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Mitsuharu Kataoka


Mitsuharu Kataoka's principal areas of practice are real estate, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, regulatory and general corporate.

Professional QualificationsBengoshi registered with the Daini Tokyo Bar Association


  • Advising an international development financial institution on its office lease in Tokyo, interior construction and several agreements
  • Advising a UK-based apparel and shoes brand on its joint venture for the Japanese market, import, licensing, sub-licensing, flagship store and office leases, and the like
  • Advising a US-based restaurant on its franchise and sub-franchise in the Japanese market
  • Advising a Japan-based restaurant network on its franchise arrangements in the South Korea and Taiwan markets relating to Japanese law
  • Advising a Hong Kong-based private equity fund on (i) its acquisition and sale of hotel properties and hotel operating company and financing and (ii) its acquisition of retail/commercial properties in Tokyo and financing
  • Advising a US-based health and beauty product manufacturer on its acquisition of office properties in Tokyo and on its office leases
  • Advising a Canada-based developer on its acquisition of real properties for development in Tokyo
  • Advising US-based hotel chains on their hotel management agreements, design agreements, construction agreements, lease agreements, concession agreements, and the like
  • Advising a US-based semiconductor manufacturer on the Japanese portion of its acquisition of a global parts business from a Japanese company
  • Advising an Australia-based airline on the formation of a Japanese joint venture company (including advice on antimonopoly law matters)
  • London Business School, Sloan Master of Science in Leadership and Strategy, 2012
  • University of Tokyo, B.A (Econ), 1991

Prior Experience

He worked for a textile and apparel department of a Japanese general trading company (sogo-shosha) (1991-2001, worked in Hong Kong 1994-1995) and was engaged in brand licensing, production and sale, import and export, of apparel brands.