Professionals

Yoshimichi MAKIYAMA

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【Practice Area】
– Corporate / Compliance
– Finance / Security
– Intellectual Property / Entertainment / Media
– IT / Information Security / Personal Data
– Environment / Energy
– Pharmaceutical / Foods
– Apparel / Fashion / Cosmetic
– Antitrust / Unfair Competition / Premiums Law
– International Trade and Disputes
– Public Affairs / ESG / SDGs

【Education】
– Columbia University School of Law (LL.M. 1997)
– University of Tokyo (LL. B. 1984)

【Admission】
– Attorney (Japan 1990, New York 1999)
– Patent Attorney (Japan 2003)

【Experience】
– Ripple Partners (present)
– TMI Associates
– Microsoft Asia Limited
– Davis Polk & Wardwell (New York)
– Mitsui Yasuda, Wani & Maeda

【Language】
– Japanese / English
 
【Memberships】
– International Relations Committee of JFBA (Vice Chair)
– International Bar Association (IBA) / American Bar Association (ABA) / Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) / LAWASIA / Asian Society of International Law
– Association for Creating Beautiful Port of Yokohama (Vice President)
– NPO Entertainment Lawyers Network (Executive Director)
– NPO Personal Data Protection Council (Auditor)
– Japan Cosmetic Center / Chamber of Commerce of Yokohama / Yokohama Indian Center / America Japan Society Yokohama

【Articles & Publications】
– “Legal Practice for AI Business” (Co-author, 2017)
– “New Act on Protection of Personal Information” (Co-author, 2017)
– “Legal Practice in New Era of Internet” (Co-author, 2017)
– “Bio Innovation and Legal Practice” (Co-author, 2014)
– “Introduction of General Provision on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions – Fair Use in Japan” (2010)
– “Intellectual Law in Vietnam” (Co-author, 2010)
– “Overseas Development of Content Business” (2009)
– “Foreign Laws for Unfair Competition Prevention – 12 Countries’ Legal Systems and Practices” (Co-author, 2008 – 2010)
– “U.S. Entertainment Law” (1998 – 2004)


Takeo NISHIWAKI

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takeo.nishiwaki@ripple-law.com

【Education】
1994  Graduated from Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Law
1996  Completed judicial training at Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court, registered as lawyer
2001  Master of Laws, University of Washington (LL.M.)

【Experience】
1996-2004  Nakagawa & Takashina Law Office (now Clifford Chance (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo))
2001-2002  Marshall Suzuki Law Group (San Francisco)
2004-2007  Nike, Inc. (Japan)
February 2007-March 2008  Sidley Austin LLP (Tokyo)
April 2008-July 2012  Atsumi & Sakai (during that time, seconded to Cisco Systems)
August 2012-June 2018  Nishiwaki Law Office
July 2018~  Ripple Partners


Takayuki USUI

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CAREER SUMMARY
Twenty-year experience as attorney at law.
Practiced at two major law firms, including Nishimura & Asahi, the largest law firm in Japan, and provided legal services to clients such as Amazon Japan (for their localization), Mizuho Securities (for their structured finances), and Development Bank of Japan (“DBJ”) (for their foreign loan and investment business to countries and regions including China and Hong Kong).
On pro-bono basis, consulted immigration and domestic matters of Chinese citizens in Japan.

EDUCATION
-Renmin University of China, Law, LL.M, 2020
-Duke University, Law, LL.M, 2003
-University of Tokyo, Law, LL.B, 1993

AWARDS
– Renmin University of China International Student Scholarship Academic Achievement 1st Prize
– Renmin University of China Outstanding International Student Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS / QUALIFICATIONS
-Passed Hong Kong’s Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination, February 2017
-State of New York Bar, September 2004
-Japan Federation of Bar Associations and Daini Tokyo Bar Association, April 1998

PUBLIC INTEREST ACTIVITIES
Vice Chairman of International Committee (2012- present), Daini Tokyo Bar Association
-successfully negotiated and concluded with Taipei Bar Association an Agreement on introduction of lawyers (2014 – 2018) and with Society of Indian Law Firms a Friendship Agreement (2015)
– acted as translator and interpreter at joint conferences with Taipei Bar Association (2013 – 2019)
– provided lectures on business succession at Renmin University Law School (2017), on the roles of inhouse lawyers at joint conference with Seoul Bar Association (2014)

PUBLICATIONS
Friction Among Chinese Competition Law and Protection of National Brands, Industrial Policy, The Asahi Shinbun Astand (2010) http://astand.asahi.com/magazine/judiciary/outlook/2010080900015.html
– Corporate Governance of Banking Organizations in the United States and in Japan, 28 Del. J. Corp. L. 563, 597 (2003)


Yasuko KUROYANAGI


Akito ISHISAKI


Yuko MORITA 

【Education 】
– Ohio University, OH USA  (MA in International Studies)
– Tsuda College, Tokyo (BA)

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