Main Members



Founder, CEO
In 2015, he came to Malaysia. In 2017, he started LIKEARISINGSUN, an M&A advisory and consulting firm, and became independent. He provides advisory support for all phases of M&A, including deal sourcing, M&A execution, and PMI. In addition, as a Japanese attorney at law, he has been providing a wide range of support for Japanese companies’ activities in Malaysia, including various corporate legal matters, litigation and disputes in the areas of personnel and labor affairs, etc., in cooperation with a Malaysian law firm. Graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, Chuo University Law School (Juris Doctor), and Duke University School of Law (LL.M., Graduation Speaker).
  • A committee of Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (JACTIM) Management Committee
  • Committee member of KL Japanese Association
  • A member of the Tokyo Bar Association

2003  The University of Tokyo, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

2006  Admitted to the bar

2007  Chuo University, Juris Doctor(J.D.), School of Law

 Legal Intern at Cabinet Office, Social Policy Bureau

2008  Attorney at Law, Japan

Associate at Bingham McCutchen (Anderson Mori & Tomotsune )

2015   Duke University school of Law

           Special Officer to CEO at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ(Malaysia)

2016   Seconded also to JEFF LEONG, POON & WONG(Malaysia)

2017   Resigned Anderson Mori & Tomtsune

            Ended secondment of MUFG Malaysia and JLPW

            Founder/CEO, Likearisingsun Sdn Bhd

2020  Established a new office at Tokyo, Likearisingsun

2023  Established Likearisingsun Co., Ltd (Tokyo) 

–    Engaged in numerous M&A cases as a bankruptcy trustee assigned by the Court and a rehabilitation debtor agent
–    Represented one of the largest Japanese chemical manufacturers in M&A deal in bankrupt company
–    Represented a Japanese semiconductor trading company in cross-border M&A deal by a US company 
–    Represented a listed car parts manufacturer in a cross-border antitrust case
–    Represented a top Japanese medical related electronics company for crisis management case
–    Represented one of the largest Japanese trading companies in the litigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill case
–    Pro-bono works as official defense counsel, representative of refugee application case and legal aid consultant

– Weekly article regarding Covid-19 related issues (NNA, March 2020 – June 2020)
– Serial biweekly article regarding M&A in Malaysia (NNA, July 2018 – present)
– Serial biweekly article regarding legal topics in Malaysia (NNA, September 2016 – June 2018)
– Cross-border Business Revitalization – Case Studies and the Latest Legal Practice Overseas (Shoji-Houme, Co-author, 2015)
– Essential Points of Japan M&A Practice (Shoji-Houme, Co-author, 2015)
– Casebook of Trust Act for law practitioners (Yuhikaku, Co-author, 2014)
– Casebook of business revitalization for law practitioners (Yuhikaku, Co-author, 2014)
– Labor Practice Guide for Company-Dismissal and Retirement (Shoji-Houme, Co-author, 2014)
– Overview of Recent Chapter 15 Cases (Jigyosaisei to Saiken Kanri, Japanese translation, 2010)

