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Atsumi & Sakai

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London, Tokyo

Emi Uchida

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Atsumi & Sakai

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Corporate (Labor and Employmemt), International Practice, Risk Management


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Emi Uchida started her career as lawyer in 2000 at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune where she had mainly handled various types of labor and employment matters for Japanese or in-bound multinatioal clients (October 2000-March 2014).  From 2014, she had worked for legal firms which are member firms of "big 4 accounting firms", EY Law Co. (April 2014-May2015) and DT Legal Japan (May 2015-July 2017).  In EY Law Co. and DT Legal Japan and again had advised to multinational clients in various labor and employment related matters or projects (including outbound M&As, Post-Merger-Integration projects, advices on labor laws and regulations in the US, Eropean countries or ASEAN countries) together with other professionals such as lawyers in foreign countries, certified public accountants, tax accountants and consultants. 
Her practice includes assisting foreign clients starting business in Japan (e.g. advice on visas, drafting work rules, codes of conduct, employee handbooks and employment contracts), assisting on HR policy reform regarding pensions or salaries (e.g. legal risk analysis, preparation of related documents, guidance on employee communication), advice on daily HR issues (e.g. work hour management issues, employees' mental health, sexual harassment, power harassment, maternity harassment, termination, disciplinary action), advice on HR related issues in M&A transactions or reorganization, assisting on PMI (Post Merger Integration) projects, advice to Japanese companies on management of their overseas subsidiaries (e.g. research on labor laws and regulations in foreign countries, advice on restructuring in factories in foreign countries), advice on correspondences with the Labor Standards Inspection offices and other labor authorities or labor unions, acting as a litigator for an employer (lawsuits, labor tribunals, provisional dispositions, unfair labor practices and out-of-court negotiations) and advice on employees' data privacy issues.


Japanese and English


Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association
Member of the Management Lawyers Council
Member of the Labor Legislation Committee of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association


Kyushu University (LL.B., 1997)
Kyushu University (LL.M., 1999)
The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan

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