Naoko Watanabe

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Naoko Watanabe is a Corporate & Securities associate in Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office. She is a native Japanese speaker and has worked in Japan at leading automotive companies, Bridgestone Corporation and Honda Motor Co. Ltd., as a buyer negotiating prices and contract terms with suppliers from all over the world. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Watanabe was a corporate associate in a large international law firm, representing clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate finance. In 2016, she received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.

Practice Focus

Ms. Watanabe advises public and private companies on a wide range of corporate and securities matters, including M&A and global corporate restructuring projects.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association - Member


  • California~United States (2014)


  • UCLA School of Law (J.D.) (2014)
  • Keio University (LL.B.) (2004)


  • English
  • Japanese