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Shigeki Minami

Shigeki Minami

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

+81 3 6889 7177

Languages: Japanese and English

Bar admissions: Admitted to the Bar in Japan, 1997


Shigeki Minami's practice focuses on various forms of mergers and acquisitions, including statutory reorganizations, leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs, joint ventures, strategic alliances and private equity investing. He is recognized as a specialist, especially in handling M&A matters from the aspect of tax affairs.

Mr. Minami is also an expert in general tax law matters. He regularly represents major Japanese and foreign companies in tax audits, tax disputes and competent authority procedures (including APA and MAP) with the Japanese and foreign tax authorities, and he has litigated tax cases in the National Tax Tribunals and the Japanese courts.

Mr. Minami serves as the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), and as a member of the Practice Council of International Tax Program, New York University School of Law.

Practice areas

  • General Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • Tax Advice and Planning
  • Tax Disputes
  • Wealth Management/Business Succession/Inheritance

Academic qualifications and professional experience

  • The University of Tokyo (LL.B.), 1994
  • Admitted to bar in Japan, 1997
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Corporate Law), 2002
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Tax Law), 2003
  • Masuda & Ejiri, New York, 2003-2004
  • Visiting Professor in tax law, LEC Graduate School of Accountancy, 2005-present
  • Adjunct Lecturer in civil law seminar, The University of Tokyo2006, 2008 and 2009
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, 2007-
  • Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, 2009-present
  • Adjunct Lecturer in law and economics, The University of Tokyo, 2010-present
  • Visiting Professor in Tax Law, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, 2016-present
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Tax Law, Sophia Law School, 2017-present
Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu

Atsushi Shibata


TradeTax International Tax & Accounting (Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Sri Lanka)

+81 3 3264 5271

Languages: Japanese and English

Qualifications: Tax Attorney, Certified Customs Specialist, JETRO Trade Adviser


Atsushi Shibata's practice focuses on trade, customs and international taxation.

He is active on new international trade forms, and offers services which look ahead for businesses after the COVID-19 disruption. His main business areas are tax-effective cross-border structures, investment into Asia from Western countries using regions like Singapore, Hong Kong and China, as well as ASEAN countries and Japan. Other special work includes dealing with EC trades, remote working, refund of VAT/customs duties, HS-number change and the practice of recalling/returning goods etc.

He is familiar with the finance practice as well. He is also the CEO of Bansei Holdings Co., Ltd. which owns Bansei Securities, a big giant of government bonds transaction, and Bansei Insurance, a pan-Asia bank which is a listed bank in Sri Lanka. Insurance and international taxation, minimum risk and maximum cash flow (international trade) are some of his new practices.

Practice areas

  • General corporate and corporate structures
  • Tax-effective international trade using bonded area, FTA and international taxation.
  • EC trade and remote working
  • Refund of VAT/customs duties
  • HS number change
  • Recalling/returning goods
  • Finance and asset management companies in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong

Academic qualifications and professional experience

  • Waseda University in Tokyo (LLB)
  • Graduate School of Yokohama National University in Yokohama (LLM in Business Law)
  • Graduate School of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands (LLM in EU Business Law)
  • Green-Templeton College of Oxford University in the UK (Advanced Management)
  • Graduate School of Waseda University in Tokyo (MBA in Finance)
  • Nippon Suisan Kaisha Co., Ltd.
  • IBFD (International Bureau Fiscal Documentation) in the Netherlands
  • Arthur Andersen/KPMG
  • Present: Partner of TradeTax International Tax & Accounting 
  • Present: CEO of Bansei Holdings Co., Ltd.


  • Theses: Legal Strategy on Foreign subsidiaries (Japanese)/Foreign Currency Transactions and Tax Deferrals (Japanese)/Taxation of PEs in the EU and in Japan (English)
  • Bibliography: “European VAT Law (Japanese)” / “Q&A of International Taxation (Japanese)” / “Foreign Investment Strategy of Japanese company (Japanese)” / “International Inheritance (Japanese)”
  • “Global Trade and Customs: A Practical Comparison of Major Jurisdictions” (2020) by IBFD in the Netherlands 

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