Firm Profile > Ushijima & Partners > Tokyo, Japan

Ushijima & Partners
TOKYO 100-6114

Corporate and M&A: Independent local firms Tier 2

Advising Japanese entities, foreign corporations and international financial institutions, Ushijima & Partners’ expertise ranges from preventative legal practices and dispute resolution, to establishing companies and M&A. The firm has a particular strength in the defence against hostile takeovers. Notable in the team is Shin Ushijima, whose experience includes international transactions, contentious matters, anti-monopoly, labour and tax law. He co-leads the practice with Hiroshi Watanabe, who specialises in M&A transactions and dispute resolutions.

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‘The communication between the partners and associates is smooth and the information is well coordinated, so even when a partner is unavailable an associate attorney can step in and provide an appropriate response’

‘The associates have a high level of competence’

‘Rikisuke Yamanaka has a wealth of experience in M&A and other areas, and he provided us with the most appropriate opinions and policies based on past cases in response to our inquiries. He provided quick and appropriate responses’

‘Satoshi Yakushiji has a high level of knowledge and experience’

‘Despite the firm’s depth of expertise, its prices are more reasonable than other law firms, and their responses are not clerical so it is easier to engage them compared to other law firms’

Key clients

Oasis Management Company Ltd.

Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 2

The ‘powerful, professional and sophisticatedUshijima & Partners has broad international disputes expertise, combined with strengths in corporate, real estate, labour, tax and securities. The firm also has experience in software development and internet infringement matters. Shin Ushijima focuses on litigation and arbitration, including issues related to international transactions, M&A, system development and anti-monopoly law. He co-leads the team with Osamu Inoue, who specialises in real estate and construction cases.

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‘I am very impressed with Osamu Inoue that he is very careful in many ways and he never hesitates to call me at late night if it is very important and necessary. He is a reliable person’

‘The most important quality I see in the lawyers apart from the professional skills is reliability’

Key clients

Urban Renaissance Agency

Oasis Management Company Ltd.

Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 2

The ‘quick and reliableUshijima & Partners specialises in real estate transactions and real estate securitisation, as well as providing expertise in litigation regarding leases, land pollution and construction. Kohtaro Tamura leads the team and focuses on general real estate and real estate securitisation. Key names for the firm in the area include Osamu Inoue, whose strength lies in real estate matters and construction related transactions; Hiroki Awahara, who is experienced in real estate investment, finance transactions and regulations; and Masahiro Shiotani, who handles real estate transactions, particularly real estate securitisation and real estate financing transactions.

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‘Their response is very quick and supportive for matters we are not familiar with’

‘Hiroki Awahara is professional and very supportive’

‘Ushijima and Partners gave us the best advice and high technical knowledge’

‘The firm is one of the most reliable law offices which many eminent big companies in Japan trust’

‘The strengths of the firm’s practice is that the firm have excellent lawyers who have a lot of lawsuits knowledge and experiences about the real estate transaction in Japan and the fault of the real estate’

‘They offered good services to a client by a system which is very flexible and stable’

‘Inoue Osamu is an expert about the land pollution, the fault of the real estate and the law about the real estate transaction in Japan. He gave very accurate advice and has great experiences and knowledges about the real estate transaction in Japan’

Key clients

Urban Renaissance Agency

TMT: Independent local firms Tier 2

Ushijima & Partners’ clients include financial institutions, ICT companies, retail operators, service sector players, manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and sporting events organisations. The firm provides them with expertise in traditional IP laws, as well as in ICT technology, trends in practical operations and government policy. In addition, the practice is experienced in litigation related to ICT systems for financial institutions, issues pertaining to big data analysis and internet defamation cases. Data law expert Hiroyasu Kageshima leads the team and specialises in IT system development, personal data, internet service, fintech, data leakage and defamation matters.

Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 3

Specialising in employment litigation, negotiations and investigations, Ushijima & Partners proves expertise in complex employment matters for foreign and local clients. Rikisuke Yamanaka leads the team and handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues for multinational companies. Also notable are Shin Ushijima, who has international and domestic experience in labour law; special counsel Shinobu Yanagita, who advises on the protection of personal information and trade secrets; and associate Makiko Yageta, whose work includes the preparation and review of employment contracts, separation agreements, work rules, labour-management agreements and regulation.

