Daichi Kiriyama

Daichi Kiriyama

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Daichi Kiriyama is a member of both the Corporate / M&A and Labor/Employment groups at Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office. He also had the opportunity to burnish his legal skills with real-world experience in the pharmaceutical industry during a secondment with a major international pharmaceutical company. He has been recognised as a Rising Star every year since the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Labor and Employment.

Practice Focus

Daichi provides strategic legal counseling on domestic and international labor/employment matters, with a particular emphasis on employment issues faced by major international companies entering and doing business in Japan as well as Japanese companies looking to expand overseas. He also assists companies with the employment aspects of domestic and international M&A transactions and reorganization projects and actively engages the issues raised by a modern workforce created by the new platform economy.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for various domestic and international clients in relation to consolidating working conditions, performance management, working time management and other employment-related issues.

  • Acted for various domestic and international clients in relation to reduction-in-force projects, including implementing voluntary resignation programs, solicitation of resignations and relocation.

  • Represented various domestic and international clients in labor disputes and litigation (including ordinary court cases and before labor tribunals).

  • Represented and acted for various domestic and international clients in comprehensive internal investigations triggered by allegations of wrongdoing by executives and/or employees.

  • Acted for various domestic and international clients in relation to analysis and structuring of executive and employee retention plans, including long-term incentive plans and other compensation.

  • Represented various domestic and international clients in due diligence, deal structuring, document drafting, negotiation and PMI in relation to M&A transactions / reorganization projects.

Professional Honors

  • Recognised as a “Rising Star” in Labour and Employment, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, every year since 2020
  • Listed in Labour and Employment Law, Best Lawyers in Japan, every year since 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales - Member
  • Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2021)
  • Japan (2012)


  • Queen Mary, University of London (LLM) (2018)
  • Hitotsubashi University School of Law (JD) (2011)
  • Hitotsubashi University (LLB) (2009)


  • English
  • Japanese

Publications, Articles

Co-author, "Insights on a future legal framework for the Gig Economy in Japan," NBL No. 1164, Shojihomu, February 2020

Co-author, "Executive Incentive Compensation Plans: Legal and Tax Considerations," Zeimu Koho, Chuokeizai-sha, October 2016

Co-author, "Research Report on Officer Compensation Status and Systems in Japan and Overseas," Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry research project, March 2015

Co-author, "Investment in Asia and Compliance Strategies — Three Stage Analysis," Chuokeizaisha, January 2014


Speaker, "Paradigm Shift in the Pharmaceutical Industry and HR/Employment Challenges," Sansuikai Off-site Conference, arranged by Sansuikai, July 19, 2019