Major Practice Areas
Finance / Restructuring and Insolvency / Mergers & Acquisitions / Real Estate / Energy
Other Practice Areas
Corporate / Dispute Resolution


Keiko Horino focuses her practice mainly on finance, business rehabilitation, and mergers and acquisitions. With respect to finance, Ms. Horino advises on various types of structured financing and project financing as well as all kinds of financial regulations (including financial instruments law and banking law), and more recently, on dealing with legal regulations applicable to FinTech. In her business rehabilitation practice, Ms. Horino handles a wide range of matters, including winding-up, legal reconstruction proceedings (civil rehabilitation proceedings and corporate reorganization proceedings), and legal liquidation proceedings (bankruptcy proceedings). Based upon her abundant experience in finance-related legal matters, Ms. Horino addresses business rehabilitation cases not only from the standpoint of the debtor but also from the standpoint of the creditor. Ms. Horino is also an author of books and articles regarding business rehabilitation and teaches the law of trusts to law school students.

Work Highlights

  • Financing of the development of a large-scale solar power plant
  • Development of large-scale commercial facilities, hotels, condominiums, and office buildings by a major Japanese company
  • Liquidation of claims held by a Japanese consumer loan company
  • Private finance initiative of large-scale medical center business, meal supply center business, etc.
  • Winding-up and civil rehabilitation of listed companies (real estate developers)
  • Civil rehabilitation and corporate reorganization of Japanese golf courses
  • Bankruptcy trustee of a major Japanese trading company
  • Bankruptcy trustee of a major Japanese coffee shop chain

Education & Professional Career

Jan 2013 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
Oct 2005Graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan; Admitted to practice in Japan; Joined Kitahama Partners
Mar 2004Osaka University (LL.B.)

Other Activities

2021 – PresentMember, Auxiliary organization assessment committee in Osaka city
2021 – PresentVisiting Professor (Trust Law), Osaka University Law School
2017 – PresentPerson to provide conciliation seeking service, Mediation Center Osaka
2012 – 2021 Adjunct Professor, Osaka University Law School (Trust Act)
2009 – PresentAdjunct Assistant Professor, Osaka University of Economics, Graduate School (Trust Act)


  • Japan Association of the Law of Trusts
  • The Japanese Association of Real Estate Financial Engineering
  • National Network of Insolvency Attorneys
  • Japanese Association for Business Recovery
  • Japanese Association of Turnaround Professionals
  • Center for Trusts, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Backup Team in the Trusts Law Subcommittee of the Legislative Council, Civil Subcommittee of the Research Commission on the Judiciary System, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Judicial System Committee in charge of Insolvency Law Division and Trust Law Division, Osaka Bar Association