  • “Labor law related issues in Malaysia” (Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, June 2016)
  • “New Companies Act in Malaysia“ (Ichika-Kai Association, October 2016)
  • “New Companies Act in Malaysia” (Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, November 2016)
  • “New Companies Act in Malaysia” (Bangi MD Association, November 2016)
  • “New Companies Act in Malaysia” (JACTIM Perak branch, January 2017)
  • New Companies Act and M&A in Malaysia” (Nikin-Kai Association at Johor, April 2017)
  • “New Companies Act and  M&A in Malaysia” (Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ, May 2017)
  • “Labor law related issues in Malaysia” (JAC Recruitment, May 2017)
  • “Labor law related issues in Malaysia” (Sansui-Kai Association at Penang, July 2017)
  • “M&A in Malaysia” (Ichika-Kai Association, March 2019)
  • “Legal Basics for Startups and Entrepreneurs”(Sunway University workshop, December 2019)
  • “M&A by Japanese companies in SEA” (CLSA Securities Japan Co., Ltd., February 2020)
  • “Legal issues related to management of subsidiary in Malaysia” (JACTIM, March 2020)
  • “Business launch support and cross border M&A in Malaysia” (Seminar for legal trainees in Japan, May 2020)
    (Berjaya Sompo Seminar, May 2020)
  • “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)
  • “M&A opportunity under Covid-19” (Aleevar Consulting, June 2020)
  • “Special considerations for M&A in a pandemic world: the South East Asian perspective”(Joint Webinar by Dentons Rodyk & Likearisingsun,  July 2020)
  • “Amendments to Bribery Regulations in Malaysia” (Seminar for Berjaya Sompo Insurance, October 2020)
  • “The risk and way of prevention of having only one person able to carry out a specific role” 
  • (Joint Webiner by Pasona and LIKEARISINGSUN, August 2021)
  • “One Stop Service – From A Single PC to M&A” (Joint Webinar by KDDI Malaysia and LIKEARISINGSUN, September 2021)
  • “Legal issues arising in the operation of the local subsidiary (Ichika-Kai Association, July 2022)
  • “New Employment Act in Malaysia” (JACTIM Industrial group, July 2022)”
  • “Legal issues which arise in the operation of subsidiaries in Malaysia.” (Joint Webinar by Pasona & Likearisingsun, Dec 2022)
  • “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (Joint webinar with BENG, June 2023)
  • “Legal issues related to management of subsidiary in Malaysia” (JACTIM Service Division, June 2023)
  • “Legal issues related to management of subsidiary in Malaysia” (JACTIM Perak Division, July 2023)
  • “Managing Legal Challenges & Risks Operations in Malaysia” (AON, July 2023)
  •  “Human Resources Issues of Japanese Companies” (Bangi MD group, November 2023)
  • Personnel and labor issues and crisis management (Sansui-Kai Association at Penang, March 2024)

  •  ” Recent Legal Issues Faced by Japanese Companies” (Ichika-Kai Association, March 2024)
  • ” Recent trends in M&A and expansion by Japanese companies in Malaysia, and the basics of M&A” (Ichika-Kai Association, May 2024)
  • ” Recent trends in M&A and expansion by
    Japanese companies in Malaysia, and the basics of M&A” (IT Community Malaysia Association, June 2024)

Dato Ahmad Noordin Ismail

Senior Advisor

Dato Ahmad joined Likearisingsun Group of companies in 2024 as  a Senior Advisor to support government and regulatory related matters with decades of relevant experience.

His impressive career spans over 30 years with the Royal Malaysia Police, where he held various leadership positions within the Commercial Crime Investigation Department’s Cyber & Multimedia Investigation Division. Most recently, from April 2019 to April 2023, Dato Ahmad served as a Cybercrime Advisor at OCBC Bank Malaysia.

Prior to that, Dato Ahmad demonstrated his expertise in cybercrime investigations within the Royal Malaysia Police, serving as Deputy Director (SAC). His extensive experience encompasses a deep understanding of cyber threats, investigation techniques, and the ever-evolving landscape of online crime.

Dato Ahmad’s educational background further strengthens his qualifications. He holds a Masters of Science in Emergency Response & Preparedness from University Putra Malaysia (2002) and an Advanced Diploma in Psychology (Counselling) from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (1989).

2019 Cybercrime Advisor OCBC Bank Malaysia

2017 Deputy Director (SAC), Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Cyber & Multimedia Investigation Division, Royal Malaysia Police

2014 Principal Assistant Director (ACP), Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Cyber & Multimedia Investigation Division, Royal Malaysia Police 

2011 Assistant Director, Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Cyber & Multimedia Investigation Division, Royal Malaysia Police 

2007 Assistant Director, Operation / Technical Aid, Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Royal Malaysia Police 

2006 Principle Assistant Director, Intelligence / Technical Aid, Inspector General of Police Secretariat (Discipline), Royal Malaysia Police  

2003 Deputy Superintendent Police, Inspector General of Police Secretariat (Discipline), Head of Case Studies, Royal Malaysia Police  

2001 Assistant Superintendent Police, Inspector General of Police Secretariat (Discipline), Head of Properties, Royal Malaysia Police

1999 Lecturer, Centre of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution, Narcotic School, Royal Malaysia Police College.

