City-Yuwa Partners
Professional Notice

With more than 180 lawyers, the Tokyo-based City-Yuwa Partners is one of the leading law firms in Japan. City-Yuwa is a full-service law firm and offers legal services in Japanese, English, German, Korean, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.

Corporate and commercial

City-Yuwa provides a broad range of legal services to promptly and adequately serve the needs of clients on various legal issues pertaining to their businesses by drawing upon the firm’s experience, achievements and resources from our practices in addition to the latest legal expertise.

Finance, securities and insurance

City-Yuwa has long represented and advised domestic and international banks, securities firms, insurance companies and other non-banking financial companies in a broad range of transactions in relation to finance, securities and insurance. Finance lawyers at City-Yuwa are active in banking, structured finance, capital markets, asset management, investment trusts, funds, lease transactions, derivatives transactions, insurance, regulatory, and dispute resolution in financial transactions.

Mergers and acquisitions

City-Yuwa has continued to provide clients with expertise in M&A and is committed to organising our team of attorneys to reflect the specific needs of our clients’ broad range of business activities. We have had the honour of providing our M&A legal services to diverse clients in a broad range of businesses, including listed companies in Japan, foreign investors, private equity funds and other investment funds, domestic and foreign financial advisers, and individual investors. We continue to be proud of giving tailored advice to clients according to their various needs.

Real estate

The scope of our real estate services is the most extensive among law firms in Japan, largely owing to our accumulation of know-how in our role as counsel for Japan’s leading real estate brokers and our intimate knowledge of every issue related to real estate transactions. The real estate practice at City-Yuwa Partners includes sale and lease transactions, real estate finance, J-REITs (listed real estate investment funds) and other real estate funds, and resolution of disputes through litigation and other proceedings.

Bankruptcy and restructuring

City-Yuwa has a broad range of experience in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring, and represents debtors, creditors, sponsors, investors, suppliers and other business entities in restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Our experience covers a range of various industries, including manufacturing, retailing, construction, real estate, leisure such as golf courses, and hospitality, including hotels.


City-Yuwa provides a wide range of dispute resolution services to resolve complicated commercial disputes through litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR and enforcement actions. City-Yuwa has one of the largest teams of litigators in Japan and is involved in the largest civil law dispute in Japanese judicial history.

Intellectual property and information technology

City-Yuwa’s IP law team has substantial experience in a number of large-scale, complex and technologically sophisticated patent litigation matters. Our attorneys also regularly assist clients in licensing, technology transfer, corporate patent strategy, evaluation of essential patents for patent pool licensing programmes of standard technology patents.

Labour and employment

City-Yuwa’s lawyers have extensive experience providing domestic and foreign companies with practical and professional advice on various employment law matters by taking into account the characteristics and corporate structure of companies.

Compliance and economic crime

City-Yuwa provides comprehensive legal services in the area of corporate compliance and has been involved in many serious scandal investigations and cases. To cope with the increased demand, City-Yuwa has recruited six former public prosecutors.

Antitrust and competition

City-Yuwa has dealt with a wide range of cases relating to antitrust and competition issues, domestic and international. One of the competition law Partners used to be an official at the Japan Fair Trade Commission.


City-Yuwa has vast experience in many types of renewable energy projects, such as PV due diligence, offshore wind parks, feed-in tariff arrangements, transfer of projects, financing and joint development projects involving NEDO.

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