宇都宮・清水・陽来法律事務所

Junko UTSUNOMIYAPartner

宇都宮 純子

  Founding partner at Utsunomiya Shimizu & Haruki.
  Admitted to the Bar both in Japan and in the State of New York, U.S.A.
  During her first career as a lawyer at a leading law firm in Japan for 11 years, she advised non-Japanese and Japanese corporations in a wide range of corporate matters, with an emphasis on domestic or cross-border merger and acquisition cases. Through being deeply involved in various corporate activities as an outside legal advisor, as a seconded employee for Tokyo Stock Exchange and as an independent director/auditor for some corporations, she developed an empathy with management’s and business teams’ feelings. She therefore went on to found UTSUNOMIYA & SHIMIZU, the forerunner of UTSUNOMIYA, SHIMIZU & HARUKI, aiming to work more closely with management and business teams in order to provide more flexible and accessible legal services to her clients.

Bar Associations and Membership of Another Organization

Admitted to New York State Bar Association (2006) (Registered as Junko MORITA)
Admitted to Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (2004)
Member of Private International Law Association of Japan

Education

1996Bachelor of Laws, Tokyo University (Tokyo, Japan)
2005LL.M. Columbia Law School (New York, U.S.A.)

Professional Experience

2000Joined Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (Tokyo, Japan) (-2011)
2007Seconded to Tokyo Stock Exchange (-2009)
2011Founded Utsunomiya Law Office
2012Assumed Office of Independent Statutory Auditor at ZOZO, Inc. (formerly know as STARTTODAY CO., LTD.) (3092, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2013Joined the faculty at Hosei University Law School (International Transaction Law) (-2016)
2013Assumed Office of Independent Statutory Auditor at Solasto Corporation (6107, Tokyo Stock Exchange)(-2020)
2013Assumed Office of Independent Director at Adventure Inc.(6030, Tokyo Stock Exchange)(-2020)
2015Member of the Legal Committee of JAPAN PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE (JPBL)
2015Founded Utsunomiya & Shimizu
2018Founded Utsunomiya Shimizu & Haruki
2018Assumed Office of Independent Statutory Auditor at RAKSUL INC. (4384, First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange) (-2019)
2019Assumed Office of Independent Director (Audit and Supervisory Committee member) at RAKSUL INC. (4384, First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2020Assumed Office of Independent Director at Heiwa Real Estate Co., Ltd. (8803, First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2021Assumed Office of Independent Director (Audit and Supervisory Committee Member) at PeptiDream Inc.(4587, First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2021Assumed Office of Member of the Administrative Board at Japan Rugby League One

Practice Area

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)/Reorganizations, Private Equity/Venture Capital, Legal Support for Start-up Companies, Risk and Crisis Management/Compliance, International Commercial Transactions, Corporate Governance, Civil and Commercial Disputes, General Corporate.

Publications

No. 1834, Shojihomu, “Outline of Listing System for Listing of Class Share with Voting Rights”
No. 1868, Shojihomu, “Outline of Report issued by Conference for Improvement of Listing System of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Improvement of Market Environment, etc., reliable for use by Investors.”

Seminars

December 2017 “Executive Performance-Based Compensation to enhance long-term corporate value – New Stock Compensation,” hosted by Chamber of Professional Accountants in Business of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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