Takayuki Kihira is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto in Tokyo, where he practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities laws, and international commercial transactions. After graduating from Cornell Law School in 2006, he practiced with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. Working with the M&A group and Finance group, he advised many of the firm’s international clients. In addition to his legal practice, Kihira teaches M&A and Finance at Chuo University Law School in Japan. He has lectured for Cornell Law School’s Clarke Program Colloquium Series and for University of St. Gallen’s Executive M.B.L.-HSG program. His recent publications include Chambers Legal Practice Guides: Corporate M&A, Japan, 2015 (Chambers and Partners, 2015) and Corporations and Partnerships in Japan (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012), as well as web articles for the Practical Law Company. Kihira has been selected by various media as a recommended lawyer in the corporate and M&A sector. Most recently, he is listed as a recommended lawyer in the 2015 Asia-Pacific-wide rankings by Chambers, as well as in the fifth edition of “The Best Lawyers in Japan” by Best Lawyers.