Practice Areas

Corporate

Umegae Chuo’s founding partner, Tsuneyo Yamada, has worked tirelessly over the last thirty years for the establishment of corporate governance for Japanese companies.
Umegae Chuo has been a pioneer in the field of compliance management and firmly believes that managerial transparency in a corporation serves to strengthen the organization as a whole.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in corporate law. They have served as auditors of published companies, as well as, representing directors of corporations in derivative suits.
Umegae Chuo is now expanding our practice in the field of internal business renovation, while continuing to guide our clients on issues such as management of shareholders meetings, hostile takeover defenses; including rights plans, employment issues and antitrust.

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Finance

The area of finance faces some of the strictest government regulation of any field, and financial institutions are expected to be in compliance with these regulations at all times.
Umegae Chuo’s lawyers work with a large number of financial institutions to ensure their compliance with complex regulations such as: The Security Exchange Law, The Investment Law, The Banking Act, and The Insurance Business Act, just to name a few.
We regularly assist our clients in the establishment and licensing of foreign investment and servicer companies, structuring sophisticated loans and bridge loans; and advise on issues of risk management, credit management, distribution of financial products, and inducement restriction.
It is a testament to Umegae Chuo’s strength in the financial sector that our lawyers have served as counsel for several large national banks and recently have been involved with Advanced Project Finance and Private Finance Initiative.

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Business Transactions

Umegae Chuo has vast experience throughout the field of business transactions. We have helped many businesses expand by planning mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases and share transfers, including purchases of foreign companies.
Our lawyers possess ample knowledge and experience dealing with antitrust law and security transaction law and regulation to guide our clients through important business decisions.
We have represented corporations concerning their long term M&A strategy, and also advised companies regarding the necessity of disclosure of corporate information and requirements of tender offers, as well as, conducted many initial public offerings.
Umegae Chuo also has extensive experience in the establishment, development and expansion of several franchise networks based in Osaka.
Among our clients are popular restaurant chains, liquor chains and distribution chains.
Our experience in the realm of franchising gives us an understanding of the special considerations necessary to meet the needs of the franchisor and franchisee alike.

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Real Estate

Umegae Chuo’s lawyers have represented clients in a variety of real estate matters including landlord- tenant disputes, construction defect litigation, and purchases and sales of real estate. Our lawyers are also experienced in advising clients on cost-effective property management.
Umegae Chuo will work diligently with you throughout the process of purchasing and selling property to ensure that your transaction is completed expeditiously and without incident.

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Bankruptcy and Reorganization

Umegae Chuo understands the difficult position facing companies in financial distress. Our lawyers have the experience to work with clients to making tough decisions such as whether or not to remain in business. Whether your company chooses to file for bankruptcy and needs guidance through the process, or chooses to privately reorganize and negotiate with a financial institution, we have the experience to guide you. For over thirty years, our lawyer’s knowledge of the financial industry has delivered effective resolution to our client’s financial needs.

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Cross-Border Transactions

At Umegae Chuo, we have the knowledge and experience to handle all types of cross border transactions. Our attorneys provide clients with a wide range of services, from drafting and reviewing agreements to engaging in negotiations with opposing counsel. We have represented clients, including foreign companies, on issues including M&A, joint venture, and distributorship licensing. Our expertise in international commerce will help successfully guide your business from start to finish in your transaction.

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Tax Law

With the increasing number of tax cases being litigated in Japan, Umegae Chuo is in a unique position, through its collaboration with one of the most prestigious tax accounting firms in Japan, to provide clients with expert advice on a variety of taxation issues. Our lawyers have the expertise to push through dead locked negotiations with the government, to deliver solutions to our clients needs. Our practice includes transfer pricing taxation and tax litigation.

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