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Kana Itabashi

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Kana Itabashi is a member of the Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions, Environmental and Labor / Employment practice groups in the Firm’s Tokyo office and has over ten years of legal experience. From 2007 to 2009, she was seconded to the principal investment department of a Japanese securities company, and engaged in a variety of investment matters including corporate rehabilitation, private equity investment, emission trading and non-performing loan investments. Ms. Itabashi is a native Japanese speaker and is also fluent in English.

Practice Focus

Ms. Itabashi’s practice focuses on the areas of domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity investment and organizational restructuring as well as commercial matters. She also has extensive experience in handling matters involving domestic and international employment law, general employment advice, employment litigation, employment regulation, cross-border counseling and privacy transactions. She has acted for clients from various industries, including IT, business outsourcing solutions, logistics, among others. Ms. Itabashi also advises clients on domestic and cross-border employment issues involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and global audits. Ms. Itabashi's practice also includes a strong focus on environmental law compliance with a heavy concentration in soil contamination issues arising through mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Tokyo Bar Association


  • Japan (2001)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) (2006)
  • The University of Tokyo (Bachelor of Economics) (1994)


  • English
  • Japanese

Co-editor, “Contaminated Real Estate Transactions from a Legal, Accounting and Tax Perspective,” Chuokeizai-sha, September 2012, Language: Japanese

Co-author, “Chapter 2: Business Environmental Law & Regulations,” Understanding the Manufacturing Process Flow Through Business Environment Law, LexisNexis, March 2012, Language: Japanese

Co-author, M&A Handbook on Conducting Business Practically, Chuokeizai-sha, June 2010, Language: Japanese

Co-author, A Strategic Manual for Creditors in Bankruptcy Proceedings, Japanese Nikkei Publishing Inc., January 2010, Language: Japanese

Co-author, Cross-border M&A, Chuokeizai-sha, July 2008, Language: Japanese

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