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Makiko is a Senior Associate in the Banking & Credit Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, based out of the New York office. She leads the Japanese Banking & Credit practice at the firm and represents borrowers and lenders in complex U.S. and cross-border financing transactions, including acquisition finance, fund finance, project finance, corporate facilities and other innovative products. She previously has been based in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office. 

Makiko graduated from Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude) and Yale University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. For three years between her undergraduate and legal studies, Makiko was an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs Japan.

Makiko recently finished a tenure as the Chair of the Leadership Council for Year Up New York, the New York chapter of a national not-for-profit organization that provides a one-year intensive job training program for low-income young adults. She is also a leader of The Door’s pro bono clinic for runaway and homeless youth, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. At Simpson Thacher, she is on the Women’s Committee and has also served on the Associates’ Committee.   

A native of Japan, Makiko spent much of her childhood in Europe before moving to the United States as a college student. She loves food and travel, is a recreational runner, and plays the violin in a string quartet.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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New York, NY 10017

Fellow Year


Areas of Practice

Banking & Financial Services
Private Equity


Private Equity

Leadership Positions

Immediate Past Chair of the Leadership Council, Year Up New York

Law School

Georgetown University Law Center

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