Akira Tago focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other general corporate matters. He represents clients across a variety of industry sectors, including financial institutions, manufacturing, airlines, real estate, pharmaceutical and food companies.

Mr. Tago joined Skadden in 2018 after previously working at a leading Japanese law firm.

His experience since he joined Skadden includes advising:

  • freee K.K. in its ¥35 billion initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange;
  • Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. in its ¥359.5 billion global common stock offering;
  • the underwriters on its multiple SEC-registered bond offerings of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (guaranteed by the Japanese government);
  • the underwriters on the US$1.15 billion hybrid debt offering by Nippon Life Insurance Company;
  • Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. in its US$510 million acquisition of AIM Aerospace Corporation;
  • Toshiba Corporation in its (by itself or through its subsidiaries) taking-private of its three publicly traded subsidiaries;
  • ARTERIA Networks Corporation in its ¥21.9 billion global IPO;
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited in its US$910 million overseas hybrid debt offering;
  • Toyota Industries Corporation in its US$600 million senior notes offering;
  • Key Safety Systems in its acquisition of substantially all of Takata Corporation’s global assets and operations;
  • Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation in its ¥56.8 billion, ¥36.3 billion and ¥34.3 billion global equity offerings; and
  • Invincible Investment Corporation in its ¥41.6 billion and ¥24.1 billion global equity offerings.



  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2015
  • J.D., University of Tokyo, 2008
  • LL.B., University of Tokyo, 2006


  • Japan (Bengoshi)
  • New York


  • Japanese
  • English

Akira Tago

Bengoshi Associate, Skadden Arps Law Office, registered associated office of Skadden Arps Foreign Law Office, Corporate