Lawyers

Experienced. Multinational. Professional.

We are a team of Japanese and German attorneys with many years of experience in cross-border transactions for multinational clients. Due to our strong interaction as a multinational team, we are able to address legal matters from different perspectives, combining the knowledge of skilled Japanese attorneys with the viewpoint of foreign legal experts and their understanding of overseas clients requirements. When handling cross-border enquiries we always work in teams to ensure seamless communication with the German and Japanese counterparties involved at the client’s end. Adding entrepreneurial thinking to our legal expertise we aim to establish a close relationship with our clients to secure their legal interests when realizing their economic goals.

Thomas Witty

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)

Katsuaki Matsutome

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Ulrich Kirchhoff, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law, New York)

Yutaka Nakagawa

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Keiko Ishikawa

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Dr. Tobias Schiebe, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)

Britta Sueltz

Rechtsanwältin (Attorney-at-Law)

Kenichi Takasugi

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Dr. Carmen Appenzeller, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin (Attorney-at-Law)

Thomas Witty

Thomas Witty

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)

Thomas Witty is a qualified German lawyer with more than 25 years of professional experience, 20 years of which as a registered foreign attorney in Japan. Thomas has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganization and general corporate and commercial law and has advised numerous public and private companies, mainly from German speaking countries, investing in Japan.

Katsuaki Matsutome

Katsuaki Matsutome

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Katsuaki Matsutome is a qualified Japanese lawyer with more than 30 years of professional experience. On a wide range of business matters, he advises clients at all stages, from negotiation to conclusion of various business transactions, and represents many foreign and domestic corporations in litigation and dispute resolution matters. Much of Katsuaki’s career has been focused on product liability and warranty cases involving European and American manufacturers from the automotive, medical and machinery industry. 

Ulrich Kirchhoff, LL.M.

Ulrich Kirchhoff, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law, New York)

Ulrich Kirchhoff’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial legal matters foreign investors face in Japan.
Having studied on 3 continents and worked in Japan for more than 14 years, Ulrich gained a global insight in the different legal concepts and cultural factors affecting business operations of foreign companies in Japan. His profound experience in Japan helps foreign clients not only to bridge communication gaps with their business partners in Japan, but also to solve legal issues in an efficient and practical manner.

Yutaka Nakagawa

Yutaka Nakagawa

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Yutaka Nakagawa is a qualified Japanese lawyer with more than 15 years of professional experience. He started his career at Abe Matsutome Law Office (currently Wada Watanabe Law Office), where he advised mostly foreign companies and their subsidiaries in Japan in corporate law and intellectual property law matters. Yutaka joined ARQIS Foreign Law Office in Tokyo in 2010 and since then is a regular advisor on corporate and commercial matters for various German companies in Japan.

Keiko Ishikawa

Keiko Ishikawa

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Keiko Ishikawa’s practice focuses on labour & employment law, commercial matters, such as dealer and distributorship agreements, government regulations in the area of food/beverage and cosmetics, as well as litigation & dispute resolution. Keiko has broad experience in labour disputes, whether in relation to employment termination, power harassment and misconduct or otherwise, as well as in the conclusion and unwinding of other continuous agreements, such as dealer and master business agreements. 

Dr. Tobias Schiebe, LL.M.

Dr. Tobias Schiebe, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)

Dr. Tobias Schiebe is a qualified German lawyer and a registered foreign attorney in Japan. Tobias’s practice in Japan focuses on labour law, data protection and compliance matters. He also advises on general corporate and commercial law, in particular company establishment and setting-up of joint ventures, and has broad experience in dealing with HR issues arising in corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. In addition, he frequently advises on a wide range of individual HR matters.

Britta Sueltz

Britta Sueltz

Rechtsanwältin (Attorney-at-Law)

Britta Sueltz’s practice areas focus on business relations between European and Japanese companies, including the negotiation, change of terms and termination of business contracts, the establishment and closure of business entities, as well as immigration and employment matters. She has broad experience in commercial and labor law, including also litigation matters. With a profound knowledge of the Japanese language and more than 10 years of practice experience in Japan, she addresses business issues both from a German and a Japanese perspective, acting as interface between business partners of different nationalities for swift and efficient, business-oriented solutions.

Kenichi Takasugi

Kenichi Takasugi

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Kenichi Takasugi provides a wide range of legal services, from establishing companies to equity financing, dispute resolution in business transactions, and labor matters. He has experience in bankruptcy civil rehabilitation petitions and trusteeships, and provides advice to clients needing to deal with insolvency procedures, be it as debtor or creditor alike. He is also well-versed in corporate housekeeping practices as well as commercial and real estate registrations.

Dr. Carmen Appenzeller, LL.M.

