to Japan Securities Dealers Association
2015-present Labor Law Project Team Member of Gender Equality Committee, Tokyo Bar Association
2015-present Deputy Secretary-General of Committee on Lawyers' Gender Equality, Tokyo Bar Association
April 2016-present Member of Japanese Law Translation Council, Ministry of Justice
2016-present Member of Public Relations Sub-Committee, Organizing Committee, 30th LAWASIA Conference Tokyo 2017
2016-present Manager of International Councils, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2017 Lecturer at Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University (Japanese securities law)
2017-present Officer of Women Lawyers' Interest Group, International Bar Association (IBA)
2017-present Working Group Member of Annual Global Report of Global Employment Institute, IBA
2017-present Council Member of the Center for Gender Equality Promotion, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2017-present Member of Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2017-present Member of Investigation Committee, Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA)
2018-present Officer of International Affairs Office, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2018-present Officer of Diversity Council, International Bar Association (IBA)

Professional Affiliations

International Bar Association (IBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
LAWASIA
International Trade Section of Tokyo Bar Association
Lawyers Network for Foreigners
Securities Broker Representative License (First Class) (Inactive)

Practice Areas

Investment Fund Regulation
Corporate and M&A
International Transactions, Cross-border Investment
Labor and Employment Law
Information Privacy Law
Business Immigration

Languages

Japanese (Native)
English (Full Professional Proficiency)

Presentations and Speeches

"Legal Advice on Expanding Business into ASEAN Region with Reference to Case Study"(Global Frontier Association) (May 2018)
"Legal Advice for SME Expanding Business Overseas in Asian Region" (Tokyo SME University) (January 2018)
“Female Corporate Executives Leading Changes in Japan”(Seminar on businesswomen’s empowerment and the aging society, held by Women Executives’Committee of Tokyo Chamber of Commerce) (December 2017)
“Japanese Securities Law” (Series of 12-week seminar classes for foreign law students, covering the following topics: Overview of FIEA, Insider Trading, Regulation on Unfair Transactions, Various Types of Securities, Offering Disclosure, Continuous Disclosure, Enforcement of Disclosure Regulations, Tender Offer, Regulations on Financial Instruments and Business Operators, Investment Funds, Disclosure in M&A, Extra-Territorial Application of FIEA) (September – December 2017)
“Recent Examples of Legal Troubles in Asian Business”(Asia Management Strategy Research Institute of Initiative for Development of Entrepreneurship in Asia) (September 2017)
“Key Points of Legal Issues in Asian Business, Focusing on Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia” (Global Frontier Association) (May 2017)
"Legal Advice for SME Expanding Business Overseas in Asian Region" (Tokyo SME University) (March 2017)
"Key Points of Gender-Equality in Employment" (Client seminar held by Okuno & Partners) (November 2016)
"Regulation on Investment Trust in Japan"(Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (Hitotsubashi ICS)) (September 2016)
"Legal Compliance of Financial Self-Regulatory Organizations"(Japan Investment Trust Association) (April 2016)
“Adding ‘My Number’ and Data Security to Foreign Direct Investment”(American Chamber of Commerce in Japan) (April 2016)
"Legal Advice for SMEs Expanding Business Overseas in Asian Region"(Tokyo SME University) (March 2016)
“ ‘My Number’ and Amendment of the Act on Protection of Personal Information - How to Minimize the Impact” (Tokyo Chamber of Commerce, Women Directors Committee) (March 2016)
“My Number - Is my privacy still safeguarded?” (Newly-introduced national ID number system and amendment of the Act on Protection of Personal Information of Japan)(Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Japan) (December 2015)
“Immigration and Taxation Issues on Transnational Employment under Japanese Law"(LAWASIA Employment Law Conference) (August 2015)
“Remedies of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and the Role of Law in Korea, Japan and Taiwan"(East Asia Law Society Conference) (August 2015)
"Legal Advice for SMEs Expanding Business Overseas in Asian Region"(Tokyo SME University) (March 2015)
“Introduction to the Act on Protection of Personal Information of Japan"(Legal Compliance Seminars hosted by Japan Securities Dealers Association Tokyo Office) (May, August and December of 2008, April of 2009)
“Introduction to the Act on Protection of Personal Information of Japan"(Legal Compliance Seminars hosted by Japan Securities Dealers Association Osaka Office) (April 2008, April 2009)
“Introduction to the Act on Protection of Personal Information of Japan"(Seminars held by securities and investment companies) (October 2008, June 2009)
“Regulation on Investment Solicitation under Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan"(Legal Compliance Seminars hosted by Japan Securities Dealers Association Tokyo Office) (May 2008, April 2009)
“Regulation on Investment Solicitation under Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan"(Legal Compliance Seminars hosted by Japan Securities Dealers Association Osaka Office) (April 2009)
“Regulation on Advertisement under Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan"(Seminars held by securities and investment companies) (October 2008, November 2008)
“Overview of Anti-Money-Laundering Act of Japan"(Seminar held by a securities and investment company) (November 2008)

Publications

Transnational Employment Trends in Four Pacific Rim Countries, 34 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal
(Volume 34, Issue 1, 2016) (Co-authored)
Q&A on Practical Business Affairs of Parent and Affiliated Companies
(Revised Edition, Co-authored) (Shinnippon Hoki Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Manual on Regulations for Corporate Executives
(Revised Edition, Co-authored) (Shinnippon Hoki Publishiing Co., Ltd.)
Q&A on Judicial Affairs and Tax Affairs for Shares, Corporate Bonds
(Revised Edition, Co-authored) (Shinnippon Hoki Publishing Co., Ltd.)
LAWASIA is Coming to Tokyo! Let’s Explore the World of International Practice
(in Japanese) (Tokyo Bar Association Monthly Magazine ”LIBRA”, July 2017) (Co-producer/Co-chief Editor)
Gender Diversity Brings Out the Best in All of Us
(in Japanese) (Tokyo Bar Association Monthly Magazine “LIBRA”, February 2017)(Producer/Chief Editor)