TMI Associates




TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki


“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”

Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Advised Airwair International on the application of the trademark registration under the brand ‘Dr. Martens’.

Dispute resolution

Work highlights

Represented Shogoin Yatsuhashi in a litigation regarding the indication of the history of the company.

Investment funds

Work highlights 

Advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management regarding Japanese stock in its negotiations and conclusions of relevant contracts with international investment managers.

Advised DNX Ventures on the formation of new fund which onboards Japanese and foreign investors.

Key clients

DBJ Asset Management, GPIF, Inclusion Japan, Nissay Asset Management Corporation

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised CVC Asia Pacific on the acquisition of Japanese tutoring service company Trygroup.

Advised Toppan Forms on its acquisition by Toppan.

Key clients

GMO Financial Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, Sakai Ovex, SDS Biotech, Showa Denko

Capital markets

Work highlights 

Advised SMBC Nikko Securities on its issuance and public offering of Samurai bonds of Maybank.

Advised República Oriental del Uruguay on the public offering of Samurai Bonds.

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Securities Asia, Tokyo Branch, European Investment Bank, Tokai Tokyo Securities, Universal Entertainment Corporation

Banking and finance

Work highlights 

Advised Japan Finance Corporation on the implementation of cross-border loans to Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.