Kenji is a corporate attorney and advises clients in Japan, the U.S., and other jurisdictions on a range of transactions, including U.S. public offerings and stock exchange listings, American Depositary Share programs, private placements, block trades, sovereign financings, privatizations, and public and private M&A transactions.
As a native speaker of both English and Japanese, Kenji is involved in a large number of global offerings conducted by Japanese issuers, whether as the issuer’s counsel or underwriters’ counsel. He has advised more than 30 J-REITs and their asset managers, as well as investment banks on the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), the Swiss Federal Act on Collective Investment Schemes, and other European regulatory rules. He advises the government of Japan and various government-owned financial institutions on SEC filings and registered debt offerings.
Kenji also advises on compliance with U.S. disclosure, reporting, and corporate governance requirements, as well as with the U.S. Volcker Rule and economic sanctions programs. Most recently, he has been involved in initial coin offerings (ICOs) and registration of cryptocurrency exchanges.
At Columbia Law School, Kenji was a Kent Scholar and senior editor of The Columbia Law Review. Before joining us, he founded and ran an online venture based in Massachusetts. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer on international finance at Sophia University Law School. He also previously served as the president of the Dartmouth Club of Japan, and was the first international member of the Dartmouth Communities Executive Council.
In his pro bono practice, Kenji has advised a global healthcare fund, a global environmental conservation group, a human rights organization, a project dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking, a company that provides AI-based anti-litter services, Japan’s largest LGBTA business professional network, and a Karuizawa-based international school that has been certified as a UWC school. He is also a member of a working group developing a platform for social impact financing in Japan, and serves as a partner of Social Venture Partners Tokyo, a network that aims to accelerate social entrepreneurship in Japan.
Kenji Hosokawa is ranked Band 2 in the Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law category in the current editions of Chambers Global (2018) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2019). He is also ranked as a Leading Individual in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Japan: Capital Markets.
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