Masahiko (“Masa”) Ishida is a Partner in the Corporate Group in DLA Piper Tokyo. Masa is admitted in Japan and New York and has experience across a broad range of M&A and venture financing transactions. His VC and CVC experience includes several US CVC transactions by Japanese trading companies, CVC investments in a European company by Japanese entertainment company and VC investments in Japanese technology start-ups for multinational financial institutions. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Masa practiced at a well-known large domestic Japanese law firm where he worked for a variety of multinational PE funds and VC funds and served as Managing Director of a multi-national investment bank.
Masa has been recognised as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A field by many magazines and ranking institutions such as Legal 500 2019 (Tier-1), Chambers Global 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 with clients identifying him as “really smart and energetic”, “great experience and knowledge in the business field as well as his great legal skills.”