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Takai & Partners is a Japanese commercial law firm which supports clients in today’s ever changing business environment.


Sometimes as a co-pilot, sometimes as a navigator, and sometimes as a mechanic, we support our clients throughout the entirety of their legal journey.

What's New

  What's New ​

April 2024
Our partners Shintaro Takai and Yukiko Shukuri, have been selected for inclusion in the 2025 Edition of Best Lawyers in Japan. 
August 2023
Our partner Shintaro Takai has been recognized as a leading practitioner in M&A and Governance in Who's Who Legal (Global and Japan) 2023.  


Takai & Partners is a boutique commercial law firm established by a team of lawyers from top Japanese law firms.


We have started our own practice so that we would be better positioned to effectively customize our legal services to the commercial needs of our clients, based on our cutting-edge knowledge and a wealth of experiences at Japanese top law firms as well as law firms in US, Singapore and other jurisdictions.


I believe that, in today’s ever changing business environment, with further development of information/automation technology and ever increasing number of cross-border commercial transactions, lawyers too need to be highly responsive to such change and innovative in solving legal issues. Takai & Partners provides effective legal support with innovative mind, based on solid understanding of the business of clients. Takai & partners also provides effective support for cross-border transactions with close network of firms in Asia, US, Europe and other jurisdictions.

Shintaro Takai


Areas of Practice​

General Corporate/Commercial Legal Matters

We advise Japanese and international companies on both domestic and cross-border legal issues.

We offer our clients a comprehensive range of advice on any legal issues arising from their day-to-day business operations, including drafting of commercial contracts (e.g. sales and purchase agreement, distribution agreement, franchise agreement), legal advisory support on financing, real estate and other asset transactions, issues related to intellectual property, corporate governance matters (including operation of shareholders and board meetings), employment law issues and commercial disputes. We also frequently work with legal counsel in jurisdictions outside of Japan and effectively assist Japanese companies in entering into or expanding their business in Asia, US, Europe and other countries.

Areas of Practice
Takai & Partners provides tailor-made legal services for each client, based on a wealth of experiences at top Japanese law firms and expertise in comprehensive range of corporate and commercial legal matters including M&A, cross-border transactions, business reorganization, human resources, risk management, litigation/dispute resolution.

Members of our team have been involved in insolvency procedures such as bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and civil rehabilitation proceedings, as a legal advisor, a trustee or in other capacities. We also support companies with financial difficulty through planning and implementation of restructuring schemes. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in corporate/commercial legal matters, we often provide efficient legal assistance to our clients encountering insolvency procedures as a creditor or otherwise.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We have expertise in handling various kinds of M&A transactions, such as business alliance/joint venture, share transfer, business transfer, corporate restructuring (e.g. merger, corporate split, share exchange), and acquisition of a listed company through tender offer. We often handle M&As involving both Japanese companies and companies from other jurisdictions.

Business in Asia

Working closely with local law firms, we actively provide support to Japanese companies entering into or expanding their business in countries throughout Asia, including legal assistance in obtaining local regulatory approvals, incorporation of legal entities, forming/dissolving joint venture with local enterprises, and documentation drafting and negotiations.

Employment Law

We offer a comprehensive range of advice mainly to companies (employers) on any employment law related issues (e.g. work rules, employment agreement, transfer, leaves, wages, work hours, disciplinary actions, termination). We also have a unique expertise in advising on employment law issues in the context of M&A and oversea business expansions

Risk and Crisis Management

When a problem arises, we swiftly handle internal investigations and dealings with enforcement agencies, and at the same time efficiently support our clients with reporting, communication and reputation management. We regularly assist our clients in preventing corporate crimes or other wrongdoings by developing and implementing a tailor-made compliance manual and program including training, as well as providing advice on compliance issues arising from day-to-day business operations.

Intellectual Property

We provide legal support on IP issues arising from day-to-day business operations, including protection of trademark, digital contents, work/invention for hire and privacy policy, as well as IP transactions (e.g. licensing or research and development agreements) in technology- based industries such as IT and life science.

