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 / Background

Hitotsubashi University (LL.B., 2000)
Yamamoto Sogo Law Office (Associate, October 2005-April 2006)
White & Case Law Offices, White & Case LLP, Tokyo Office (Associate, June 2006-September 2013)
University of Southern California Gould Law School (LL.M., 2011)
White & Case LLP, Singapore Office (Foreign Associate, September 2011-December 2012)
Toranomon Chuo Law Firm (Namura & Partners Legal Professional Corporation) (Partner, October 2013-November 2016, Partner)
King & Wood Mallesons Tokyo Office Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Partner, December 2016 – December 2018)
So & Sato Law Offices (Partner, January 2018 to present)

Bars / Membership

Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Since October 2005)
Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Since October 2005)
Corporate Law Committee at Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Since 2007)
New York State Bar Association (Since April 2012)
Part-time Instructor, Rikkyo University (September 2014-March 2015)
Auditor of Save the Children Japan (March 2015-March 2017)


Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guide FinTech 2019 - Japan Chapter Web Page
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)
Answers to questions from various types of organizations; Best Practices on How to handle Social Security and Tax Number, Seibunsya, 2016 (co-author)
Guide to Handling Personal Information during M&A process; Contract Negotiation to Post-Merger Integration Junkan Keirijouhou No. 1435, Chuokeizai-sha, 2016
Legal and Tax Issues of Two-Step Takeover (Example of Eikoh Holdings Inc. Case) , Junkan Keirijouhou No. 1423, Chuokeizai-sha, 2015 (co-author)
The latest information- Q&A for Social Security and Tax Number, Nihon Horei, 2015 (co-author)
Incubation by Venture Capital Funds, Legal and Compliance of Banking Business (Ginko Houmu) 21 No.783, (March, 2015) Keizaihorei Kenkyukai, (co-author)
Entrepreneurial Environment and Incubation System, Legal and Compliances of Banking Business (Ginko Houmu) 21 No.783 (March, 2015), Keizaihorei Kenkyukai
Legal and Tax Q&A for Real Estate SPCs by TK-GK structure, Zeimukeiri Kyokai, 2014 (co-author)
Tax and Legal Issues in Investment Limited Partnerships, Zeimukeiri Kyokai, February 2010 (co-author).
Legal and Practical Points of Consideration for Syndicated Loans, Legal and Compliance of Banking Business (Ginko Houmu) 21 No. 748 (September, 2012), Keizaihorei Kenkyukai
Legal and Practical Points of Consideration for Investing in Foreign Investment Funds, NBL No. 991 (December 15, 2012) (co-author)
Financial Instruments and Exchange Act & its Impact on Fund Buisinesses 1-3, Finanical Affairs, December 10&17, 2007, January 7, 2008
Problems of Japanese Companies' Shareholder Meetings from Foreign Investors Perspectives, the Lawyers, March 2007

Lectures and Seminars

“Steps to Successful M&A / Capital and Business Alliance with International Enterprises” hosted by    Toranomon Chuo Law Firm LPC, March 2016
“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
“Compliance with the Social Security and Tax Number System for Accounting Firms” hosted by TKC Corporation Yotsuya Chapter, July 2015
“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, May 2015
“Overseas Antitrust Seminar” co-hosted by Catalyst Japan, April 2015
“Recommendation of Internal Audit, How to Prevent Legal Violations and Law Enforcement, co-hosted by Catalyst Japan, September 2014
“How to Prevent the Leakage of Know-how and Technology” hosted by Namura & Partners, April 2014
“Successful M&A from Sellers’ Point of View” hosted by Japan Business Innovation Inc., February 2014
“Financial Asset Management Planning” for certified financial planners hosted by Kashiwanoha FPs, July 2013
“Attorneys in the Midst of Globalization,” guest lecturer at Hitotsubashi University, May 2013
“Legal and Practical Points of Investing in Foreign Investment Funds,” Financial Facsimile News, January 2013