Ryo Chikasawa is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. His main practice areas include M&A, shareholder activism and corporate governance. He excels in advising public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in complex and high-value corporate matters including acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, shareholder activism, takeover defences and corporate governance matters. He also has extensive experience in representing international clients in M&A-related disputes in Japan. He has written articles in numerous professional publications on topics relating to both M&A transactions and disputes. He received his LL.B. degree in 2007 from the University of Tokyo and was admitted to the Japanese Bar in 2008. He also received his LL.M. degree in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2017. After completing his LL.M. study, he worked with Davis Polk & Wardwell from 2016 to 2017.