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Corporate Law

Seasoned California Corporate Law Attorney Serving Japanese Businesses

Lawyer with decades of experience in international law

Michino Law Office in Malibu, California serves companies engaged in international business, with particular emphasis on Japanese businesses. My firm offers general corporate and dispute resolution services for Japanese firms and their U.S. subsidiaries. I have decades of experience in this field, as well as the language and cultural skills necessary to craft workable solutions for businesses of virtually any size. I received my education in Japan, where I maintain law firm relationships, enabling me to serve my clients’ interests there and in America.

Seeking practical resolutions to labor and employment issues

I provide comprehensive labor and employment law counsel for daily legal matters and unusual challenges. I educate clients on human resources and employment policies, employment contracts, severance agreements, and much more. This is done proactively whenever possible to help avoid costly disputes. I also regularly provide employment lawsuit defense for clients in cases involving wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, and other conflicts.

Helping with corporate formation and restructuring

I have significant experience helping international clients navigate the process of forming new corporate entities and reorganizing existing businesses. I address regulatory obstacles, analyze business plans and identify pitfalls early on. Examples of issues I assist with include:

  • Entity selection (LLC, S-corporation, C-corporation and other business types)
  • Management structure
  • Licensing and regulatory approvals
  • Financing
  • Employee compensation planning
  • Planning for new investors/growth
  • Dispute resolution, including arbitration

In all business formation and restructuring scenarios, I seek to add value and reduce client costs without sacrificing quality.

Negotiating, preparing and reviewing business contracts of all types

Contracts are the foundation of business relationships, and that foundation must be exceptionally strong for companies doing international business. My Malibu law firm is available to negotiate and draft contracts for your business, or to review documents presented to you by other parties.

I am always mindful of the cultural and legal differences that can affect international contracts. Issues that I counsel clients to be particularly aware of include:

  • Identifying the contracting parties and ensuring they have authority to contract
  • Duties of each contracting party, specified in as detailed a fashion as possible (Incoterms rules, responsibility for obtaining government approvals, etc.)
  • Geographic scope
  • Language selection, dual language situations, selecting a controlling language
  • Intended currency
  • Choice of law (Japanese law, California law, etc.)

Clients of Michino Law Office can be confident that their contractual rights and obligations will be clearly explained and defined.

Effective counsel for mergers and acquisitions

My firm represents public and private companies in all phases of mergers and acquisitions, from strategic planning to managing the deal process to seeing the process through to completion. I assist clients with:

  • Mergers of U.S. subsidiaries
  • Acquisitions of U.S. companies or corporate assets
  • Divestitures
  • Recapitalization
  • Auctions
  • Takeover defense

I frequently work in cooperation with bankers and other professionals abroad and domestically to create teams that help drive the transaction to a successful completion.

Schedule a free consultation with a California corporate law attorney

Michino Law Office in Malibu, California handles all types of corporate law issues for Japanese companies doing business in America. Please call 424-346-9314 or contact me online to arrange a free consultation.

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