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.