International Legal Practice

We no longer live in a time when international legal practice is categorized as a specialized field. At present, most Japanese corporations have expanded their businesses overseas or, at least, have regular transactions with foreign companies. In addition, foreign investment into Japan by major multi-national corporations continues to increase. At Kitahama Partners as well, the previous boundaries between domestic and international matters continue to disappear, with an increasing number of our attorneys becoming licensed to practice in the United States or other foreign countries in addition to Japan, and handling cross-border legal matters on a daily basis. Our legal practice covers a wide range of countries, including matters involving North America, South America, Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Russia. In order to meet the specific needs of both our domestic and international clients, we have established specialized practice groups, which include highly skilled attorneys who have experience working and residing such geographic areas. Our firm also provides a wide range of international legal services, from commercial transactions, such as the import and export of commercial products, the drafting and negotiating of commercial agreements, and legal issues relating to the establishment of local corporations and factories, to M&A, large-scale financing, intellectual property transactions, technology transfers, antitrust matters, tax issues, and international disputes. In order to be able to provide such services in an effective and efficient manner, our firm continues to reinforce and expand our network and cooperative relationships with overseas law firms and also promote internationalization within our firm, thereby further establishing our firm as having one of the leading teams of international legal specialists in Japan.

SeminarsSeminar Archives

Nov. 05, 2017
Dispute Resolution in Asia Workshop 2017 (Lecture title “Launch of International Mediation Center in Japan”)(Masafumi Kodama)
Nov. 04, 2017
Dispute Resolution in Asia Workshop 2017 (Lecture title “Launch of International Mediation Center in Japan”)(Masafumi Kodama)
Sep. 25, 2017
The Judiciary- Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?(Masafumi Kodama)

PublicationsPublication Archives

Review of “Comparative Study Between the Japanese and Chinese Civil Procedure Law”(Kenko Shikichi, Shintaro Hino)
Drafting Effective Arbitration Clauses(Masafumi Kodama)
Civil Procedure Law of China ‘Provisions, Comparison between Japan and China, and Commentary of Essential Points’ (6)(Daisuke Sakai, Katsutoshi Ando, Shintaro Hino, Lihua Tang)

Newsletter/Law ReviewNewsletter/Law Review

Aug. 14, 2017
German Legislature Introduces a Pre-trial Discovery “Light” in Cartel Damage Proceedings
Mar. 31, 2017
Effectuation of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of India on Social Security(Daisuke Sakai, Yunosuke Hirano)
Mar. 21, 2017
Data Privacy Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations in the Philippines  No.2(Masataka Shitanishi, Jun Kawanami)

TopicsWhat's New

Sep. 14, 2017
Shintaro Hino and Lihua Tang gave a lecture entitled “Business Management Points for Tackling the Chinese Market - A Multifaceted Analysis Utilizing Case Studies of Chinese Subsidiary Management –“ sponsored by the Grant Thornton Japan.
Jun. 22, 2017
An article written by Kenko Shikichi and Shintaro Hino titled “Review of ‘Comparative Study Between the Japanese and Chinese Civil Procedure Law’” has been published in KOKUSAI SHOJI HOMU (International Business Law and Practice) (No. 6 of 2017) Vol. 45 No. 6 (Issue No. 660).
Dec. 27, 2016
An article written by Yasumasa Sakamoto, “The Impact of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) on Japan’s Laws and the Legal Profession”, has been published in the December edition of the OBA Monthly Journal.