International Commerce & Trade

Using the strengths of our diverse team, which includes a native Chinese-speaking lawyer, a native English-speaking foreign lawyer, and Japanese lawyers who have experience studying and training in the United Kingdom and China, we are able to provide comprehensive support in cross-border transactions to Japanese outbound clients and foreign inbound clients at every stage of the commercial process, from drafting, translation and negotiation of contracts, through to project review and negotiation, arbitration or litigation of disputes. We regularly advise our clients in the following areas:

  • Maritime law (click here for further details)
  • International contracts for the sale of goods
  • Agency and distributorship agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate investment
  • Offshore investment and finance
  • Transactions between parent and subsidiary companies
  • HR and labour relations
  • Debt recovery
  • Customs procedures

Through our global network, which includes our consulting office in Shanghai, China, a collaborative agreement with a law firm in Germany and relationships with law firms based in the United States, Europe and Asia, we can obtain the necessary support and advice on legal regimes for you, no matter where in the world you are conducting business. We are also able to utilise this network to ensure our clients receive the best possible representation in cross-border litigation and insolvency disputes.


Zhiming Mai/Shimei Baku

Kobe office

Shohei Tezuka

Kobe,Tokyo and Imabari offices

Seiichi Nishikawa

Kobe office

Makoto Matsumiya

Kobe and Osaka offices

Kazuya Yamashita

Tokyo office

Yusuke Okumura

Kobe office

Peter Cassidy

Registered Foreign Attorney
Kobe office