City-Yuwa Partners was formed in 2003 upon the merger of a cross-border transaction-based firm and a firm specialized in litigation, insolvency and real estate laws. Following the 2005 merger with one of Japan's top patent litigation boutiques and the addition of many partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences, City-Yuwa has grown into one of Japan's preeminent law firms capable of providing a full range of legal services.
A number of lawyers at City-Yuwa have previously served as former public prosecutors, high-ranking governmental officials with specialized expertise, and in-house counsels for leading financial institutions. Some lawyers are licensed as professionals in other fields, such as patent attorneys, and many lawyers are licensed in both Japan and foreign jurisdictions. This broad professional expertise and experience ensures that City-Yuwa can offer comprehensive and proactive solutions to clients in an effective and timely manner. City-Yuwa represents clients across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, automobile, electronic and medical device, health care, fashion and retail, shipping, air and land transportation, telecommunication, energy, construction, real estate, finance, insurance and governmental institutions.
Recent Firm News & Legal Updates
We asked our member firms around the globe to provide some insight on employer and employee rights when it comes to requiring the COVID-19 vaccine to return to work. Yasuyuki Kuribayashi and Yuki Takahashi share their views from Japan.
What are the top investment sectors in Japan right now? Member firm City-Yuwa Partners shared their insights—the top sectors for investment in Japan are quite diverse, ranging from transport machinery and its parts, electronics, foods, chemicals, healthcare, energy, real estate, and aviation, all the way to shipping and transport. Learn more about City-Yuwa Partners, how to successfully do business in Japan, and what advantages and pitfalls you need to know about before doing business there.
Our Venture Capital Group collaborated on an expansive guide covering more than 30 jurisdictions on investment approval processes, typical investment sectors and investment structures on VC deals (and more!). The objective of this publication is to serve as a Q&A-style multi-jurisdictional guide to venture capital law in countries where WLG member firms have offices. This chapter covers Japan - contributed by Masamichi Sakamoto, Naoki Matsuo and Kiyoshi Nakayama of City-Yuwa Partners.