Partner Shiro Kuniya

Managing Partner
Japan(1982)
New York (1987)

Location : Tokyo Office and Osaka Office

Professional Summary

Shiro Kuniya has been highly acclaimed as follows;

Ranked among Nikkei Business Journal’s top ten most highly regarded lawyers in Japan in the areas of “Corporate and M&A” and “International Transaction and Dispute Resolution”.

Listed as Leading Lawyer for M&A in IFLR 2015, for Financial & Corporate Law in IFLR 2017 (International Finance Law Review)

Listed as leading individuals in “Corporate / M&A” section and “Dispute Resolution" section, Chambers Asia Pacific, Asia, Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business, (since 2009).

Listed as leading individuals in “Corporate and M&A” section, the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (since 2009).

Listed in Corporate and M&A, International Business Transactions, Litigation, Intellectual Property and Trade section in “Best Lawyers” (since 2008).

Awarded “Project Finance of the Year 1999” (Universal Studio Japan Theme Park Project) by Euromoney.

Major Cases Handled

Denso vs. Tax Authority, Japan, Tax Heaven Litigation re. Singapore Regional Headquarters (Supreme Court supported Denso and rescinded tax charge)

Livedoor Co., Ltd. vs. Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc., Provisional Injunction against Issuance of the Right to Subscribe to New Shares (Tokyo High Court)

Nireco Corporation, Provisional Injunction against Poison Pill Scheme (Tokyo District Court and Tokyo High Court) (The first case in Japan to invalidate poison pill)

Business Alliance between Nasdaq and Osaka Securities Exchange

Panasonic (f/k/a Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.) Pension Fund Cases (Osaka High Court and Supreme Court supported the reform of Pension Program started by the founder, Mr. Konosuke Matsushita)

Establishment and Operation of Universal Studio Japan Theme Park and its Project Finance (Awarded “Project Finance of the Year 1999” by “Euro Money”)

Kansai International Airport Project

Lehman Brothers Japan Civil Rehabilitation

Special Mediation for World Trade Center and Asia Trade Center

Willcom, Inc., Corporate Rehabilitation (the biggest insolvency case in telecommunication industry in Japan)

Kyoto University iPS (imputed pluripotent stem cell) License Agreement
(Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, Professor of Kyoto University, was awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on iPS stem cell.)

Education & Professional Experience

April, 2002 - present
Managing Partner, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

September, 1986 - 2002
Partner, Oh-Ebashi Law Offices

September, 1986 - August, 1987
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, New York, Los Angeles

1986
Georgetown University Law Center (Master of Law, LL.M.)

April, 1982 - August, 1986
Associate, Oh-Ebashi Law Offices

1982
Legal Training and Research Institute (Supreme Court), Japan

1980
Kyoto University (LL.B.)

Activities

(1)Bar Association

2011-2012
President, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

2009-2010
Vice-President, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

2008-2012
Chairman of International Relations Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Associations

1998-2001
Vice-Chairman of International Committee, Osaka Bar Association

1996-2007
Vice-Chairman of International Relations Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Associations

1995-1998
Chairman of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

1994-1995
Council at large, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

1992-1994
Vice-Chairman of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

1987-present
American Bar Association (ABA)


(2)Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

May, 2012-present
Arbitrator, Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC)

2010-present
Arbitrator, The Asian International Arbitration Center

June, 2009-present
Member of the Board, The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

2004-present
Arbitrator, The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

1998-2006
Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Center

1997-present
Arbitrator, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center

1995-present
Advisory Council, Asia-Pacific Center for the Resolution of International Business Disputes


(3)Board Member/Audit & Supervisory Board Member

June, 2016-present
Member of the Board (Audit & Supervisory Committee Member), Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

June, 2013-June, 2016
Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

June, 2013-present
Member of the Board, Sony Financial Holdings Inc.

June, 2012-present
Member of the Board, Ebara Corporation

March, 2012-present
Member of the Board, NEXON Co., Ltd.

April, 2011-present
Member of the Board, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra

2006-2010
Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Nidec Corporation

1999-present
Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Tazuke Kofukai Foundation, Medical Research Institute, Kitano Hospital

1997-2000
Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Sunstar Inc.


(4)University・Institute・Committee etc.

2015-2016
Committee to Review International Taxation for Cross-border Business Operation of Japanese Companies/BEPS Project (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

2015-present
Chairman, Corporate Law Practice Research Committee (Research and Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice)

2014
Member of Special Committee to Review Competition Policy and State Aid (Japanese Fair Trade Commission)

2013-2014
Member of Advisory Board, Business Law Department of Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University

June, 2013-present
Vice President, The Asian Society of International Law (Japan Society)

2012-present
Member of Georgetown University Law Center, Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board

2011-May, 2013
Executive Member of the Board, The Asian Society of International Law (Japan Society)

2008-2009
Chairman, Research Grant Program Nomination Committee, The Toyota Foundation

2003-2014
Advisor for Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation

2001-2002
Member of Management Council, Kyushu University, Faculty of Law

1999
Member of Special Committee of Economic Council for Prime Minister of Japan

1998-1999
Institute of Intellectual Property, ADR committee

1995-2000
Adjunct Professor at Kyushu University, Faculty of Law (Master of Law, LL.M. Course)

1990-2011
The Japan Association of International Economic Law

1987-1999
Regular Coordinator and Moderator at Comparative Law Center (Japan) (Programs on International Transactions, Shareholders’ Derivative Suit, Products Liability Law, Entertainment Law, Information Industry Business & Law, etc.)

