Safari Watanabe

Safari Watanabe

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Safari Watanabe is a partner in the Firm's Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Tokyo. She has more than 10 years of experience practicing as a corporate transactional lawyer in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco and Tokyo offices. Ms. Watanabe has extensive experience advising industry clients on corporate and transactional matters.

Practice Focus

Ms. Watanabe's practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and dispositions of companies and assets, with an increasing emphasis on complex cross-border transactions. She also assists Japanese and foreign clients in international joint ventures and strategic alliance arrangements, as well as other corporate transactional matters. Ms. Watanabe represents private and public companies — both foreign and domestic — across a wide range of industries, including technology, communications, electronic manufacturing and pharmaceutical.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for a global communications company in relation to its subsidiary's acquisition of a land mobile radio business by way of a demerger.
  • Advised a global communications company in its tender offer to acquire controlling interest in a publicly held Japanese global provider of two-way radio communication solutions. 
  • Advised a global communications company's Japan operations in relation to the company's global split and relisting.
  • Advised a global manufacturing and technology company in multiple international transactions including multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, dispositions and spin-offs of major business units. 
  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company in multiple domestic and international transactions. 
  • Advised a leading food and beverage company in its cross-border acquisitions and international joint ventures. 
  • Advised an international consumer goods company in its cross-border acquisitions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations - Special Foreign Member
  • State Bar of California
  • Tokyo Bar Association - Special Foreign Member


  • Japan (Attorney at Foreign Law)~Japan (2001)
  • California~United States (1994)


  • University of San Francisco (J.D.) (1994)
  • Stanford University (B.A.) (1991)


  • English
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • San Francisco