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According to Keiji, the most exciting aspects of being a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell include the wide variety of complex issues he has the opportunity to work on in unchartered territory.

“At S&C, we regularly deal with cutting-edge transactions involving new issues,” he says. “For example, our representation of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in its $9 billion investment in Morgan Stanley was full of unprecedented issues—the deal closed on Columbus Day using a check instead of a wire transfer (the banks were closed) and Morgan Stanley filed certificates with Delaware’s secretary of state, who opened the office that day for the transaction.”

Keiji admits that being expected to resolve issues that haven’t been dealt with before is challenging at times. However, “I do find it rewarding that our clients appreciate our ability to think creatively to resolve new issues,” he says.

He says that he gained substantial experience as an associate by working with lawyers at various offices around the world. Keiji says that, “because S&C is involved in many high-profile cross-border transactions, a deal team is formed among different offices all the time.”

In his downtime, Keiji enjoys Tokyo’s many restaurants. “I’m pretty confident—without the Michelin guide agreeing with me—that Tokyo has the best restaurants in the world,” he says. In addition to taking advantage of all that Tokyo has to offer, Keiji loves to travel and spend time with his wife and three daughters.

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