1997 Leave of absence at Buffalo NY.USA

1997 Interpol Malaysia, Royal Malaysia Police  

1995 Criminal Intelligence D4 (Car Theft Unit), Royal Malaysia Police  

1993 Head Of Investigation, Forfeiture of Property, Anti Narcotics Department
Royal Malaysia Police Headquarters, Kuching, Sarawak 


1991 Senior Investigating Officer, Narcotic Division Kuala Lumpur Police Headquarters.

1989 Deputy Officer In-charge Of Police District Narcotic Division, Brickfield Police District/

1980 Investigating /Operation and Intelligence Officer
Narcotic Division, Kuala Lumpur Police.


2018 Association of Dato Dato Perlis

2018 Member of Retired Senior Police Officers‘ Ass. (RESPA)

2002 Institution of Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management Malaysia (I.M.D.E.E.M.) 

1980 Malaysian Counselling Association

1980 Persatuan Anak Anak Perlis

1979  Police Coop

2001 Ahli Mangku Negara  (AMN) DYMM Yang Di Pertuan Agong

2002 Pingat Pekerti Terpiih  (PPT) DYMM Raja Perlis

2008 Ahli Mahkota Perlis  (AMP) DYMM Raja Perlis

2016 Pingat Setia Pasukan Polis (PSPP) Yang Di Pertuan Agong
Pingat Pahlawan Pasukan Polis (PPPP)
Inspector General Tan Sri Dato Sri Mohd Fuzi Harun
Inspector General of Police

2018 Darjah Panglima Sirajudin Jamalulial. DYMM Raja Perlis (Carry the title DATO)


Lim Su May

Senior Advisor

Su May joined Likearisingsun Group of companies as Senior Advisor to support cross-border transactions between Japan and Malaysia.

Prior to this, Su May was appointed by Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia”) as Executive Vice President, Listing Development back in June 2019. She was responsible to enhance the fundraising ecosystem, making it a conducive platform for IPO aspirants and public listed companies to raise the funding required via capital market solutions. During her tenure there, Su May promoted both primary and secondary listings & fund-raising activities on Bursa Malaysia and the Labuan International Financial Exchange.


Prior to joining Bursa Malaysia, Su May was heading the Investment Banking Department at MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad where she was responsible to help the Bank to diversify and grow its business in investment banking via debt capital markets products, securitization, project finance, export credit agency financing solutions as well as identifying opportunities of mergers and acquisitions targets to buy-side investors from Japan. 


Su May began her career in investment banking in 1997 and brings with her more than 20 years of investment banking experience having served in senior positions in several Malaysian top financial institutions.   


Su May holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics), First Class Honours majoring in Economics and Management Studies from University of London.

1997 Perdana Merchant Bankers Berhad

Executive, Corporate Finance

2000 Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad

(currently CIMB Investment Bank Berhad)

Manager, Equity Capital Markets

2004 RHB Sakura Merchant Bankers Berhad

(currently known as RHB Investment Bank Berhad)

Assistant Vice President, Investment Banking Group

2005 Unicorn International Islamic Bank Malaysia Bhd
(last known as Alkhair International Islamic Bank Bhd)
Head, Strategic Planning & Direct Investments
2009 Ascendo Group Sdn Bhd


2011 Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia) Berhad
(currently MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad)
Vice President, Head of Investment Banking Department
2019 Bursa Malaysia Berhad
Executive Vice President, Listing Development
2022 SCS Global Advisory (M) Sdn Bhd
Director, Corporate Advisory and M&A
2022 KYM Holdings Bhd 
Chief Investment Officer
2023 Likearisingsun Group of companies
Senior Advisor

2022 Inter-Pacific Asset Management Sdn Bhd

Independent Non-Executive Director

2022 Inter-Pacific Securities Sdn Bhd

Independent Non-Executive Director

2022 (Present) Aurora Italia International Berhad 

Independent Non-Executive Director

2022 (Present) SSF Home Group Berhad

Independent Non-Executive Director



After Ritsumeikan University (Faculty of Law), She worked for an engineering company in general affairs, in-house training, and creation of CAD drawings for power plant. Later, she obtained a qualification as a clinical artist at Kyoto University of Arts (coursework) and worked in children’s painting classes, at a general hospital, and as an advisor for children’s English teaching materials. She has experience of living in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Damanhur(Egypt). Since joining LIKEARISINGSUN in 2019, she has been involved in a wide range of activities including company formation support, visa acquisition, setup support, documentation and sales activities, and management of internship students.
  • “M&A trend of Japanese companies in Malaysia” (LIKEARISINGSUN, June 2020)

Yukihisa Unoko

Senior Adviser

Yukihisa joined Recruit Co., Ltd., the largest HR company in Japan in 1987 and has been consistently involved in new business start-ups for 16 years. He was involved in the launch of “Hot Pepper” (Japan nationwide free town information magazine) in the Kobe and Osaka areas, and as the first editor-in-chief of each region, he also appeared as a commentator on local TV and radio programs.

Since he moved to Malaysia in 2003, he has also worked as Managing Director at Sakura Recruit(Founder CEO) and Unlock Asia (COO) for the past 18 years, and through his recruiting and business consulting businesses, he has supported local Japanese companies in building their human resources and organizations, and in attracting and establishing new companies from Japan. In 2013, he was featured in the Asahi Newspaper’s Sunday edition (GLOBE), and on the NHK-BS1 television program “Global Debate WISDOM,” where he shared his background on “Japanese youth moving to Asia” with Ian Bremmer and Noriko Hama. In 2014, he was introduced as one of the “100 Japanese people who won in Asia” in “AERA magazine”.


Martin Liau

IT Consultant

Martin holds a Degree in Law (LL.B.) from Northumbria University, UK. His drive lies behind all things tech, with a deep focus on cybersecurity. Organized the “LexTech Conference 2017” and “LexTech Conference 2018”, Southeast Asia’s first ever legal technology conference, for 2 consecutive years. He was the lead IT officer for multiple organizations, including Malaysian law firms GLT Law and Lee & Poh Partnership. Co-founder of digital company secretary platform MISHU. Joined LIKEARISINGSUN in 2021 to be an IT security expert. He is in charge of IT for the entire group and also supporting our clients for the establishment of IT security systems.

  • Monthly LIKEARISINGSUN Newsletter


Chief Admin Officer cum Senior Consultant
After graduating from Kyushu University with a degree in Economics, Shiori worked in corporate sales division at Mizuho Bank. After staying in Singapore through a work holiday program, she came to Malaysia in 2013. She was involved in store operations and financial management as a director of a company that operated indoor kids playgrounds. She also participated in the launch of a water park business at the same company. After taking maternity and childcare leave, she joined a Japanese retail support company as Finance Manager and experienced Malaysian accounting practices. She joined LIKEARISINGSUN in 2022, utilizing her experience in management and financial operations in Malaysia. She is not only responsible for general affairs, human resources, and accounting related matters in our group, but is also deeply involved in M&A related transactions and various consulting projects.

Seira Tomita

Attorney-at-law in Japan

After graduating from Hitotsubashi University School of Law (Juris Doctor) in 2017, Seira worked in a legal department of a major Japanese manufacturer listed on the prime section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, where she was engaged in contractual and compliance legal affairs and shareholder meeting-related matters. With a desire to further her expertise as a legal professional, she passed the bar exam while still employed, began her legal training in 2021, and registered as a lawyer in April 2022. She Joined LIKEARISINGSUN in May 2022 and came to Malaysia. She is providing a wide range of support for Japanese companies’ activities in Malaysia, focusing on legal support. She was a member of the dance club in junior high and high school. Graduated from Chuo University Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Tokyo Bar Association.


