Chie Yakura > Morrison Foerster > Tokyo, Japan > Lawyer Profile

Morrison Foerster
TOKYO 100-6529

Work Department

IP Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Investigations




Chie has more than 20 years of experience representing both Japanese and non-Japanese corporations before Japanese courts in a wide range of litigation matters with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust/competition law and product liability, as well as complex cross-border commercial disputes. Chie has also led large-scale international investigations involving antitrust, anti-corruption, and other compliance matters. She has handled cases in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, consumer electronics, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, transportation, real estate, and manufacturing.





The Japan Federation of Bar Associations

The Japan Patent Attorneys Association

New York State Bar Association


Kyoto University, LL.B. (1999)

Columbia Law School, LL.M. (2005)

The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. (2006)

Bar Admissions: Japan (2000) and New York (2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Japan > Antitrust and competition: International firms and joint ventures

Morrison Foerster is sought after by leading domestic and international companies operating in a wide range of industries, including tech, automotive, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and logistics, to handle complex high-profile antitrust and competition matters. The group is regularly instructed on merger control fillings, administrative proceedings before competition authorities in Japan and abroad, regulatory investigations, and high-stakes litigation, including cases before the Supreme Court of Japan. Rony Gerrits, who focuses on global cartel cases and follow-on civil litigation, heads up the team. Merger control matters and investigations are the area of expertise of Tomohiko Kimura while Chie Yakura and Daiske Yoshida are recommended for cross-border litigation. Other key names are litigator Andrew Meyer and Takahiro Nonaka, who is a key contact for FCPA compliance and internal investigations.

Japan > Intellectual property: International firms and joint ventures

(Leading individuals: Bengoshi)

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The IP team at Morrison Foerster is prominent in a wide range of fields, most notably semiconductor, software, fintech, pharmaceuticals, and telecom, where it covers the full spectrum of IP work. Led by Louise Stoupe, Yuka Teraguchi, and Masato Hayakawa, the team is often instructed on high-profile patent infringement litigation and negotiations by leading Japanese and international companies. Stoupe’s practice focuses on representing large tech companies in complex commercial disputes while semiconductor, manufacturing, medical devices and software companies often turn to Teraguchi for assistance with IP litigation in both US and Japanese courts. Hayakawa is recommended for licensing deals, outsourcing programmes and IP matters relating to M&A. Other key names includes Max Olson, who is noted for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, Chie Yakura and Akira Irie.