Yaeko Hodaka

Yaeko Hodaka

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Yaeko Hodaka has over 25 years of legal experience in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and reorganization, internal investigation, litigation and dispute resolution. She is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Practice Group, with a focus on the automotive sector and serves as the Regional Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Transportation Group in Asia Pacific.

Practice Focus

Yaeko advises automotive clients on a wide range of legal issues, including toll manufacturing and supply contracts, data privacy issues, C.A.S.E. related issues, employment, mergers & acquisitions, reorganization, supply chain optimization, investigations, FTA utilization and competition.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Led internal investigation in Japanese automotive parts supplier in relation to use and submission of fabricated test data.

  • Advised Japanese OEM in relation to issues arising out of exporting parts using FTA with incorrect certificate of origins, represented the client in negotiation with the relevant authorities in importing countries. 

  • Advised Japanese OEM with regard to issues relating to data privacy laws in jurisdictions where test driving is conducted for autonomous driving vehicles, represented the client in negotiation with the relevant authorities.  

  • Advised US auto suppliers in relation to regulations applicable to test driving of autonomous vehicles in Japan. 

  • Advised European OEM on regulations applicable to sale, driving and testing of autonomous vehicles in Japan. 

  • Advised Japanese automotive parts suppliers with regard to setting up regional headquarters, amending supply chains and internal reorganization in ASEAN countries. 

  • Advised Japanese auto makers, trading companies, non-life insurance companies and IT companies with regard to regulations on rideshares in Japan and ASEAN countries.  

  • Advised Japanese automotive parts suppliers with regard to JV contract negotiation in China, employment issues, cybersecurity issues and insolvency issues.  
  • Represented Japanese auto suppliers with various commercial litigations and labour related litigations in Japanese courts. 

  • Advised Japanese automotive parts suppliers on Section 301 Duty Mitigation Strategies in connection with trade between China and US. 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • Japan (1992)


  • Keio University (LL.B.)
  • International University of Geneva (M.B.A.)
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M.)


  • English
  • Japanese

Co-author, “Basic understanding of leading cases in Corporate Law and FIEL”, Business Homu, monthly series from October 2010.

Author, “Duties and Liabilities expected for directors when conducting valuation of stock price”, Business Homu, April 2010.

Author, “Petition for disclosure of shareholders list”, Nikkei Business, 25 May 2009.

Author, “Insider Rules”, CIAJ Journal, November 2007.

Author, “Current situation and issues of triangle merger”, Nikkan Kogyo Paper, June and July 2007.

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