Yoshie Midorikawa

Yoshie Midorikawa is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Yoshie directly using the contact details listed above.

Yoshie has extensive experience in complex disputes and arbitration under the rules of the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, and ICSID. Having worked with leading law firms in Japan and Singapore, she has handled parallel proceedings across multiple jurisdictions as well as commercial disputes before Japanese courts.

Yoshie Midorikawa has also served as a board member of listed companies in Japan, improving their corporate governance. Her deep understanding of the civil law system, her working experience in international environments, including common law jurisdictions, and her knowledge of business, enable her to bring practical and nuanced legal solutions to international commercial disputes. She is listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of SHAC, among the “Best Lawyers in Japan 2022 (Litigation)” and “Best Lawyers in Japan 2021 (Litigation)” by Best Lawyers.

Firm Overview:

Yoshie is a founding partner at Miura & Partner. Our aim was to create a new platform for innovative and business-minded professionals in 2019. Ever since, our team has been handling various cutting-edge cases in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Competition, Disputes, Investigations, Intellectual Property, and Employment.

Thanks to longstanding support from our clients and friends, Asian Legal Business has listed Miura & Partners as one of the FAST 30: Asia’s fast-growing firms in 2021.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Yoshie Midorikawa and Miura & Partners in Japan (streetinsider.com)

Gen Takahashi

Gen Takahashi is our exclusively recommended Cross-Border M&A Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gen directly using the contact details listed above.

Gen handles a variety of corporate matters with a particular focus on cross-border M&A transactions involving Japanese entities. He provides thorough and practical legal advice based on his experience of working in Singapore and Australia, as well as at the M&A division of a major securities firm in Japan. His other major areas of practice encompass domestic M&A deals including public deals, general corporate, anti-trust and commercial contracts. He also regularly advises on labour and dispute resolution matters for domestic and overseas clients.

Firm Overview:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

Michihiro Mori

Michihiro Mori is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michihiro directly using the contact details listed above.

Michihiro, the representative of the firm, is a former partner at Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest law firm. He is a leading lawyer in the area of commercial litigation and insolvency laws as well as that of labour / employment law.  Before joining Nishimura & Asahi in 2005, Mr. Mori served as a judge for ten years, including an assignment as a staff attorney at the Civil Affairs Bureau of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Court, where he was in charge of insolvency law reform. As a judge he handled hundreds of the civil and commercial cases.

Michihiro also belonged to a special division of labour disputes for two years. Based on such experience, Mr. Mori has extensive knowledge on civil / commercial litigation and labour disputes as well as insolvency. He received an LL.B. from The University of Tokyo, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Major Achievements:

  • Provisional disposition of suspension of an issuance of new shares worth 140 billion yen [issuing company side]
  • Provisional disposition to suspend the issuance of new shares by a listed company [petitioner side]
  • Tort claim litigation against a stock exchange by securities company, in which our side won over ten billion yen
  • Enforcement of more than 140-billion-yen claim
  • A lawsuit which relates to ownership of 70-billion-yen claim
  • Tax litigation worth 10 billion yen
  • Claims for indemnification based on breach of representations and warranties worth several billion yen
  • International Arbitration worth multi-billion yen
  • Avoidance lawsuits for several billion yen [as a trustee in a corporate reorganization case]
  • Lawsuits on rent increase/decrease for hotel, office building and other type of real estates
  • A major patent infringement case dealt by grand panel of Intellectual Property High Court (Tokyo High Court)
  • Lawsuits seeking prohibition order against competitive conduct
  • Claims for an injunction against infringement of trade secrets and claims for damages under the Unfair Competition Prevention Law
  • Litigation representing a corporation against injunction petition by Qualified Consumer Organizations
  • Litigation for revocation of decision concerning disposition of non-permission for establishment of industrial waste disposal facilities
  • Petition for request of Re-examination of the Assessment and Disposition of Special Premiums by Pension Funds

Firm Overview:

AI-EI law firm was established by Michihiro Mori with some attorneys mainly from Nishimura & Asahi.

The office has expertise in dispute resolution, especially civil and commercial litigation, as well as labour / employment matters.

