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Akihiro Kawasaki

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Akihiro Kawasaki is a member of the Firm's Tax & Transfer Pricing Group in Tokyo. He has a wide range of experience – including HK IPOs, crypto currency issues and tax audits – and is particularly proficient in tax consulting involving complex consolidation and reorganization-related tax concepts as well as anti-CFC rules. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked for a major Japanese tax consulting firm for 13 years, including a four-year assignment in Shanghai.

Practice Focus

Akihiro's practice focuses on cross-border tax planning for foreign MNC companies, including the development of tax-efficient capital structures and tax consolidation regimes to reduce clients’ effective tax rates.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised numerous Japanese listed companies with regard to Japanese anti-CFC rules upon outbound investment and overseas restructuring.
  • Advised numerous Japanese listed companies on Japan-China cross-border restructuring.
  • Advised a foreign MNC on tax structuring in connection with investment to solar power generation facilities.
  • Advised a foreign medical device company on obtaining a determination by the National Tax Agency with regard to its tax treaty application.
  • Advised the Japanese subsidiaries of US SEC-listed pharmaceutical companies on domestic reorganization.
  • Advised the Japanese subsidiaries of US SEC-listed industrial equipment manufacturers on the domestic reorganization of the subsidiaries applying the consolidated tax scheme.
  • Represented the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau in tax examinations against the subsidiaries of US SEC-listed companies.
  • Advised a Japanese company on its stock listing in Hong Kong.
  • Advised Japanese companies on virtual currency issues.


  • Licensed Tax Attorney (Zeirishi)~Japan (2016)


  • The University of Tokyo (Bachelor of Economics) (2006)


  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin