Yuki Sato

She has represented both domestic and foreign companies in various types of M&A transactions, cross-border investments, joint venture and many projects by providing legal advice on structuring, due diligence, drafting and negotiating relevant contracts. She has also represented both issuers and investors in complicated equity financing including private equity funds and venture capitals. She advises companies on commercial and corporate matters. She has extensive experience assisting foreign companies with their operations in Japan, advising on company formation, regulatory and competition matters as well as employment issues. Her clients are diverse; among them were financial institutions, listed Japanese manufacturers and information technology start-ups.

Practice Areas

Capital Markets and Investment Funds, Regulatory and Compliance, M&A, General Corporate

Education

March 2000
Hitotsubashi University (LL.B., 2000)
May 2011
University of Southern California Gould Law School (LL.M., 2011)

Background

October 2005-April 2006
Yamamoto Sogo Law Office (Associate, October 2005-April 2006)
June 2006-September 2013
White & Case Law Offices, White & Case LLP, Tokyo Office (Associate, June 2006-September 2013)
September 2011-December 2012
White & Case LLP, Singapore Office (Foreign Associate, September 2011-December 2012)
October 2013-November 2016
Toranomon Chuo Law Firm (Namura & Partners Legal Professional Corporation) (Partner, October 2013-November 2016, Partner)
September 2014-March 2015
立教大学兼任講師
March 2015-March 2017
公益社団法人 セーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン監事
March 2015-
株式会社はてな監査役
June 2016-
株式会社ZUU監査役
September 2016-
株式会社ディー・エル・イー監査役
December 2016-December 2018
King & Wood Mallesons Tokyo Office Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Partner, December 2016 – December 2018)
January 2018-
So & Sato Law Offices (Partner, January 2018 to present)
October 2018-
株式会社ネットプロテクションズホールディングス取締役・監査等委員

Bars / Membership

October 2005
Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Since October 2005)
October 2005-
Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Since October 2005)
2007-
Corporate Law Committee at Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Since 2007)
April 2012-
New York State Bar Association (Since April 2012)
September 2014-March 2015
Part-time Instructor, Rikkyo University (September 2014-March 2015)
March 2015-March 2017
Auditor of Save the Children Japan (March 2015-March 2017)
November 2017-
第一東京弁護士会総合法律研究所IT法部会委員

Publications

2019 -
Articles
Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guide FinTech 2019 - Japan Chapter Web Page
July 2017
Books
「個人情報保護法相談標準ハンドブック」(共著)(日本法令 2017年)
July 2017
Articles
Regulations on Handling of Personal Information in Cross Border M&A, Junkan Shouji Houmu No. 2136 (June 15, 2017), Japan Institute of Business Law (Shouji Houmu Kenkyu Kai), 2017 (co-author)
July 2017
Books
Answers to questions from various types of organizations; Best Practices on How to handle Social Security and Tax Number, Seibunsya, 2016 (co-author)
July 2017
Articles
Guide to Handling Personal Information during M&A process; Contract Negotiation to Post-Merger Integration Junkan Keirijouhou No. 1435, Chuokeizai-sha, 2016
July 2017
Articles
Legal and Tax Issues of Two-Step Takeover (Example of Eikoh Holdings Inc. Case) , Junkan Keirijouhou No. 1423, Chuokeizai-sha, 2015 (co-author)
June 2015
Books
The latest information- Q&A for Social Security and Tax Number, Nihon Horei, 2015 (co-author)
March 2015
Articles
Incubation by Venture Capital Funds, Legal and Compliance of Banking Business (Ginko Houmu) 21 No.783, (March, 2015) Keizaihorei Kenkyukai, (co-author)
March 2015
Articles
Entrepreneurial Environment and Incubation System, Legal and Compliances of Banking Business (Ginko Houmu) 21 No.783 (March, 2015), Keizaihorei Kenkyukai
April 2014
Books
Legal and Tax Q&A for Real Estate SPCs by TK-GK structure, Zeimukeiri Kyokai, 2014 (co-author)
December 2012
Articles
Legal and Practical Points of Consideration for Investing in Foreign Investment Funds, NBL No. 991 (December 15, 2012) (co-author)
September 2012
Articles
Legal and Practical Points of Consideration for Syndicated Loans, Legal and Compliance of Banking Business (Ginko Houmu) 21 No. 748 (September, 2012), Keizaihorei Kenkyukai
March 2010
Books
Tax and Legal Issues in Investment Limited Partnerships, Zeimukeiri Kyokai, February 2010 (co-author).
December 2007, January 2008
Articles
Financial Instruments and Exchange Act & its Impact on Fund Buisinesses 1-3, Finanical Affairs, December 10&17, 2007, January 7, 2008
March 2007
Articles
Problems of Japanese Companies Shareholder Meetings from Foreign Investors Perspectives, the Lawyers, March 2007

Lectures and Seminars

June 2019
Lecturer
Startup accelerators/supporters as a part of “Unicorn Programmed” managed by Yamaguchi Financial Group Inc.
September 2017
Lecturer
「近時の法改正によるM&A実務への影響」(2017年9月:King & Wood Mallesons法律事務所・外国法共同事業主催)
March 2017
Panelist
スタートアップの為のM&A戦略セミナー vol.4~Buy Sideの視点、アドバイザーの役割(青山スタートアップアクセラレーションセンター主催)
November 2016
Panelist
Startup法律相談所(青山スタートアップアクセラレーションセンター主催)
March 2016
Lecturer
“Steps to Successful M&A / Capital and Business Alliance with International Enterprises” hosted by Toranomon Chuo Law Firm LPC
July 2015
Lecturer
“Overview of the Social Security and Tax Number System and its Necessary Practices for Private Sector Enterprises” hosted by Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants Tokyo Chapter Second Block
July 2015
Lecturer
“Compliance with the Social Security and Tax Number System for Accounting Firms” hosted by TKC Corporation Yotsuya Chapter
May 2015
Lecturer
“Overview of the Social Security and Tax Number System and its Practices for Private Sector Enterprises” hosted by Tokyo Chapter of Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants
April 2015
Lecturer
“Overseas Antitrust Seminar” co-hosted by Catalyst Japan
September 2014
Lecturer
“Recommendation of Internal Audit, How to Prevent Legal Violations and Law Enforcement, co-hosted by Catalyst Japan
April 2014
Lecturer
“How to Prevent the Leakage of Know-how and Technology” hosted by Namura & Partners
February 2014
Lecturer
“Successful M&A from Sellers’ Point of View” hosted by Japan Business Innovation Inc.
July 2013
Lecturer
“Financial Asset Management Planning” for certified financial planners hosted by Kashiwanoha FPs
May 2013
Lecturer
“Attorneys in the Midst of Globalization,” guest lecturer at Hitotsubashi University
January 2013
Lecturer
“Legal and Practical Points of Investing in Foreign Investment Funds,” Financial Facsimile News

Languages

Japanese・English