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Atsumi & Sakai

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Ian Stanley Scott

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Atsumi & Sakai

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Sports, Media & Entertainment.


Partner (Sports law, Media & Entertainment law, International transaction).


Athlete/Volunteer/Member of the Board, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association (January 1989-June 1999) Lecturer at Bond University (September 1992-December 1994) Dunhill Madden Butler Lawyers (January 1995-June 1999) FIFA License, Federation International Football Association (June 1997-) Jones King Lawyers (July 1999-June 2000) Torch Bearer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (June 2000) Special Counsel, Dark Blue Sea (July 2000- June 2001) Advisor (FIFA World Cup 2002), Hyundai Sports International (August 2001- July 2002) Chief Manager International Business Affairs Asia, FC Bayern Munchen AG (July 2005-) International Football Advisor, Urawa Red Diamonds (September 2005- October 2010) Candidate for sports arbitrator and adjuster of the Japan Sports Arbitration Agency (JSAA) (March 2013-), World Rugby Consultant (Dec 2014- ), Representative Director of World Rugby Services 2019 Limited (Jan 2016- )*****[Award]:Best Lawyers 2013 "Best Lawyers" - Corporate and M&A*****[Publications]:"Playing it Safe - A guide to risk management for sport and recreation organizations", Office of Sport and Recreation (1998)


English and Japanese.


Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association, Sports law study group (Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association), Queensland Law Society, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Executive Councillor, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ)


Bond University, Sports Scholarship Awarded in January 1991 (B.A.,1994) Bond University, Queensland Australia (LLB., 1995).

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Legal Developments in Japan

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

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  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).