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


As a result of Toshiaki Sano’s previous experience working for a financial institution, his primary area of legal practice is finance. Specifically, he handles project finance including, but not limited to, real estate non-recourse loans, renewable energy, and PFI matters. He also handles corporate reorganization matters, due diligence in M&A, and business revitalization matters. Recently, there have been increasing opportunities to engage with the start-up business community, and he has been focusing on assisting such startup companies.

Work Highlights

  • Project finance matters (real estate non-recourse loans, renewable energy, PFI/PPP, etc.)
  • Due diligence in M&A matters
  • Various advisory matters regarding corporate restructuring
  • Business revitalization matters (private liquidation, civil rehabilitation)
  • General corporate legal affairs, corporate advisory matters, general civil matters, and other matters

Education & Professional Career

Jan 2016 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
Jan 2012Joined Kitahama Partners
Jan 2010Employed at the Nishi-Nippon City Bank, Ltd.
Dec 2009Graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan; Admitted to practice in Japan
Mar 2008Kyushu University Law School (J.D.)
Apr 2001Employed at Nikko Salomon Smith Barney Securities
Mar 2001Keio University, Faculty of Economics

Other Activities

Jun 2023 – PresentOutside Director and Audit and Supervisory Committee Member, Vega corporation Co., Ltd. (listed on the Growth Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange)
Mar 2022 – Jun 2023Auditor, NCB Capital Co., Ltd.
Sep 2021 – PresentAdjunct Lecturer, Institute for Legal Practice, Fukuoka University (Corporate Legal Theory)
May 2020 – PresentAuditor, NCB Venture Capital, Co., Ltd.
Jul 2019 – Sep 2023Auditor, NCB Capital Investment Co., Ltd.
Oct 2018 – PresentMember of Council of External Experts on Self-Monitoring, Fukuoka Airport
Apr 2015 – PresentAcademic Advisor to Institute for Legal Practice, Fukuoka University (Corporate Law)