Yuji Abiko

Head of Department (Finance & Consulting)
After graduating from Yamagata University with a degree in Regional Education, he joined an accounting consulting firm and was stationed in Shanghai, China, where he was engaged in supporting corporate operations of Japanese companies, accounting and financial advisory services, and consulting services. As in Shanghai, China, he had engaged in supporting Japanese companies entering the Malaysian market and providing general support for corporate operations including accounting, human resources, and legal affairs after the entry into Malaysia. With his experience in management and corporate support in Malaysia, he joined LIKEARISINGSUN in 2022. He is mainly engaged in the management of projects for expansion into Malaysia and new business development.

Alice Wong

Finance & Admin Manager

After graduating from University Tunku Abdul Rahman with a degree in Accounting, Alice started her career journey in an audit firm where she was engaged in supporting clients from various industries in providing them with the necessary accounting, audit and tax services. After 5 years, Alice moved on to join an accounting shared service center for an international shipping company as an accounting support team leader for local and foreign country shipping agencies. In the Year 2016, Alice joined another audit firm as an audit senior advisor. She joined LIKEARISINGSUN in Oct 2022, mainly focusing on accounting and human resources services with a passion to be engaged deeply in cross border M&A transaction.


Kyoko Nakata

Senior Consultant

After graduating from Rikkio University with a degree of Sociology, Kyoko started her career in 2013 at one of Japanese Sogo-Shosha that is a trading and investing company. She was engaged in accounting and worked as a Personal Assistant of COO for 5 years under a department doing domestic and international investment and business turnaround. After that she was transferred to HR, and made an effort to infuse with a management policies in employees, and she was mainly involved in planning and operation of internal rules such as evaluation & personnel system, benefit programs, and promotion of women’s social advancement. After working for that company for about 8 years, she came to Malaysia in 2021.


She joined LIKEARISINGSUN in 2022, and she is mainly responsible for M&A origination. Now she is committed to support cross-border transactions to become a bridge between Japan and Malaysia.

– Serial biweekly article regarding M&A in Malaysia (Present)


Yu Mitsui

Senior Consultant

After graduating from Tokyo University of Agriculture with a degree in Agribusiness Management, Yu started his career at a renting scaffolding company of construction equipment as a Sales representative. After twelve years, he was assigned to the renting business in Malaysia as the MD. Through this, he had experienced a wide range of matters including, incorporation, marketing, planning strategy, acquisition of licenses, labor management, new business development, dispute resolution, and liquidation due to the pandemic.


He joined LIKEARISINGSUN in 2022, he is involved in Sales and general support for corporate operations. He aims to make proposals that can solve the business challenges given by every company.


Eriko Hakoki


After graduating from university, she joined a major recruitment services company in 2005. After spending five years in staffing sales, she moved to Singapore, transitioning to a role in a recruitment agency. In 2012, she transferred to the Malaysia entity of the same company, where she took on the position of Business Development Manager, supporting the recruitment activities of a diverse range of Japanese companies. In 2022, she joined Likearisingsun, drawing on her extensive experience and insights into Malaysia’s employment market. Her aim is to provide support in addressing the various challenges related to talent management and recruitment faced by each client.


Erika Hayashi

Vice President

Erika has wanted to work across countries ever since she was young, and she has deepened her language skill and cross-cultural understandings from many overseas experiences including one year study abroad programme at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and a short working experience in Sydney, Australia during the university period. After graduating from Waseda University faculty of law, she worked as legal assistant in one of the largest Japanese law firms, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and an international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo. In May 2019, she moved to Singapore and joined a local firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, which has extensive global network around the world. She assisted in launching and operating Japan desk together with Singapore local lawyers as paralegal, and established relationships with various Japanese companies by providing legal support in a wide range of cross-border deals.


She joined Likearisingsun from November 2023, and she aims to engage in Japanese businesses in Malaysia including M&A transactions by utilising her business experiences and insights gained from Singapore, a major ASEAN economic hub.