Satoru Murase advises global corporations regarding cross-border investments and disputes in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is well known for his representation of major Japanese and Asian corporations in their overseas operations and disputes, as well as major U.S. and European corporations operating in Asia. He provides advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate governance, compliance, crisis management, employment, and government relations.
Satoru is identified in The Best Lawyers in America (2012 – 2014), The Best Lawyers in Japan (2012 – 2013),and as one of the 272 BTI Client Service All-Stars lawyers recognized nationally for their client service excellence in 2012.
Satoru regularly represents corporate and governmental entities including the Japanese Government on global government relations and regulatory matters. His media clients frequently consult him regarding intellectual property and technology issues. He also represents clients facing international trade disputes before the US Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, ITC, and the Department of Commerce. Satoru speaks frequently on business issues relating to international operations and has lectured at internal management training sessions at various corporations and a number of the major accounting firms. He regularly advises nonprofit organizations regarding governance and charitable law issues. He is fluent in Japanese and seeks to maintain his college Chinese.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Satoru was a partner at another international law firm.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1983, Juris Doctor
Harvard College, 1979, Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Awards and Affiliations
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
Best Lawyers, Corporate Law (2012–2015)
Best Lawyers, International Trade and Finance Law — Asia (2009–2015)
Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor — Debtor Rights Law and Corporate Restructuring (2008–2015)
Super Lawyers, New York Metro (2013–2014)
The Best Lawyers in Japan: Corporate M&A Law (2012–2013)