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Yuji Ogiwara is Co-Chair of the Japan Practice and focuses his practice on various kinds of disputes (including risk management practice), corporate and employment-related matters, employment litigation, labor negotiations, investigations and compliance matters. He is a litigator with more than 20 years of experience advising multinational companies on international employment law and corporate risk management challenges, and also advises multinational headquarters on cross-border strategies addressing international employment law challenges. He advises clients on a broad range of issues, including corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial trade, and the antitrust issues that arise from unfair trade practices.




  • Represented multinational white goods corporation from its acquisition of a Japanese corporation's consumer appliances business in Japan and Southeast Asia.°
  • Represented Japanese subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical company, on issues relating to non-compete and confidentiality provisions in the former employment contracts of his client's employees.°
  • Represented global pharmaceutical company before the Japanese labor tribunal over collective bargaining issues that arose in relation to its sale of a business division to a private equity firm.°
  • Represented global automotive supplier in its acquisition of the Japanese subsidiary of a German automotive manufacturer.°

  • Represented Japanese food and beverage operator in JPY27 billion dispute concerning payment of the purchase price of shares arising out of the sale of a business unit.°
  • Represented Japanese subsidiary of a leading French automotive parts manufacturer in breach of warranty and tort claims for product defect liability against a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer.°
  • Represented U.S.-based clothing retailer and its wholly owned subsidiary in Japan, against alleged breach of contract claims involving the Japanese and Korean luxury goods apparel markets, in the Tokyo District Court.°
  • Represented claimants, manufacturers of medical equipment, in a dispute with a Japanese joint venture partner, concerning trade debts and breaches of the joint venture agreement.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Ogiwara prior to his joining GT Tokyo Horitsu Jimusho.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in Japan, Labor & Employment Law; Litigation, 2014-2025
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide, Employment (Leading Individuals), 2016
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (Japan), 2014-2015
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide, Intellectual Property and Employment, 2014-2015
  • Listed, Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide, Employment (Leading Individuals), Band 1, 2013-2015
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide, Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution, 2013-2014
  • Member, Daini Tokyo Bar Association
  • Member, ACCJ (The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan)


  • LL.B., University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • English