Yuko Zaha


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Yuko Zaha handles a wide range of transactional matters and general corporate matters. She has represented Japanese, US, and Asian companies in cross-border and domestic M&A, joint venture restructuring and real estate financings. Based on her experience seconding to a Japanese subsidiary of a US company, she has an ability to advise on various legal matters related to general business operations of a company with an understanding cultural differences between Japan and a US company. She has also advised on fund-related regulations under Japanese laws and has experience in handling Japanese and US litigations.


  • Japanese


Bar Admissions

  • Japan
  • New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M.
  • The Legal Training and Research Institute, Supreme Court of Japan, Diploma
  • Waseda University, B.A.

Professional Activities


  • Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association


  • “Return of Shareholder Activist - Future Forecast and Countermeasure,” Business Law Journal, June 2016 Edition


  • “Overseas IPO Strategies for Global Japanese Companies - Singapore, - listing strategies,” Business Homu, July, September 2012

Transactional matters

  • Represented a US company of which parent company is a Japanese company on an acquisition of a US food company
  • Represented a Japanese IT development tool provider company in its acquisition by a US company
  • Represented an international electronic trading company in a joint venture restructuring with a Japanese company
  • Represented an Asian affiliated company of an international leisure company in a cross-border acquisition of a Japanese company
  • Represented a leading Japanese company on its proposed initial  public offering on a foreign stock exchange
  • Represented an Asian airline company in a securitization deal
  • Advising various funds on securities regulations

Pro Bono

  • Represented a non-profit organization in establishing and structuring microfinance funds for development projects in Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Assisted a number of small business operators in Tohoku region to set up investment funds in order to raise funds to recover from the damages of the Great East Japan Earthquake