Practice head(s):

The firm: Ushijima & Partners is a full-service law firm representing domestic and international clients in Japan and providing overseas legal services to Japanese clients both directly and through its international alliances, such as Multilaw, ELA and LAW. The firm was founded in 1985 by Shin Ushijima and currently numbers 52 attorneys.

The firm represents clients across a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, trading companies, manufacturers, system integration vendors, IT service providers, construction companies, real estate companies, broadcasters, telecommunications, entertainment, distributors, professional associations and public or quasi-public agencies. The firm also represents high-net-worth individuals in the areas of family business planning and trusts and estates.

The founding partner is a leading practitioner in general corporate matters, including compliance and corporate governance, and is often interviewed on TV and in the media. The firm has significant experience in M&A, representing corporations in both international and domestic M&A for either acquirers or targets and in the hostile takeover defence area. In fact, the firm was awarded ‘Corporate M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan’ by DealMakers Global Awards 2015 and ‘Best International Transactions Law – Japan’ by Acquisition International in its 2015 M&A Awards. The firm has long experience representing major domestic insurers and its founding and managing partner is an outside director of a major domestic insurer. The firm has an elite reputation for its deep knowledge and high level of practice in real estate and securitisation. The senior real estate partner is well known as a major pioneer and eminent practitioner in the securitisation of real property with wide knowledge of the relevant laws. The firm has expertise in intellectual property and technology including major disputes involving system development and integration. The firm has expertise in labour matters and has won precedent-setting victories in corporate restructuring for a major well known multinational company, and in injunctive relief to prevent the former president of a major well known multinational company from competing. The firm also has significant victories in soil contamination and construction litigation.

Some of the firm’s attorneys have served as high level prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice and the Public Security Intelligence Agency, as well as in-house general counsel, in international organisations, and as chairmen or advisors of numerous committees relating to REIT and real estate investment, including MLIT and the Ministry of Construction and the Japan Real Estate and Japan Economic Research Institute. Associate attorneys are regularly seconded to government agencies.

All of the firm’s Japanese attorneys are bilingual in Japanese and English, and its clients comprise roughly 50% domestic and 50% international. The firm has native English-speaking, US-admitted attorneys assisting in presentation and communication to clients.

Although a very large part of the firm’s practice is corporate, the firm has a strong reputation as top litigators in litigation and dispute resolution, including acting for major multinational companies with subsidiaries in Japan, and is often sought by clients aware of its reputation by word of mouth as the go-to litigation counsel in Japan.

Areas of practice: The firm is a full-service firm providing strategy, advice, negotiation, transactional work and dispute resolution for multinational and domestic companies under Japanese law (and through its relationships internationally) in the following areas, namely: corporate, including general corporate practice (both domestic and international); compliance/corporate governance; M&A; hostile takeover; labour/employment; tax; real estate; environmental law; financial regulations; finance/securitisation; insurance; restructuring/insolvency and corporate rehabilitation; risk management; antitrust; litigation (including international commercial litigation)/alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration); international transactions; international investment; antitrust; intellectual property (including patent, trade mark and copyright); entertainment; internet, media and technology; customs/trade; contracts; Asia practice; and international inheritance/international divorce.

