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Thomas Witty

Attorney-at-Law

Lawyer

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

Languages

German, English, Japanese

Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • Inter Pacific Bar Association
  • Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association
  • German-Japanese Lawyers’ Association (Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung)

E-Mail

Address and Phone

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 23F
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-6123
Japan

Phone: +81-3-6438-2770
Fax: +81-3-6438-2777

Thomas Witty

Attorney-at-law

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

Languages

German, English, Japanese

Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • Inter Pacific Bar Association
  • Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association
  • German-Japanese Lawyers’ Association (Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung)

E-Mail

Address and Phone

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 23F
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-6123
Japan

T +81-3-6438-2770
F +81-3-6438-2777

Profile

Thomas Witty is a qualified German lawyer with more than 30 years of professional experience, 25 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. He is a regular lecturer on various legal topics of interest to foreign investors in Japan and also the representative of the German-Japanese Lawyers Association (DJJV) in Tokyo.

Graduated from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in the faculty of law in 1986 and after a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Organization (DAAD) in Japan he was admitted as attorney in Düsseldorf in 1992. Having joined the multidisciplinary firm Haarmann Hemmelrath in Düsseldorf in the same year, he moved to Tokyo in 1995 where he stays ever since. Thomas is a founding partner of ARQIS and managing partner of ARQIS Foreign Law Office.

Vita

  • 1986 Law degree from Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
  • 1987 – 1989 Two-year scholarship in Japan (DAAD)
  • 1992 – 1995 Attorney at Haarmann Hemmelrath, Düsseldorf
  • 1995 – 2005 Attorney and partner at Haarmann Hemmelrath, Tokyo
  • 2006 Founding partner of ARQIS and managing partner of ARQIS Foreign Law Office in Tokyo
  • 2008 – 2020 Adjunct Professor for Business Law at University of Tsukuba MBA Program in International Business
  • Japan representative of German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV)

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