Kei Matsumoto

Kei Matsumoto is our exclusively recommended Brand Enforcement expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kei directly using the contact details listed above.

Kei is a member of the Firm’s IP Tech group in Tokyo. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked in the patent litigation division of a major United States law firm, where he handled patent litigation involving Japanese companies and other litigation in the United States. Kei also has considerable experience in dispute resolution cases inside and outside the courts as well as corporate/Mergers and acquisitions related cases. Kei is a native Japanese speaker and is fluent in English.

Kei Matsumoto primarily handles intellectual property transactions and domestic and international patent disputes. He provides overall legal advice on the protection of intellectual property, contents of contracts and other related issues to Japanese companies establishing operations overseas as well as clients in IT industry. He also handles M&A related work and a variety of dispute resolution cases. Recently, Kei focuses on practices related to the Long-Term Care Insurance Act and other social security issues.

Office Overview:

Our Japan office advises clients on some of the most significant transactions in the Asia-Pacific market, including Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s USD 5.7 billion acquisition of Protective Life Corporation and Gestamp Solar’s project financing for construction of a 31.6 MW photovoltaic project in Ibaraki Prefecture – the largest solar financing provided to a foreign sponsor in Japan.

Mikio Tanaka

Mikio Tanaka is our exclusively recommended Cross-Border Transaction Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mikio directly using the contact details listed above.

Mikio is a cross-border corporate Partner at City-Yuwa Partners in Tokyo. He has extensive professional experience in advising global and domestic companies across many industries, including medical devices, healthcare, automobile, machinery, electronics, chemical, food, fashion, jewellery, air and surface transports, and clean energy. His area of practice encompasses M&A and other commercial/corporate transactions, joint venture, license agreement, formation and termination of distribution networks, and representation of companies in various commercial disputes.

Mikio has spent 15 years in Europe mostly in Germany and has working experience at a leading German law firm in Frankfurt a.M. after he completed his post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He leads the firm’s German practice team which consists of tri-lingual (JP/EN/DE) Japan-qualified lawyers, which is quite unique in Japan where language barrier is very high.  He is a tri-lingual lawyer fluent in English, German and Japanese, and also speaks basic Russian.

He is the regular author of articles on latest developments in Japanese law for the magazines of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan since 2008, and gave lectures on Japanese business law at Hitotsubashi, Marburg and Augsburg Universities.

Mikio fulfills his social responsibility by his commitment to the Bars – He is the vice-chairperson of the international committees of the national and of local bars.

Firm Overview:

The Tokyo-based City-Yuwa Partners is one of the leading full-service business law firms in Japan. Its area of practice includes corporate and commercial, many types of M&As, distribution, finance and banking, insurance, real estates, insolvency and restructuring, litigation and arbitration, IP/IT, labor and employment, anti-trust and competition, energy, data protection, compliance and economic crime.

City-Yuwa Partners has also a very strong and big litigation team and has successfully represented one of the top electric power companies in Japan in a largest series of disputes in Japanese judicial history.

The Firm is also practicing in the area of maritime and ship finance – One of the Partners of City-Yuwa is the only Japanese lawyer who is also qualified to practice Marshall Islands law.

Masahito Amano

Masahito Amano is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Masahito directly using the contact details listed above.

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Masuda & Partners Law Office was established in February 2008 under the leadership of experienced and forward-thinking Japanese lawyer, Eiji Masuda, with the able assistance of his colleagues.

From the start our firm has committed to offering the highest quality legal services possible, in a sophisticated and timely manner, so as to meet our clients’ ‘true’ needs, given the ever growing expectations for lawyers in today’s rapidly and greatly changing globalized world.

Firm Overview:

The firm aims to establish a powerful structure of optimum size and offers the most efficient and effective legal options for our clients, while ensuring that all members of our firm can trust and collaborate very closely with one another.

The firm has the support of many clients, colleagues and friends that share Masuda & Partners’ sense of commitment and vision. With that support, our firm is advancing its mission and continues to develop in order to make our clientele’s goals a reality.