Dr. Carmen Appenzeller, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin (Attorney-at-Law)

Carmen Appenzeller is a German-qualified lawyer providing advice on EU and German competition law, M&A transactions and compliance issues to international companies operating in the automotive, finance and manufacturing sectors.
In addition to focusing on consumer law and EU law during her studies, she now closely follows the evolving trend of regulating the digital economy, AI and robotics in Europe and Japan.
Previous experience includes internships at the DG Competition of the EU Commission in Brussels and at the Japan Fair Trade Commission. Before joining ARQIS Foreign Law Office, she studied Japanese with a scholarship granted by the German Academic Exchange Service.

Thomas Witty

Thomas Witty

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)

Thomas Witty is a qualified German lawyer with more than 25 years of professional experience, 20 years of which as a registered foreign attorney in Japan. Thomas has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganization and general corporate and commercial law and has advised numerous public and private companies, mainly from German speaking countries, investing in Japan.

Katsuaki Matsutome

Katsuaki Matsutome

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Katsuaki Matsutome is a qualified Japanese lawyer with more than 30 years of professional experience. On a wide range of business matters, he advises clients at all stages, from negotiation to conclusion of various business transactions, and represents many foreign and domestic corporations in litigation and dispute resolution matters. Much of Katsuaki’s career has been focused on product liability and warranty cases involving European and American manufacturers from the automotive, medical and machinery industry. 

Ulrich Kirchhoff, LL.M.

Ulrich Kirchhoff, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law, New York)

Ulrich Kirchhoff’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial legal matters foreign investors face in Japan.
Having studied on 3 continents and worked in Japan for more than 14 years, Ulrich gained a global insight in the different legal concepts and cultural factors affecting business operations of foreign companies in Japan. His profound experience in Japan helps foreign clients not only to bridge communication gaps with their business partners in Japan, but also to solve legal issues in an efficient and practical manner.
Yutaka Nakagawa

Yutaka Nakagawa

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Yutaka Nakagawa is a qualified Japanese lawyer with more than 15 years of professional experience. He started his career at Abe Matsutome Law Office (currently Wada Watanabe Law Office), where he advised mostly foreign companies and their subsidiaries in Japan in corporate law and intellectual property law matters. Yutaka joined ARQIS Foreign Law Office in Tokyo in 2010 and since then is a regular advisor on corporate and commercial matters for various German companies in Japan.

Keiko Ishikawa

Keiko Ishikawa

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Keiko Ishikawa’s practice focuses on labour & employment law, commercial matters, such as dealer and distributorship agreements, government regulations in the area of food/beverage and cosmetics, as well as litigation & dispute resolution. Keiko has broad experience in labour disputes, whether in relation to employment termination, power harassment and misconduct or otherwise, as well as in the conclusion and unwinding of other continuous agreements, such as dealer and master business agreements. 

Dr. Tobias Schiebe, LL.M.

Dr. Tobias Schiebe, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)

Dr. Tobias Schiebe is a qualified German lawyer and a registered foreign attorney in Japan. Tobias’s practice in Japan focuses on labour law, data protection and compliance matters. He also advises on general corporate and commercial law, in particular company establishment and setting-up of joint ventures, and has broad experience in dealing with HR issues arising in corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. In addition, he frequently advises on a wide range of individual HR matters.

Britta Sueltz

Britta Sueltz

Rechtsanwältin (Attorney-at-Law)

Britta Sueltz’s practice areas focus on business relations between European and Japanese companies, including the negotiation, change of terms and termination of business contracts, the establishment and closure of business entities, as well as immigration and employment matters. She has broad experience in commercial and labor law, including also litigation matters. With a profound knowledge of the Japanese language and more than 10 years of practice experience in Japan, she addresses business issues both from a German and a Japanese perspective, acting as interface between business partners of different nationalities for swift and efficient, business-oriented solutions.

Kenichi Takasugi

Kenichi Takasugi

Attorney-at-Law (Japan qualified)

Kenichi Takasugi provides a wide range of legal services, from establishing companies to equity financing, dispute resolution in business transactions, and labor matters. He has experience in bankruptcy civil rehabilitation petitions and trusteeships, and provides advice to clients needing to deal with insolvency procedures, be it as debtor or creditor alike. He is also well-versed in corporate housekeeping practices as well as commercial and real estate registrations.

Dr. Carmen Appenzeller, LL.M.

Dr. Carmen Appenzeller, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin (Attorney-at-Law)

Carmen Appenzeller is a German-qualified lawyer providing advice on EU and German competition law, M&A transactions and compliance issues to international companies operating in the automotive, finance and manufacturing sectors.
In addition to focusing on consumer law and EU law during her studies, she now closely follows the evolving trend of regulating the digital economy, AI and robotics in Europe and Japan.
Previous experience includes internships at the DG Competition of the EU Commission in Brussels and at the Japan Fair Trade Commission. Before joining ARQIS Foreign Law Office, she studied Japanese with a scholarship granted by the German Academic Exchange Service.