City-Yuwa Partners

Marunouchi Mitsui Building
2-2-2 Marunouchi
+81 3 6212 5572
+81 3 6212 5700

About City-Yuwa Partners

Formed on 1 February 2003 in Tokyo, City-Yuwa Partners is one of Japan’s pre-eminent law firms with 140 legal professionals providing a full range of diversified legal services.

Practice Areas

City-Yuwa’s attorneys are knowledgeable in a wide range of legal areas, with particular expertise in corporate law, international banking and finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, investments, real estate, intellectual property, antitrust, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and virtually all aspects of international and domestic business transactions. Attorneys at City-Yuwa work across the practice areas in a flexible manner to help our clients achieve their goals.

Corporate and commercial

City-Yuwa provides a broad range of legal services to promptly and adequately serve the needs of clients on various legal issues pertaining to their businesses by drawing upon the firm’s experience, achievements and resources from our practices in addition to the latest legal expertise.

Finance, securities and insurance

City-Yuwa has long represented and advised domestic and international banks, securities firms, insurance companies and other non-banking financial companies in a broad range of transactions in relation to finance, securities and insurance. Finance lawyers at City-Yuwa are active in banking, structured finance, capital markets, asset management, investment trusts, funds, lease transactions, derivatives transactions, insurance, regulatory and dispute resolution in financial transactions.

Mergers and acquisitions

City-Yuwa has continued to provide clients with expertise in M&A and is committed to organising our team of attorneys to reflect the specific needs of our clients’ broad range of business activities. We have had the honor to provide our M&A legal services to diverse clients in a broad range of businesses, including listed companies in Japan, foreign investors, private equity funds and other investment funds, domestic and foreign financial advisers, and individual investors, and has been proud to give well-suited advice to our clients according to their various needs.

Real estate

The scope of our real estate services is most extensive among law firms in Japan, largely owing to our accumulation of know-how in our role as counsel for Japan’s leading real estate brokers and our intimate knowledge of every issue related to real estate transactions. The real estate practice at City-Yuwa Partners includes sale and lease transactions, real estate finance, J-REITs (listed real estate investment funds) and other real estate funds, and resolution of disputes through litigation and other proceedings. Capitalising on its know-how, City-Yuwa is well positioned to provide services in every aspect of real estate transactions and disputes

Bankruptcy and restructuring

City-Yuwa has a broad range of experience in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring. City-Yuwa represents debtors, creditors, sponsors, investors, suppliers and other business entities in restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Our experience covers a range of various industries, including manufacturing, retailing, construction, real estate, leisure (such as golf courses) and hospitality (including hotels).


City-Yuwa provides a wide range of dispute resolution services to resolve complicated commercial disputes through litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR and enforcement actions.

Intellectual property and information technology

What makes City-Yuwa’s practice in intellectual property and information technology so special is that it has substantial experience in a number of large-scale, complex, and technologically sophisticated patent litigation matters. Our attorneys also regularly assist clients in licensing, technology transfer, corporate patent strategy, evaluation of essential patents for patent pool licensing programmes of standard technology patents. 

Labour and employment

City-Yuwa’s lawyers have extensive experience providing domestic and foreign companies with practical and professional advice on various employment law matters by taking into account the characteristics and corporate structure of companies.  


City-Yuwa Partners provides comprehensive legal services in the area of corporate compliance.

Antitrust and competition

City-Yuwa has dealt with a wide range of cases relating to antitrust and competition issues. City-Yuwa is capable of handling legal advice, review of contracts, assistance in developing compliance programs, preparation for discussions with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), and countermeasures against enforcement action by the JFTC.

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