ServicesServices

Partner

  • Toshihiko Shimizu
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Any and all kind of corporate matters, finance transactions, real-estate transactions, and front-line cases of derivative disputes


Background
1980 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
1980 - 1990 Worked for a major trading company
1992 - 1998 Served as judge
1998 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2000 Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
Apr 2008 -
Mar 2014
Lecturer, Tokyo Metropolitan University Law School
2011 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Maki Kumagai
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

My major areas of practice are those listed below.  I aim to assist my clients with my expertise, as well as in other related fields.

[M&A Related]
Consultation on general M&A, MBO/going private, tender offer, internal corporate reorganizations, representation in claims for the repurchase of shares from the position of an investor, operations of the secretariat of the third-party committee from the position of an issuer, and M&A including development of proxy fights, etc.

[Investigations for Misconduct]
Consultation regarding investigations for misconduct within the corporation. Also has extensive experience in member of the third-party committee.

[Conflict Resolution]
Consultation regarding various lawsuits/non-contentious cases/provisional dispositions/enforcements, as well as other conflict resolutions overall, including corporation related lawsuits or lawsuits in relation to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, such as actions against officers or directors, derivative actions, lawsuits in relation to false statement of securities registration statement, etc.

[General Corporate Law]
Consultation for reviewing of contracts, research on various legal questions, reference to government administration offices, correspondence to labor issues (from the corporate side), fund procurement etc. Also provides advice on operation of shareholders meetings and board of directors.


Background
1997 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
2000 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2003 Worked for Internal Legal Affairs Bureau (former Treaties Bureau), Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a fixed-term public employee. Engaged in negotiations with foreign countries on economic partnership agreements.
2005 Resumed work as an attorney
2011 - Outside Director of Ichigo Group Holdings Co., Ltd.
Joined our firm
2012 - Outside Director of Ichigo Real Estate Investment Advisors Co., Ltd.
2013 Outside Director of Meiji-Machine Co., Ltd.
2014 - Outside Director of JAPAN BEST RESCUE SYSTEM Co., Ltd.

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Kazuhiro Kawamura
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Finance transactions (domestic, cross-border finance transactions, bank-related transactions, asset securitization etc.), banking, overall advice on financing, advice on any cross-border transactions


Background
1999 Waseda University (LL.B.)
2000 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2005 UCLA School of Law (LL.M.)
2005 -2006 Haynes and Boone, LLP (Dallas, U.S.A.)
2006 Admitted to the New York Bar
2006 - 2007 Hogan Lovells (London, U.K.)
2011 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daini Tokyo Bar Association

  • Makoto Nei
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

[Real estate, finance]
Legal advice on acquisition, sellout, leasing, management, development of real estate, setting up REITs and private placement funds, refinancing, exit strategy of funds, lawsuits relating to real estate, and advice on financing, bank transactions, registration of financial instruments business operator
[M&A related]
Various kinds of M&A including REIT M&A, intra-group restructuring, MBO/going private
[General corporate matters]
Advice on various transactions, introduction of “help-line” systems and related render services, forming an internal control and compliance system, operation of shareholders meetings, other general corporate matters
[Dispute resolutions]
Various kinds of lawsuits, non-contentious cases, provisional injunctions, executions and other kinds of dispute resolutions


Background
1993 Tokyo Gakugei University
1993 - 1995 Misawa Homes Co., Ltd.
1995 Obtained qualification for real-estate transaction specialist
2001 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2011 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Yusuke Nishioka
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Advice on operation of shareholders meetings and board of directors, M&A, MBO/going private, intra-group restructuring, introduction of measures against takeover bids, hostile takeover bids, proxy fights, derivative actions against officers or directors, injunctive actions against third party allotment of newly issued stocks or stock acquisition rights, exercise of appraisal rights of shareholders, investigation and handling of misconduct cases, arranging independent or third-party committees, introduction of “help-line” systems and related render services, forming an internal control and compliance system, advice on financing and any other general corporate matters


Background
2000 The University of Tokyo(LL.B.)
2004 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2011 Joined our firm
2012 Became Partner

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Satoshi Mizukawa
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

M&A (intra-group restructuring, MBO/going private, friendly/hostile), venture capital investment/venture backing, corporate governance/compliance, advice on operation of shareholders meetings and board of directors, introduction of “help-line” systems and related render services, risk management, misconduct cases, advice on dispute resolution including corporate and commercial disputes.


Background
2003 Osaka University(LL.B.)
2004 Admitted to the bar
2011 Joined our firm
2012 Became Partner

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Yusuke Takaya
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Corporate lawsuits, non-contentious cases, provisional injunctions, capitalization strategy, management control disputes, removal of officers, advice on operation of shareholders meetings and board of directors, forming an internal control and compliance system, investigation and handling of misconduct cases, arranging independent or third-party committees, appraisal remedy actions, TOB, MBO/going private, general M&A, financing, fund-related legal affairs, registration of financial instruments business operator and liaison with the authorities, defamation cases, real estate transactions, securitization of real estate, lawsuits/non-contentious cases relating to real estate, criminal complaint/accusation, labor issues, handling complainers, collection of debts


Background
2004 Nagoya University(LL.B.)
2007 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2011 Joined our firm
2012 Outside Auditor of UNIMAT Retirement Community Co., Ltd. (JASDAQ)
2015 Became Partner
2016 Outside Director of UNIMAT Retirement Community Co., Ltd. (JASDAQ)

