Masafumi Masuda is a counsel at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, admitted to practise in Japan and New York. He utilises his background in engineering to handle dispute resolution and transactions involving a variety of technology-related issues. He has advised extensively on legal issues in numerous IT and digital matters across various industries, in particular gaming and web services. He has written extensively on copyright and digital content issues, including Copyright and Rules for Internet Business, 2nd edn (co-author, CRIC, 2020), The Google Books Case: Analysis and Evaluation of Court Documents (co-author, Shojihomu, 2016) and Digital Content Law and Policy (co-author, Asahi Shimbun Publications, 2012), and given numerous lectures and presentations. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo (2004), his JD from Chuo Law School (2007) and an LLM in law, science and technology from Stanford Law School (2016). After studying at Stanford, he worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Singapore) LLP in Singapore. He is also actively working on newly recognised interdisciplinary areas such as fintech. Having served as a drafter for the government until 2020, working on reforming financial regulations in relation to blockchain, he frequently employs his cutting-edge knowledge in blockchain-related cases. He was recognised as one of the best lawyers in Japan in both the information technology law and the fintech practice fields in 2021.
The Technology Disputes Law Review is a global guide for company executives and private practitioners navigating the most common subjects of dispute in the tech sector – including IP issues, system development and data processing. It examines the essential practical considerations for litigants, including common causes of action and remedies; court procedures; evidence and witnesses; enforcement of judgments; and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.