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Hidemaro Matsushima

Partner / Attorney at Law

Fukuoka Office

Major Practice Areas
Employment and Labor / Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions / Construction/Architecture / Insurance
Other Practice Areas
Data Protection (Personal Information Protection Act, GDPR, etc.) / Real Estate / Dispute Resolution
Labor and Social Security Attorney


Hidemaro Matsushima handles matters in the field of human resources and labor and employment law and provides prompt legal advice regarding labor due diligence requiring requires extensive knowledge of labor and employment law, handling employee status verification claims and claims for unpaid wages as the employer’s representative, claims for harassment and work-related accidents, and reviewing employment rules and regulations, as well as dismissal and disciplinary actions.  

With respect to mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Matsushima provides the same level of legal services as in Tokyo and Osaka.  In addition to typical share transfer arrangements, he also handles share exchanges between listed companies and has extensive experience in conducting legal due diligence.  Although his work requires speed and precision, Mr. Matsushima enjoys the satisfaction of completing a complex transaction as the result of paying close attention to detail at each step and finds it rewarding to work as an attorney. 

In addition to these cases, Mr. Matsushima has handled a large number of other cases, as well, including lawsuits and negotiations, M&A projects, private liquidations, and business reorganizations, construction and real estate disputes, bankruptcy trustee cases, and IPO support (due diligence on legal compliance systems of companies preparing to go public). 

Moreover, Mr. Matsushima is actively involved in other activities such as writing articles for legal magazines and holding seminars in collaboration with financial institutions and auditing firms. 

Work Highlights

  • Legal advisor for exchange of shares among listed companies and due diligence matter
  • Acquisition of a corporation in the same business by a leading Japanese long-term care service provider and legal due diligence associated therewith
  • Acquisition of a golf course management corporation by a leading Japanese enterprise, and legal due diligence associated therewith
  • Representing client in a lawsuit and negotiation claiming damages based on power and sexual harassment
  • Representing client in a lawsuit and negotiation regarding false claims in connection with fire insurance proceeds
  • Serving as legal advisor for a project to acquire and extinguish preferred stock issued through DES by a listed company
  • Rendering advice on ordinary general shareholders’ meeting of a listed company
  • Collaboration with one of the biggest auditing firms in Japan to hold a seminar on information risk management for IPOs

Education & Professional Career

Jan 2024 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
Mar 2020Registered as a Labor and Social Security Attorney
Jan 2016Joined Kitahama Partners
Dec 2015Graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan; Admitted to practice in Japan
Mar 2014Kyoto University Law School (J.D.)
Mar 2012Kyoto University (LL.B.)

Other Activities

Apr 2021Adjunct Lecturer, Kyoto University Law School (Basic Law Exercise / Preparation for Civil Law-related Document)
Mar 2017 – Mar 2021Member, Iki City Political Ethics Review Committee