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 ResolutionsGermanyAsia Compliance and Internal Control White Collar Crime and Crisis Management

Professional Background / Education

Professional Background

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


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

Publications / Presentations

- Speeches -

  • Made a presentation on "Kurzer Überblick über COVID-19 in Japan und über den gesetzlichen Rahmen zur Begrenzung wirtschaftlicher Aktivitäten und wie sie sich auf das Management von Anwaltskanzleien ausgewirkt haben (Brief overview of COVID-19 in Japan and the legal framework of limiting economic activities and how they have affected the management of law firms)"(PDF) at the webinar "The Impact of COVID-19 on Law Firms and Legal Practice" jointly held by Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the German Federal Bar / Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer (February 4, 2021)
  • Made a presentation on "Einführung in das japanische Datenschutzgesetz – Geschichte von GSpI und Vergleich mit DSGVO – (History and Overview of the Personal Data Protection Law in Japan and Comparison with the GDPR)" at Frankfurt am Main Bar Association (August 30, 2019)
  • Lecturer on Japanese Corporate Act at the summer school on Japanese law at the University of Augsburg, Bavaria. (May 24, 2019)
  • Made a speech titled "Japanisches Recht „in a nutshell“" on important features of Japanese law that are most relevant to foreign investors at FORUM JAPAN - Freier Handel und Neue Geschäftschancen (free trade and new business chances) held by Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (Austrian Economic Chamber) in Vienna. (April 9, 2019)
  • Participated a panel titled "Lost in translation" at the annual meeting of the International Bar Association (IBA) held in Rome, organized by the Senior Lawyers’ Committee of the IBA (October 8, 2018)
  • Made a key-note speech on "Some Practical Problems in Enforcing Foreign Judicial Judgments in Japan – in comparison with arbitration" at the inauguration ceremony of the Sakhalin Branch of the Far Eastern Arm of the Russian Arbitration Center, held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the Russian Federation. (September 17, 2018)
  • Participated a panel titled "Protecting Investments and Creditors’ Rights in the Russian Far East: Strategic Changes (Защита привлеченных инвестиций и прав кредиторов на Дальнем Востоке: стратегические изменения)" at the Eastern Economic Forum (Восточный экономический форум) held in Vladivostok, Russian Federation (September 6, 2017)
  • 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 fur 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 Austauschdienst (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 -

  • Japan Section of IBA Asia Pacific Forum's Doing Business in Asia Pacific guidebook, Chapter 13 (in IBA Asia Pacific Forum's Doing Business in Asia Pacific guidebook, International Bar Association, uploaded on September 24, 2020)
  • "Multi-National Legal Privilege Survey - Japan" (International Association of Defense Counsel, January 2008)

- Publications in German -

GCCIJ Article Series (2020)

GCCIJ Article Series (2020)

GCCIJ Article Series (2019)

GCCIJ Article Series (2018)

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

Vice-Chairperson of the International Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Head of Project Team Germany
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
Japan Russia Lawyers Council/Российско-Японский Совет Юристов, Japan Arm
DJJV-Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung e.V. / German-Japanese Association of Jurists
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)

- Awards -

Recognized by the Asian Business Journal as one of Japan's Top 100 Lawyers 2020
Recommended as "Cross Border Transactions Lawyer of the Year in Japan" by Corporate International in February 2020
Recommended as "Leading Lawyers in Japan" in the area of Corporate/M&A by Asialaw Leading Lawyers in May 2018
Recommended as "Leading Lawyers in Japan" in the area of Corporate/M&A by Asialaw Leading Lawyers in February 2016


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