Maki Kawamura

Maki Kawamura

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Maki Kawamura is a partner of the Real Estate Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office. She has more than 10 years of legal experience and is fluent in English. Maki was recognized in the 2017- 2020 editions of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Japan: Real Estate, as a "Next Generation Lawyer / Rising Star" (within an international firm or joint venture).

Practice Focus

Maki focuses on estate transactions. She advises clients on real property acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing involving office, residential, commercial, retail and resort projects. She also handles issues for Japanese clients investing overseas, cross-border M&A and emissions trading-related matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised a foreign company on its acquisition of a large-scale hotel in Tokyo.
  • Advised foreign companies on their development of residential apartments, data center and manufacturing factory.
  • Advised a Japanese company on its overseas investment business in Asian countries by offering overall research and advice on real property development licenses and investment in local companies -  including the preparation of reports.
  • Advised a foreign-based fund on its acquisition of ski resorts.
  • Advised foreign companies on their office leases in Japan (including the preparation of agreements).
  • Advised foreign companies on their investment business into Japan by offering advice on structuring, incorporation of local companies in Japan and real property development licenses — including the preparation of reports and agreements.
  • Advised foreign companies on the sale and purchase of real estate in Japan, including the preparation of agreements.
  • Represented a government agency, a major Japanese bank and a Japanese company by preparing agreements and providing legal advice on emissions trading within Japan, Asia and countries in Eastern Europe.

Professional Honors

  • Next Generation Lawyers, Real Estate: Bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in Japan 2021: Real Estate

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • Japan (2007)


  • Keio University (LL.B.) (2001)


  • English
  • Japanese

Co-author, "Legal and tax practices on conducting business in Asia - from business start-up to expansion and withdrawal," Chuokeizai-sha, August 2011, Language: Japanese

Co-author, "World Legal & Business Guide No.1 Indonesia," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, April 2011