1982-present
Japanese Association of the Law of Civil Procedure

Seminars/Lectures Archives

2018.07.19
Crisis Management and Compliance Measures -- Based on the Latest Practices of an American Law Firm
2018.02.28
【Tokyo】 The Law on Clinical Research and Compliance
2017.11.28
Current Developments in U.S. Antitrust Laws and Cross-Border M&A ~Consideration for Japanese Businesses: International Cartel Investigations・Litigation・M&A Activities~
2017.09.14
Corporate and Dispute Resolution Practices in Southeast Asia - Osaka
2017.09.13
Corporate and Dispute Resolution Practices in Southeast Asia - Tokyo
2017.06.22
Japanese Plea Bargains and Corporate Legal Practices Thereon
2016.11.28
Compliance - The Comparative Perspective (U.K., France, Germany and Japan)
2016.06
Japanese Lawyer and International Cooperation in legal system in Asia
2015.10.24
Software Program Development/Dispute Resolution (Suruga Bank vs. Japan IBM case)
2015.09
Seminar on the Collection of Claims and the International Commercial Arbitration: Collection of Claims from Chinese Companies and the Use of Arbitration Proceedings - Arbitration Proceedings from the Perspective of an Arbitration Body Official
2015.09.17
Use of Arbitration Proceedings for the Claims against Chinese Companies
2015.07
Corporate Governance Code and Management Ethics "Compliance with the Corporate Governance Code from the Perspective of Outside Officers and Lawyers"
2012
International Arbitration/Conference on Istanbul International Arbitration Center TOBB (the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey)
2012.05.09
Amendment of Civil Code
2012.04.17
Amendment of Civil Code
2012
Globalization and Innovation of Small and Medium Enterprise
2007
License Agreement in Corporate M&A and Reorganization
2006
M&A - Contract Negotiation and Legal Due Diligence
2006
Legal and Practical Issues for 2006 Shareholders Meeting under new Corporate Law
2003
Practical Considerations for Japanese Companies Engaged in International M&A and Other Strategic Transactions
2003
Whistleblowing, Compliance and Role of Corporate Auditor
2002
Merger & Acquisition and Corporate Restructuring
2002
Globalization of Corporate and Financial Legal System and Legal Services
2001
Cross-border Merger & Acquisition
2001
Negotiation - Theory and Practice - License Agreement
2001
Corporate Risk Management and Role of Legal Department, with Analysis of Recent Cases including Yukijirushi and Bridgestone Firestone Cases
2000.11
Cross-border Merger & Acquisition
2000
Corporate Auditor System in Japan, Compared with Legal Systems in the U.S., U.K. and Germany
1999
Year 2000 and Legal Liability
1999
Year 2000 and Legal Liability
1998
Corporate Ethics & Governance, Reform of Board of Directors System
1998
Japan-U.S. Comparison of Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law/Re-start System for Failed Entrepreneurs
1997
Business Investment in the U.S. and Dispute Resolution
1996
Products Liability Law/Legal Analysis & Practice
1996
ADR in the Emerging Economies and Japan
1995
Joint Venture Agreement
1994
Legal Practice and Opportunities in Japan under the New Regime, GATT and Transborder Legal Practice, the New Rules for International Lawyers
1994.04
Technology Transfer and Practice of License Agreement(1994 - 2000)
1993
The Expansion of International Transactions and the Development of International Lawyers' Activities in Japan
1992
Role of Legal Counsel in the U.S.
1991
Legal Aspects of Joint Ventures in Japan
1991
OEM Agreement
1990
International Merger and Acquisition, Joint Venture and Real Estate Investment
1990
Joint Venture and Licensing
1990
Legal Checkpoints in Investing in the US - Focusing on Delaware General Corporation Law
1989
Japan-US Trade and Investment: Strategies for the 1990's Protecting American Technology Transferred to Japan, Including Patent, Trademark and Licensing Issues
1988
International Joint Venture
1988
Amendments to §'337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, '§301 of Trade Act, Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988
1988
Know-How License Agreement and EC Block Exemption Rule
1982
Recent Amendment of Japanese Laws of Corporation

Probono

International Cooperation in Legal System (Legislation, Seminar, Lecture) in Asian Countries (eg. Cambodia, Vietnam)

Languages

Japanese and English

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