Satoru Murase is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice. He 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 corporations based in Japan and other Asian countries in their overseas operations and disputes, as well as major US and European corporations operating in Asia. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate governance, compliance, crisis management, employment, bankruptcy, insolvency, restructuring and government relations.

Satoru is identified as Lawyer of the Year 2021 – International Trade and Finance Law by Best Lawyers, recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2012–2022), and The Best Lawyers in Japan (2012–2022) and as one of the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2012, those lawyers recognized nationally for client service excellence. He regularly represents corporate and governmental entities including the Japanese government on global government relations and regulatory matters. Satoru’s media clients frequently consult him regarding intellectual property and technology issues. He has represented clients facing international trade disputes before the US Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, ITC and Department of Commerce. Satoru speaks frequently on business issues relating to international operations, risk compliance and corporate governance at major corporations. He regularly advises US and Japanese nonprofit organizations regarding governance and charitable law issues. Satoru is fluent in Japanese and studied Chinese in college.

Spoken Languages

  • Japanese


Georgetown University Law Center, JD

Harvard College, BA


  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • 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


  • Member, Trilateral Commission
  • Member, National Committee on United States - China Relations
  • Director and Executive Committee, Japan Society
  • Trustee, US-Japan Foundation
  • Director, Japan Center for International Exchange US
  • 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
  • INSOL International
  • Asia Society
  • China Institute
  • The US-Japan Council
  • Director Emeritus, Children for Children Foundation
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2022 – International Trade and Finance Law 
  • Paul R. Dean Alumni Award, Georgetown Law Center (2018)
  • Best Lawyers, Corporate Law (2012–2022)
  • Best Lawyers, International Trade and Finance Law — Asia (2009–2022)
  • Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor — Debtor Rights Law and Corporate Restructuring (2008–2022)
  • Super Lawyers, New York Metro (2013–2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in Japan: Corporate M&A Law (2012–2022)
  • "BTI Client Service All-Star"