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Shoichi Seino
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Corporate lawsuits, non-contentious cases, M&A, MBO/going private, intra-group restructuring, corporate governance, advice on operation of shareholders meetings and board of directors, arranging independent or third-party committees, introduction of measures against takeover bids, investigation and handling of misconduct cases, labor lawsuits/handling labor difficulties, securitization, general corporate matters


Background
2005 Kyoto University(LL.B.)
2007 Kyoto University Law School (J.D.)
2008 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association) and joined Ushijima & Partners
2011 Joined our firm
2015 Dispatched to investment bank division of leading securities company
2016 Returned to our firm
2017 Became Partner

Bar Association Membership

Daini Tokyo Bar Association

  • Yorinobu Muramatsu
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Lawsuits of various fields, non-contentious cases, provisional cases, labor cases, M&A, compliance, misconduct cases, and other general corporate matters including start-up companies and preparation for going public


Background
2003 Yashiro High School (Nagano Prefecture)
2007 Kyoto University(LL.B.)
2009 Kyoto University Law School (J.D.)
2010 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2010 STW & Partners
2013 Joined our firm
2019 Became Partner

Bar Association Membership

Daini Tokyo Bar Association

  • Marie Eguchi
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Banking, financial regulation acts, asset liquidation/securitization, asset management, M&A, real estate transaction, general corporate matters, litigation.


Background
2008 The University of Tokyo(LL.B.)
2010 The University of Tokyo Graduate School (J.D.)
2011 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2012 Atsumi & Sakai
2014 Joined our firm
2024 Outside Director / Audit and Supervisory Committee Member of Igarashi Electric Works Ltd.
2024 Became Partner

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

Of Counsel

  • Kozo Yanagida
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

Various kinds of civil lawsuits, filing appeals to higher court or the Supreme Court, interpretation of Code of Civil Procedure and other civil proceeding laws, dispute resolutions over issues on commercial and corporate registrations, dispute resolutions over issues on deposition proceedings, assisting the legislative process


Background
1970 The University of Tokyo(LL.B.)    
Entered The Legal Training and Research Institute affiliated to Supreme Court
1972 - Appointed as an assistant judge at Osaka District Court
Served at Civil Affairs Bureau, Supreme Court Secretariat
Served as judge at Tokyo District Court, etc.
1987 - Assigned to Ministry of Justice
Served as chief of Fourth Division (current Commercial Division) of Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Served as Counselor for Ministry of Justice Secretariat
Served as Councilor for Ministry of Justice Secretariat (in charge of Civil Affairs Bureau)
Contributed to the amendments of basic civil laws such as Commercial Code, Bankruptcy Act, etc. including service as a chief counselor for the amendment of the Code of Civil Procedure in 1996
Handled administrative services relating to commercial and corporate registrations, depositions, etc.
1997 - Served as judge at Tokyo High Court
Served as judge at Tokyo District Court (head of the division) and Yokohama District Court (head of the division)
2002 Served as chief judge of Nagano District and Family Court
2004 Served as judge at Osaka High Court (head of the division)
2006 Served as judge at Tokyo High Court (head of the division)
2010 Retired from service as a judge
2014 Admitted as an attorney (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)    
Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

Associate

  • Takahiko Kobayashi
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

M&A, MBO/going private, corporate takeover・defense against hostile takeover, proxy fights, dismissal of president, reorganization, corporate litigation/non-contentious cases, securities fraud, advice on operation of shareholders meetings and board of directors, copyright and other general corporate matters


Background
2008 Keio University(LL.B.)
2010 Keio University Law School (J.D.)
2011 Admitted to the bar (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
2012 Joined our firm
May 2023 University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (LL.M.) (Business Law Certificate)
September 2023 Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
  • Kohei Sugawara
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, arranging third-party committees, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits


Background
2013 Keio University (LL.B)
2016 Tokyo University Law School (J.D)
2017 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2018 Joined our firm
August 2023 University of California, Berkeley (LL.M.)
  • Naoto Okuzono
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, arranging third-party committees, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits


Background
2016 Kobe University(LL.B)
2018 Kobe University, Law School(J.D.)
2019 Admitted to the bar(Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2020 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Shin Yoshida
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, arranging third-party committees, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits


Background
2011 Kaisei Senior High School(Tokyo Prefecture)
2016 Hokkaido University(LL.B)
2018 Chuo University, Law School(J.D.)
2019 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2020 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Satoru Uda
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits, Bankruptcy, Business Revitalization


Background
2015 Shibuya Education Academy Makuhari Senior High School
2019 Passed the Preliminary bar exam
2020 Waseda University (LL.B)
2021 Passed the bar exam
2022 Admitted to the bar (Tokyo Bar Association)
2023 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Tokyo Bar Association

  • Mayu Oguri
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, arranging third-party committees, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits


Background
2016 Nagoya University (LL.B)
2016 Joined Nagoya City Hall
2021 Chuo University, Law School (J.D.)
2022 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2023 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Ayumu Kurihara
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, arranging third-party committees, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits


Background
2015 Chuo University Suginami High School
2019 Chuo University Department of Marketing and Trade
2021 Waseda University, Law School (J.D.)
2022 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2023 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association

  • Ryota Tasaka
  • Attorney Biography
Major Area of Practice

General corporate matters, corporate governance, internal control and compliance, risk management and handling of misconduct cases, M&A, lawsuits, insolvency, corporate rehabilitation


Background
2020 Kobe University, Faculty of Law
2022 Kobe University Law School
2023 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2024 Joined our firm

Bar Association Membership

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association