Masaya Hirano is a partner of TMI Associates. After obtaining an LLM degree from Columbia Law School in 2004, he was seconded to Simmons & Simmons in London from 2004 to 2006. He is qualified as a lawyer in Japan and the State of New York. Masaya’s expertise lies in corporate and corporate finance, M&As, JVs, VC transactions and other strategic transactions. While he has deal experience in a wide range of industries, his recent practice is heavily weighted in the technology sector (including, social media, software, cloud and data storage). Masaya has been identified as one of the leading players in the TMT sector in Japan by Who's Who Legal since 2014. Masaya also served as a sitting Examination Member of the Bar Examination, appointed by the Minister of Justice from 2014 to 2016.