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Takeshi Yoshida

Partner
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Biography

Takeshi Yoshida is a partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution and Compliance & Investigations groups in Tokyo. His experience includes working at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Hong Kong. He handles international dispute resolution and corporate investigation as well as commercial contracts and compliance. He has been selected as a "Rising Star" in Japan's dispute resolution field by Legal 500 (2020 edition).

Since 2015, Takeshi has been teaching business negotiation strategy as a part-time lecturer at Chuo University's Graduate School of Strategic Management (Chuo University Business School). He is a member of the Tokyo Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) as an MCIArb, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as a CIA, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as a CFE. Takeshi is fluent in English and Japanese.

Practice Focus

Takeshi focuses his practice on international and domestic dispute resolution, crisis management, investigation and compliance in connection with bribery, human rights violations and participation in cartels, among other issues. He is also well versed in general corporate law — including M&A, restructuring and insolvency — and in antitrust and competition law matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted as legal counsel in international arbitration, international litigation (including, but not limited to, US litigation) and other international dispute resolution matters.
  • Acted as legal counsel in domestic litigation, mediation, provisional or conservative relief, enforcement and other dispute resolution matters.
  • Drafted and/or negotiated a variety of commercial agreements, including share purchase agreements, joint venture business agreements, business consignment agreements, license agreements and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Represented and acted for various clients in comprehensive internal investigations regarding overseas bribery cases and suspicious alleged activities involving officers, directors and employees.
  • Advised various clients on communications with international human rights NGOs and other actions related to human rights issues. 
  • Represented and acted for various clients in comprehensive internal investigations regarding overseas and domestic cartel cases by providing legal support in connection with cooperation with the US Department of Justice and by filing leniency program-related reports and materials with the Japanese Fair Trade Commission. 
  • Advised various clients on the introduction of anti-bribery, anti-human rights violation and anti-cartel internal compliance systems.

Professional Honors

  • Rising Star: Bengoshi in the area of Dispute Resolution: International Firms and Joint Venture in Japan, THE LEGAL 500, January 2020

  • Superior Independent Committee Report in 2014, Committee for Rating Third Party Committee Reports, September 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tokyo Bar Association - Member
  • New York Bar Association - Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Member
  • Japan Association for Arbitrators - Member
  • Institution of Internal Auditors - Certified Internal Auditor
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Chuo University's Graduate School of Strategic Management (Chuo University Business School) - Part-time lecturer (Strategy for Business Negotiation)
  • Anti-Bribery Committee Japan - Member
  • IIA Global Legal Risk Management Study Group - Member
  • ACFE Study Group - Organizer

Corporate Responsibility

  • Judge, Intercollege Negotiation Competition (sponsored by Sumitomo Group Public Affairs Authority etc.), 2013-present

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2013)
  • Japan (2007)

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law (LLM) (2012)
  • Tokyo University (LLB) (2003)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Publications and Articles

Product liability, recalls, class actions

  • Author, "Managing global product recalls 18: How to address administrative authority," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, August 2020, Language: Japanese
  • Author, "Managing global product recalls 17: How to address whistle-blowing reports and handle overseas supply chains," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, July 2020, Language: Japanese
  • Author, "Managing global product recalls 16: Japan," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, March 2020, Language: Japanese
  • Author, "Managing global product recalls 15: Turkey and Egypt," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, February 2020, Language: Japanese
  • Author, "Managing global product recalls 14: Spain and Italy," Business Law Journal, LexisNexis, January 2020, Language: Japanese