Dispute Resolution

We handle corporate/commercial disputes as well as general civil disputes, such as disputes relating to M&A, corporate restructuring, commercial contracts, rental agreements, and the control of corporate entities. Based on our cutting-edge expertise in broad commercial law issues, we are able to provide efficient advice on complex commercial disputes.



Takai & Partners

9F ARK Hills Front Tower RoP,
2-23-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 107-0052
Tel: 03-4577-8686
Fax: 03-6685-5971



Each member of our team has a unique strength from his/her own background and experiences.

We believe that, by bringing together our strengths and forming a close team with our clients, we will be able to perform beyond our individual capabilities, and achieve the best possible solutions for any complex problems.

Our firm logo symbolizes such our belief. This logo was designed on an image of each + (plus) shape (representing individuality) as warp and weft forming a single strong fabric, which simply symbolizes our firm policy.


Shintaro TAKAI
Admitted to Japanese Bar (1999) / Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association 


1997           The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

1999-            Nagashima & Ohno (currently Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu)

2004             The University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.)

2004-2005    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, New York

2007             Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

2016             Partner, Takai & Partners


Shintaro's practice focuses on corporate transactions, especially international and domestic M&A transactions, and restructuring/insolvency.  He regularly represents domestic and foreign clients, ranging from private equity funds to industrial companies.


Shintaro has been cited for his expertise in corporate/M&A, insolvency & reorganization and cross-border transactions in several leading legal publications. Shintaro is described as “a strong performer” praised for his “tireless work ethic” and adept handling of complex M&A transactions in Who’s Who Legal (2016) and has been constantly listed as a leading practitioner in M&A and Governance (Who's Who Legal 2021-2023).


Shintaro also serves as outside director and/or corporate auditor of a manufacturing company, fashion apparel company and software company, etc.


Shintaro is a member of the International Insolvency Institute.



September 2019

Merger Handbook [4th Edition] (Co-authors)

Shojihomu Co., Ltd.

February 2016

New Horizons - Restructuring and Finance (Co-authors)

Shojihomu Co., Ltd.


November 2014

Selected Court Precedents in Restructuring

Yuhikaku Publishing Co., Ltd.



Admitted in

Japan (2005) / Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

England & Wales (2024) 


1998                Sophia University

-2002               Family Court Research and Probation Officer

2005                Asahi & Koma Law Offices

2007-2014       Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

2011                Stanford Law School (LL.M.)

2012-2013       Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co

    Desai & Diwanji

2013-2014       Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Singapore LLP

2016                Takai & Partners

2020                Supervisory officer, Japan Infrastructure Fund Investment Corporation (TSE)


August, 2018   M&A Contracts (Co-Author)

Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc

Recognized as Best Lawyers® in Japan for International Business Transactions (2022-2024)


Admitted to Japanese Bar (2005) / Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association


2004               The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

2005               Ishizaki Nobunori Law Firm (currently Ishizaki & Yamanaka)

2007               Noshiro-Himawari-Kikin Law Office

2009               Ishizaki & Yamanaka

2016               University of Illinois College of Law (LL.M.)

2016               United States District Court Central District of Illinois (Global Law Fellow)

2017               Takai & Partners



July 2016

Practical solution of Working place disputes (Co-Author)

Japan Personal Research Institute


June 2013

Legal matters and practical solutions of Rules of Employment [3rd Edition] (Co-Author)

Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc.


March 2013

Manual of revising Rules of Employment (Co-Author)

Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing, Co., Ltd.


November 2011

Legal matters and practical solutions of Employment Disputes (Co-Author)

Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc.


November 2010

Legal matters and practical solutions of Working hours (Co-Author)

Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc.


Takahiro OTSUKA
Admitted to Japanese Bar (2019) / Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

2012 Kobe University (LL.B.)
2017 Hiroshima University Law School (Juris Doctor)
2020 Takai&Partners


Admitted to Japanese Bar (2019) / Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association
2016 Kobe University (LL.B.)
2018 Osaka University Law School (Juris Doctor)
2020 Takai&Partners



Takai & Partners

9F ARK Hills Front Tower RoP,
2-23-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 107-0052
Tel: 03-4577-8686
Fax: 03-6685-5971

Kindly contact us via the contact form below or by sending us an email at the above email address.


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