Department Name Email Telephone
Compliance/corporate governance
Hostile takeover
Real estate
Financial regulations
Risk management
International transactions
International investment
Internet, media and technology
Intellectual property
System development
Personal information/utilization of personal data
Information management/cyber security
Asia practice
International inheritance/international divorce
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Steven A. Scheiner  photo Mr Steven A. Scheiner Foreign Legal Advisor
Ms Aiko Arai  photo Ms Aiko Arai Associate
Mr Tetsuya Araseki  photo Mr Tetsuya Araseki Of Counsel
Mr Hiroki Awahara  photo Mr Hiroki Awahara Partner
Mr Masaki Fujii  photo Mr Masaki Fujii Partner
Mr Naoki Hieda photo Mr Naoki Hieda Partner
Mr Toshitake Higashiyama  photo Mr Toshitake Higashiyama Partner
Ms Ayako Hishida  photo Ms Ayako Hishida Associate
Mr Masanori Inoue  photo Mr Masanori Inoue Partner
Mr Osamu Inoue  photo Mr Osamu Inoue Partner
Mr Tetsuya Ishida  photo Mr Tetsuya Ishida Associate
Mr Takuya Ishikawa  photo Mr Takuya Ishikawa Partner
Mr Yuya Ito  photo Mr Yuya Ito Associate
Mr Hiroyasu Kageshima  photo Mr Hiroyasu Kageshima Partner
Mr Yoshimoto Kawamura  photo Mr Yoshimoto Kawamura Partner
Mr Shigeo Kifuji  photo Mr Shigeo Kifuji Guest Counsel
Mr Mitsuya Kosaka  photo Mr Mitsuya Kosaka Associate
Mr Yuta Koyama  photo Mr Yuta Koyama Associate
Mr Motohiro Kuroki  photo Mr Motohiro Kuroki Partner
Ms Nao Makita  photo Ms Nao Makita Partner
Mr Kazuki Mitake  photo Mr Kazuki Mitake Associate
Mr Sohei Mitamura  photo Mr Sohei Mitamura Associate
Mr Hirotaro Momota  photo Mr Hirotaro Momota Associate
Mr Hiroshi Nagase  photo Mr Hiroshi Nagase Of Counsel
Mr Shota Ojima  photo Mr Shota Ojima Associate
Mr Takashi Osawa  photo Mr Takashi Osawa Associate
Mr Gregory R.Kinaga  photo Mr Gregory R.Kinaga Foreign Legal Advisor
Ms Keiko Saito  photo Ms Keiko Saito Associate
Mr Kenji Sarukura  photo Mr Kenji Sarukura Partner
Mr Naoshi Sato  photo Mr Naoshi Sato Special Counsel
Mr Kyohei Sekiguchi  photo Mr Kyohei Sekiguchi Associate
Mr Akito Sekine  photo Mr Akito Sekine Associate
Mr Masahiro Shiotani  photo Mr Masahiro Shiotani Partner
Mr Kohtaro Tamura  photo Mr Kohtaro Tamura Partner
Mr Masahiko Todo  photo Mr Masahiko Todo Partner
Ms Chihiro Tominaga  photo Ms Chihiro Tominaga Associate
Mr Kohei Tsuji  photo Mr Kohei Tsuji Associate
Mr Shin Ushijima  photo Mr Shin Ushijima Partner
Ms Miki Watanabe  photo Ms Miki Watanabe Associate
Mr Hiroshi Watanabe  photo Mr Hiroshi Watanabe Partner
Ms Makiko Yageta  photo Ms Makiko Yageta Associate
Mr Satoshi Yakushiji  photo Mr Satoshi Yakushiji Associate
Mr Rikisuke Yamanaka  photo Mr Rikisuke Yamanaka Partner
Mr Hiroyuki Yamauchi  photo Mr Hiroyuki Yamauchi Partner
Ms Shinobu Yanagita  photo Ms Shinobu Yanagita Special Counsel
Number of lawyers : 52
Employment Law Alliance
Lawyers' Associated Worldwide (LAW)
Contacts : Shin Ushijima (founding partner)

Urban Renaissance Agency/Muza Kawasaki Litigation
Successfully represented the lead defendant, Urban Renaissance Agency, in a case brought by a local government as the owner of a world-renowned symphony hall (Muza Kawasaki) for JPY 2 billion in damages against our client as the seller of the hall and seven of its designers and contractors when the ceiling of the symphony hall collapsed during the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The case involved highly technical construction defect claims for special construction of the elaborate 2,000 seat hall. On May 31, 2018, the Yokohama District Court rendered judgment entirely in favor of our client and the other defendants, and this victory was affirmed by the appeals court on November 7, 2019.