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Lance Miller is DLA Piper's Country Managing Partner in Japan. He is an M&A, commercial and finance lawyer with over 30 years in private practice, of which, nearly 19 years have been in Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore. His principal areas of practice are cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and restructurings/workouts. His experience includes working with multinationals financial institutions and funds throughout Asia, Latin America and the US. He is widely recognised for his work in property development and hotels, power, manufacturing, retail sales, telecommunications, advertising and downstream petrochemicals.


Prior to joining DLA Piper in October 2005, he was the Southeast Asia Managing Partner for Coudert Brothers LLP in charge of Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.


English, French, Japanese.


New York State Bar Association, United States; The State Bar of California, United States; Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, Japan.


University of Southern California; J.D. (1980); University of California at Berkeley; B.A. (1976).

Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures

Within: Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures

Clients appreciate the 'knowledge and speedy judgement' in DLA Piper's corporate practice; the 'excellent and professional' lawyers consistently 'make things simpler' through their 'prompt and clear responses'. The 'highly reliable' Masahiko Ishida spearheads the practice and advised Ping An on its investment in medicine manufacturer Tsumura. He also assisted Avex Ventures with its investment in startup VR company Cluster, and acted for Asahi Shuzo in its first investment in the US. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of new energy head Dan Matsuda and corporate finance specialist Kaoru Umino from Jones Day. Office managing partner Lance Miller is also a key contact alongside client-recommended associate Shotaro Maruyama.

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures

Within: Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures

At DLA Piper the real estate lawyers 'are professional, hold a deep knowledge of the field and are fast in analysis situations' and 'the service is always excellent'. Hilton, Hyatt and Luxury Hotels recently benefited from Japan managing partner Lance Miller and real estate practice head Mitsuharu Kataoka's advice on the management of their hotels and franchise agreements in Japan. In other highlights, the group acted for Legoland in issues arising from construction agreements, equipment purchase and installation agreements, and ride contracts for its theme park in Nagoya. The team also collaborated with the tax, dispute resolution, employment and corporate departments on the formation of joint ventures, landlord disputes, and financing matters.

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Foreign desks

Within: Foreign desks

DLA Piper's Vietnam practice is closely integrated with its international offices and with partners familiar with the ASEAN region. Areas the firm advises on include finance, capital markets, real estate and all types of M&A deals. The firm advises well-known multi-national names in retail, trading, real estate, technology, life science, infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as investment fund sponsors and not-for-profits. Key names include the Tokyo-based Lance Miller, who is involved in major real estate and commercial transactions, and Joe Bauerschmidt, who is based in Singapore and advises on cross-border capital markets work, among other matters.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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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

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure

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    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.
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    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).
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    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).