Rika focuses on advising Japanese multinational companies on corporate and M&A transactions. She advises Japanese and international clients on their M&A transactions in and out of Japan, as well as supporting their day-to-day commercial projects. Rika has extensive knowledge of multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, and is adept at leading a team of expert lawyers across the firm's network.

    During her more than 20-year career as a corporate M&A lawyer in international law firms in London and Tokyo, Rika has experience of working on secondment at a major Japanese law firm and the export-credit agency of Japan.

    She is recommended as a Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A in the Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific guides, as well as other leading legal directories, with a track record in leading multi-jurisdictional deals, particularly across Europe.

    Rika is ranked as a leading practitioner in the leading legal directories. Prior to joining our Tokyo office she headed the corporate practice of the Tokyo office of a global law firm.

    Rika is a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association.

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    • Advising a major US listed corporation on the sale of one of its manufacturing businesses in Japan via a competitive auction process.
    • Advising a leading global medical device manufacturer in connection with its prospective acquisition of a global medical devices company.
    • Advising a leading global IT services company on its prospective acquisition of an Asia regional service provider.
    • Advising Morgan Stanley Japan Securities Co., Ltd. on its business transfer and reorganization project, and subsequent formation of a financial holding company structure.
    • Advising Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. on the establishment of a Singapore joint venture company.
    • Advising Lehman Brothers Japan Securities Co., Ltd. on its business transfer and reorganization project.
    • Advising Sumitomo Trust & Banking Corporation on its acquisition of a major financial institution's operations in Japan.
    • Advising a leading Japanese telecommunications company on the formation of an international investment fund.
    • Advising Japanese insurance and reinsurance companies on their commercial contracts.


    • Leicester Polytechnic, Law Society Finals, 1992
    • University of Birmingham, C.P.E., 1991
    • Sophia University, B.A., 1990


    • Japan (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi), 2001
    • Hong Kong, 1997
    • England and Wales, 1994


    • English
    • Japanese
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Corporate and M&A - International firms and joint ventures, Japan
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