Akihiro Terai

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

Akihiro is a partner at Midosuji LPC. He is an Attorney-at Law admitted in Japan and New York. His practice focuses on commercial transactions, corporate governance and compliance. He also has considerable experience on and expertise in dispute resolution, antitrust and competition law, and restructuring and bankruptcy. He has handled various competition law cases, including international cartel investigations and merger controls regarding cross-border M&A. In addition to provision of general corporate and commercial advice, his practice in the field of corporate governance and compliance covers specific legal issues such as those of FCPA and GDPR. He has also handled a variety of dispute resolutions including actions for damages under the Montreal Convention 1999 on behalf of overseas airlines. Further, he has served for many years as a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the bankruptcy court in Japan.

Practice Areas:

  • Corporate Business Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration, Conciliation)

Admissions:

  • New York – United States (2011)
  • Japan (2003)

Education:

  • The University of Michigan Law School (LLM, 2010)
  • Legal Research & Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan (2003)
  • Keio University (LLB, 2001)

Languages:

  • Japanese
  • English

Firm Overview:

Midosuji LPC is a leading law firm established in 1963 and it currently has multiple offices in Osaka, Tokyo and Hiroshima. Midosuji has worked for a wide variety of corporations, and its practice covers a wide range of legal areas from general corporate matters to more complicated and specialised fields, as follows:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Construction and Real Estate
  • Labour and Employment
  • Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Inheritance and Business Succession
  • Intellectual Property
  • Crisis Management
  • Criminal/Corporate Crime Cases
  • Tax
  • Tourism
  • International Practice
  • PFI and PPP Projects
  • Healthcare and Life Science
  • Start-Ups
  • Digital Technology
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Personal Information and Privacy

Shunsuke Inoue

Shunsuke Inoue is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Shunsuke directly using the contact details listed above.

Shunsuke is a partner at Hibiya-Nakata with extensive experience and expertise in competition law, merger filings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate governance, regulatory compliance. Shunsuke has advised many major global companies, banks, funds as well as small tech start-ups. Prior to joining Hibiya-Nakata, Shunsuke worked at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Areas of Practice:

  • Competition Law
  • Merger Filings
  • M&A
  • Corporate Governance
  • Regulatory Compliance

Firm Overview:

Hibiya-Nakata is a new type of law firm founded by Nobuo Nakata in 2012 to respond to the new market trend and demands. Hibiya-Nakata is a small M&A boutique law firm with global network and international standard of practice and quality. Mr. Nakata had participated in the global management of the corporate practice of Allen & Overy as a board member of the Global Corporate Board, and had established and led the M&A practice in Tokyo Office. Making use of all these experiences, Mr. Nakata started Hibiya-Nakata in such unique setup.

Hibiya-Nakata specialises in advising Japanese companies on their Japanese out-bound M&A transactions and international companies on their Japanese in-bound M&A transactions with close cooperation with affiliated foreign local firms in plural global networks, which cover more than 100 countries worldwide. Our selected small number of Japanese Bengoshi team manages the overall transaction by effectively collaborating with excellent foreign local team fully in accordance with the client’s strategic plan and intention. As a result, the client could enjoy the most efficient and smooth execution of the transaction as if he were moving his own arms and legs. Hibiya-Nakata is highly recognised by International media including Chambers, The Legal 500, ALB, IFLR1000 etc.

Junko Suetomi

Junko Suetomi is our exclusively recommended International Trade Law expert in Tokyo on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Junko directly using the contact details listed above.

Junko Suetomi is a partner in Baker McKenzie Tokyo. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked in the WTO Dispute Settlement Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Economic Bureau. She has also worked for a global law firm in Washington, DC and New York, and served as a court-appointed defense attorney in many criminal cases.

Junko is recognized as a leading lawyer by Marquis Who’s Who, Asia Business Law Journal, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, Nikkei News Paper, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and other legal directories. She was the Chair from 2019 to 2021 and now is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association and a part-time lecturer at Waseda University.

She was a legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance Japan’s Office of Trade Remedy Affairs, Tariff Policy and Legal Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau from 2016 to 2019. She has served as a Bar Examiner of the Ministry of Justice since November 2020. She has served as an expert member of the Ministry’s Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and Other Transactions since 13 March 2019. She has served as an expert member of the Financial Services Agency’s Financial System Council, Fund Settlement System Working Group since October 11, 2021. She also holds a Certificate in Business Analytics from the Harvard Business Analytics Program (March 2021).

Practice Focus

Junko focuses her practice on commercial and trade laws and regulations, WTO dispute settlement, civil and criminal litigation, antitrust law, bankruptcy law and general corporate law. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues involving trade remedy matters such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and import restrictions. She also advises on customs matters, classification and valuation issues, export control and sanctions, tariff treatment, FTA/EPA applications, public procurement, and handles antitrust compliance programs for clients.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tokyo Bar Association – Member
  • New York State Bar Association – Member
  • Japan Association of International Economic Law – Member

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2006)
  • Japan (2000)

Education

  • Cornell Law School (LLM)
  • New York University School of Law (LLM)
  • Legal Research & Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan
  • The University of Tokyo (LLB)
  • Kyushu University, Japan (LLB)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Firm Overview:

Baker McKenzie brings insight and foresight to clients across more than 70 global offices. Our team of 13,000 people, including over 6,500 lawyers, works alongside our clients to drive growth that is both sustainable – and inclusive.

The global business community is more interconnected than ever before. Opportunities and risks spill across different markets, sectors and areas of law, so a connected perspective is essential in delivering business objectives while mitigating risk. Our integrated client solutions provide seamless advice, underpinned by deep practice and sector expertise, as well as first-rate local market knowledge.

Integrated legal solutions to complex business challenges. The global business community is more interconnected than ever before. Opportunities and risks spill across different markets, sectors and areas of law. A connected perspective is essential in delivering business objectives while mitigating risk. Our integrated client solutions provide seamless advice underpinned by deep practice, sector expertise, and first-rate local market knowledge. Armed with Baker McKenzie’s insight and foresight, business leaders can feel confident driving sustainable – and inclusive growth.

Full legal services in the following areas:

• Antitrust & Competition
• Banking & Finance
• Capital Markets
• Compliance & Investigations
• Dispute Resolution
• Employment & Compensation
• Environment & Climate Change
• Family Business Governance
• Fintech
• Healthcare & Life Sciences
• Information Technology
• Insurance
• Intellectual Property
• International Commercial & Trade
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Private Equity & Investment Funds
• Major Projects
• Real Estate, Hotel, Resort & Property Development
• Restructuring & Insolvency
• Sustainability
• Tax & Transfer Pricing
• Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Yukitsuna Takekoshi

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

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 and employment matters.

Providing Practical Strategies:

Our firm provides a practical strategy based on vast experience. Our goal is not just to give an “legally correct” advice but to achieve a best solution for the client.
We provide a best strategy to achieve such goal using extensive knowledge and wide variety of experience.

Flexibility to Resolve Problems:

With a wide variety of experience and achievement, including several litigations worth tens of billions of yen, debt collection of over 100 billion yen claim, some billions of M&A related disputes and so forth. We can propose several options to achieve goal, utilising not only litigation and other kinds of legal proceeding but also ADR and other kinds of methods outside of the court.

Flexible Fee Structure at The Level of Top Law Firm:

It sometimes happens that overmanning in large law firms leads to high cost. We utilise our limited resources effectively to ensure efficient processes, and can provide clients with flexible fee arrangements.

Responding to Cross-Border Cases:

We have several bilingual lawyers and staffs to handle international business. We have various experience including submission of expert opinion in foreign litigations and international arbitration cases.

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.