Mikio Tanaka

  • Partner
  • Admitted, 1989, Japan
  • E-mail: mikio.tanaka@city-yuwa.com
  • Languages: Japanese (native), English (fluent), German (fluent)
  • Practice Areas
  • Professional Background / Education
  • Publications / Presentations
  • Professional Activities / Accolades

Practice Areas

Mikio Tanaka has extensive professional experience in advising global and domestic companies across many industries, including medical devices, healthcare, automobile, machinery, electronics, chemical, food, fashion, jewelry, air and surface transports, and clean energy.

Mr. Tanaka’s area of practice encompasses a full spectrum of commercial and corporate matters, including M&A, joint venture, license agreement, formation and termination of distribution networks, and representation of companies in various commercial disputes with a focus on optimizing the opportunity for a resolution that best serves the client's interests.

Mr. Tanaka has a long legal experience working in Europe, and has the varied experience needed to provide practical day-to-day advice geared to assisting foreign entities and their Japanese subsidiaries doing business in Japan navigate a variety of niches unique to Japanese law, including contractual and labor problems, and he can offer added value by drawing upon his insights on European and Japanese customs and business practices to effectively counsel European clients.

Mr. Tanaka leads the firm’s German Practice and is a tri-lingual lawyer fluent in English, German and Japanese. He also speaks basic Russian.

General Corporate Corporate Governance / Shareholders Meeting Renewable Energy Mergers and Acquisitions Arbitration, Mediation and other ADRs License Agreement / Technology Transfer Agreement General Consultations on Personnel and Labor Matters Cross-Border Transactions Foreign Direct Investment Cross-border Dispute Resolutions Germany Compliance and Internal Control White Collar Crime and Crisis Management

Professional Background / Education

Professional Background

1989-1994
Braun Moriya Hoashi & Kubota, Tokyo
1994
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Brussels (stagiaire)
1994-2001
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt a.M.
1998-1999
Lecturer of Japanese Law, University of Marburg (Hesse/Germany)
2001-2004
White & Case, Tokyo
2004 to Present
Partner at City-Yuwa Partners

Education

1987
Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo (LL.B.)
1989
Legal Training and Research Institute
1993
University of Cambridge, UK (Diploma in International Law)

Publications / Presentations

- Speeches -

  • Made a presentation at the session "Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Russia" at the symposium "Frontline of Russian Law Practice" jointly held by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation, and co-hosted by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA) and Lawyers Network for Foreigners (LNF). (October 11, 2016)
  • Participated a panel titled "Lost in translation 3- The Impact of National Culture on Negotiating Tactics and Styles" at the annual meeting of the International Bar Association in Washington D.C. (September 20, 2016)
  • Made a lecture on "Neue Entwicklungen im japanischen Recht der erneuerbaren Energien (the latest development of the renewable energy law in Japan)" at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (May 20, 2014)
  • Made a lecture titled "Rechtliche Probleme als Folge von Erdbeben, Tsunami und beschädigten Atomkraftwerken vom 11. März 2011 (The Legal Problems caused by the Earthquake, Tsunami and the Nuclear Power Plant Accident on March 11, 2011)" at symposiums by the Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung e.V. (German-Japanese Association of Jurists) in Düsseldorf and together with the Hamburg Bar Association in Hamburg. (August 27-28, 2012)
  • Delivered a key note speech titled "Neuer Rechtlicher Rahmen für den Atomschadensersatz nach Fukushima I (The New Legal Framework on the Atomic Damage Claim after Fukushima I)" at a symposium jointly hosted by the Frankfurt Bar Association and the First Tokyo Bar Association, held in Frankfurt am Main. (August 23, 2012)
  • Made a presentation titled "Rechtliche Probleme als Folge der Erdbebenkatastrophe und des Super-GAUs vom 11. März 2011 (Legal Problems Triggered by the Huge Earthquake and the Severe Accident on March 11, 2011)" at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (the German Society on Natural History and Ethnology in East Asia) (May 16, 2012)
  • Held a speech on "Rechtstransfer und globaler Wettbewerb zwischen Rechtssystemen (Transfer of Law and Competition Between Legal Systems)" at a legal symposium "Rechtstransfer in Japan und Deutschland (Transfer of Law in Japan and Germany)" commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Japanese-German friendship, co-held by the Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung (German-Japanese Association of Jurists), Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation), Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service), Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin (Japanese-German Center Berlin), and the Keio University (November 3, 2011)
  • Co-Chairperson at Working Group "The Rule of Law and the Economy" at G8 Experts Conference of the Rule of Law, hosted by the German Federal Government in Berlin (November 30, 2007)

- Publications in Japanese -

  • "Distribution Law in Europe" (in "Nikkei Business", May 2009)
  • "Conflict Recurring Areas of Law in German-Japanese Transactions" (the monthly web magazine of German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, July 2008)
  • "License Agreement with a Russian Undertaking" (Seirin Shoin, April 2007)
  • "German/Japanese Comparison of Lawyers and Legal Markets" (Japan Federation of Bar Associations, May 2003)
  • "The EU Consumer Sales Directive and its Impact on German Law in comparison with Japanese law" (May 2002 issue of "Euro Trend, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)")
  • "German-Japanese Legal Practice" (in "The Monthly Judicial Reform", October 2000)
  • "European Currency Union and Implications on Trade" (in "NBL", June 1998)

- Publication in English -

  • "Multi-National Legal Privilege Survey - Japan" (International Association of Defense Counsel, January 2008)

- Publications in German -

GCCIJ Article Series (2017)

GCCIJ Article Series (2016)

GCCIJ Article Series (2015)

GCCIJ Article Series (2014)

GCCIJ Article Series (2013)

GCCIJ Article Series (2012)

GCCIJ Article Series (2011)

GCCIJ Article Series (2010)

GCCIJ Article Series (2009)

GCCIJ Article Series (2008)

GCCIJ Article (2005-2008)

Professional Activities / Accolades

Japan Federation of Bar Associations, International Committee
Vice-Chairperson of the International Committee of the First Tokyo Bar Association, Chair of Working Group for Germany
Secretary General of the Japanese-Russian Lawyers' Association/Ассоциация Юристов Японии и России
DJJV-Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung e.V. / German-Japanese Association of Jurists
International Association of Defense Counsel, International Committee
Inter-Pacific Bar Association
Board member of the Asian Society of International Law, the Japan Chapter (2013)
World Law Group, Asian Regional Director (2010-2012)
Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Legal Committee (2002)
Registered foreign lawyer in Germany (1997-2002)

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