Leadership

  • CEO Kendo Watanabe

    CEO Kendo Watanabe

    EDUCATION

    • 1995

      Hokkaido University Faculty of Law

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    • 1995-1999

      Long-Term Credit Bank
      Relation Management Division
      Money Market Division
    • 2000-2005

      SiteFlight,ltd
      (the subsidiary of one of largest HR company in Japan ‘Intelligence’)
      Managing Director(2000-2002)
      CEO(2002-2005)
    • 2006

      Founded Juristix ltd as a Management Director
      CEO(2008-)

  • Chairman, Representative Director Shuichi Suzuki

    Chairman, Representative Director Shuichi Suzuki

    EDUCATION

    • 1980

      University of Washington
      School of Law, Seattle, Washington, LL.M.
    • 1981

      Research Fellow, Asian Law Program
    • 1973

      Nagoya University
      Faculty of Law, Nagoya, Japan, LL.B.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    • 2013-2014

      Columbia Law School
      Visiting Scholar
    • 2008 to present

      Jurinavi, law school graduates’ career service site, established with grant from Ministry of Culture and Science
      Representative
    • April 2006 to present

      Hayabusa Asuka Law Office
      Of Counsel
      Representation of Japanese and foreign corporations in cross border M&A, antitrust litigation, commercial litigation, white colour crimes, and obstruction justice.
    • January 2003 to March 2006

      Kashiwagi Sogo Law Office
      Of Counsel
    • March 2003 to present

      Meiji University, Law School
      Professor of Law
      Teaching “International Transaction”, “U.S.-Japan Comparative Laws”,
      “Compliance and Risk Management”, “Legal Writing” and “Externship Programs”
    • 1995 – 2002

      Sidley & Austin, Tokyo
      Partner of Tokyo Office
    • 1989-1993

      Sidley & Austin, New York
      Of Counsel
    • 1993-2002

      Partner
      Representation of Japanese and foreign corporations in numerous M&A transactions, joint ventures, project finance (including, among others, the representation of the Japanese trading companies, ITOCHU Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation, in connection with a project finance for Petrobras, a Brazilian national petroleum company, to develop undersea oil fields), restructuring transactions, antitrust litigation and various other litigation matters.
    • 1987 – 1988

      ITOCHU International,
      a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, New York

      Legal Department
    • 1973- 1987

      ITOCHU Corporation, Tokyo
      Legal Department

    OTHER

    • BAR ADMISSIONS:

      -New York State (admitted in 1988)
      Member of American Bar Association

      -Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (admitted in 1995)
      Member of Daini Tokyo Bar Association

    • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
      -Vice-Chair, Committee on International Relation at Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2000 to 2006)
      -Member, Committee on International Activities at Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2002 to 2003)
      -Member, Bar Association Structural Reform Committee at Daini Tokyo Bar Association (2002)
      -Member, Legal Career Development Committee, The Japan Law School Association(2008 to present)

    LANGUAGE

    • Fluent in Japanese and English

    PUBLICATIONS AND OTHERS

    • “Nikkei Art”, October 1990 and March 1991″Art Transactions in the U.S.”
      “Business Law”, Vol.9 No.7 (2009 ) “Law Schools as Supply Source of In-House
      Counsels”
      “Law School Kenkyu”, No.17 (2011) “Issues of Employment of Law School Graduates”
      “Economist” 12/20 (2010) Comments on “Grim Futures of Lawyers and Accountants”
      A Commentator in NHK “Close-Up Gendai” broad casted on October 5, 2011
      An Editor, “Legal Advices in Overseas Business Development By Small and Midsize Business” Keizai Housei Shuppan (2013)