Atsushi Yamashita

Senior Partner

Atsushi Yamashita’s practice ranges from disputes on international and domestic commercial transactions including international commercial arbitration procedures, labor disputes (mainly acting for employers), civil and criminal litigation regarding white-collar crimes, M&A and corporate reorganizations, general corporate matters, Anti-Monopoly Law-related matters (in particular, investigations of Japanese companies by foreign authorities), dealing with aircraft accidents, and investigations regarding intra-company compliance.

Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2015:
“Atsushi Yamashita represents clients in both litigation and arbitration, and is routinely called upon to handle commercial, civil and white-collar crime matters. ‘He understands our business well, and his response is very quick,’ commented an impressed client.”


Attorney at Law


Japan (1988)


Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

Professional Experience

2014 – present

Sonderhoff & Einsel, Law and Patent Office

2019 – present

Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. External Auditor

2015 – 2018

Kuroda Electric Co., Ltd. External Director

2011 – 2014

K&L Gates Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

2001 – 2011

Clifford Chance Law Office

1988 – 2001

Tanaka & Takahashi Law Office



University of Washington School of Law (LL.M.)


University of Tokyo (LL.B.)


“License Requirements under Japanese Law on Fund Securities Issued in Foreign Markets” (No. 1989 of Commercial Legal Affairs, Shouji-houmu, Co-authors) 2013


“Corporate Action against US Anti-trust Prosecution – Review from the De Facto Jurisdiction of Procedures for Criminal Charges and Their Background” (No. 1010 of NBL, Authors: Keiji Isaji and Atsushi Yamashita) October 2013


“Corporate Pension – A Big Issue for Welfare Pension Fund” (New Business Law) October 2012


“Corporate Pensions –Issues of Employees’ Pension Funds” (No. 987 of NBL) October 2012


“Jurisdiction by Japanese courts over foreign-related matters” (No. 10, Volume 9 of ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL, Co-author: Atsushi Yamashita) December 2011


“Discussion on Governance with a Question Mark” (No. 557 of Nenkin Joho) March 2011


A series of articles on Nenkin Joho from 2003 through 2007 and from 2011 through 2013


“A Comparison of Boilerplate Used in English Contracts – With a Focus on Japanese and New York Law” (Seminar for Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association) July 2017


“The Commonalities and Differences Between Japanese Law and German Law (Which Has Been Viewed as Being Similar to Japanese Law)” (the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. (Kokusaishojiho-Kenkyusho)) July 2017


“The Advantages in Investing in Germany, and Basic Knowledge of the German Tax System, Corporate Structure, and Labor Law” (the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. (Kokusaishojiho-Kenkyusho)) April 2017


“Competition Law Seminar 2014: Enforcement of Law on International Cartel Regulation – How Can Asian Companies Deal with This from the Viewpoint of US, EU and Japan?” (Seminar in cooperation with the Japan Institute for Overseas Investment, Keiji Isaji and Atsushi Yamashita) Tokyo, 2014


“Alternative dispute resolution in North America and Asia: A comparative examination” (IATA Legal Symposium 2014, Panelist) San Francisco, 2014


“Latest Legal Issues regarding Corporate Pensions – Issues regarding Trustee’s Responsibility Placed in Judicial Precedents and Whether the System May be Changed” (Kinyu Facsimile Shinbun Seminar) Tokyo, 2010


“Meaning and Issues regarding ‘Representations and Warranties’ Provisions in M&A and Asset Assignment Agreements” (Shouji-Houmu Business Law School) Tokyo, 2007


“Various Issues regarding Labour-Management Relations and Pensions in Corporate Reorganisation, M&A, etc.” (Kinyu Facsimile Shinbun Seminar) Tokyo, 2006


“Dealing with Labour-Management Relations including Corporate Pensions in Corporate Reorganisation and M&A” (Shouji-Houmu Business Law School) Tokyo, 2004


Japanese, English