Satoru Murase has a concentration in corporate and international law. His practice has focused on representation of major Asian and Japanese corporations in their overseas operations, and major U.S. and European corporations operating in Asia. Through his practice, he has extensive experience in providing legal advice regarding corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, compliance, risk management, employment, and restructuring matters.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America as Leading Lawyer Corporate Law (2012); Leading Lawyer in International Trade and Finance Law - Asia (2009–2012); Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and Corporate Restructuring (2008–2012); as well as in The Best Lawyers in Japan as Leading Lawyer in Corporate M&A Law (2012). In 2012, Satoru was identified by corporate counsel as one of the 272 BTI Client Service All-Stars lawyers nationally for their client service excellence.
Satoru represents corporations worldwide and has worked on corporate financings, restructurings and sale of assets involving some of Japan’s largest insolvencies. He actively advises global corporations regarding cross-border investments in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Media clients frequently consult him regarding intellectual property and technology issues. He has also represented international clients before the United States Trade Representative, International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce relating to international trade disputes.
Satoru speaks frequently on business issues relating to international operations and has lectured at internal management training sessions at various international corporations and a number of the major accounting firms. He regularly advises nonprofit organizations regarding governance and charitable law issues. He attended Seikei High School, Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center. He is fluent in Japanese and seeks to maintain his college Chinese.
Author, “Expecting the Unexpected,” Best Lawyers 2011 - 2012 Edition (January 2012)
Author, “Chinese Investment in the US: Avoiding the Mistakes of the Japanese,” (June 2011)
Author, “U.S. Sexual Harassment Cases: Current Trends and Development of Corporate Policies for Prevention,” Lexis Corporate Law Journal, No. 8 (in Japanese) (August 2006)
Roundtable Participant, “Corporate/Debt Restructuring: Japan, the Hong Kong SAR & (and) the People's Republic of China - A Roundtable Discussion,” 10 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 1 (2002)
Member, Trilateral Commission
Member, National Committee on United States - China Relations
Director and Audit Committee Chair, Japan Society
Trustee, U.S.-Japan Foundation
Director, Japan Center for International Exchange U.S.
Director, Table for Two USA
Georgetown Law National Alumni Board Emeritus
Member, Georgetown Law Center Asian Law Alumni Board
Executive Committee, Nippon Club
Vice President, Japanese American Association of New York
Steering Committee, China-United States Symposium, Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems
The US-Japan Council
Director Emeritus, Children for Children Foundation
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- The Best Lawyers in America: Leading Lawyer Corporate Law (2012); Leading Lawyer in International Trade and Finance Law — Asia (2009–2012); Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor — Debtor Rights Law and Corporate Restructuring (2008–2012)
- The Best Lawyers in Japan: Leading Lawyer in Corporate M&A Law (2012)
- “BTI Client Service All-Star” and litigator in a survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 organizations after recommendations by more than 250 corporate counsel during interviews with BTI.