He is very versatile and his communication skill is very high. In any kind of work we request in any field, he can be a good intermediate between the firm’s expert in the field and us.
—Client quote appearing in Chambers Global

Taisuke Kimoto is licensed to practice law in Japan and California. His advice on U.S. corporate laws takes into account the difference between U.S. and Japanese laws.

Taisuke’s award-winning practice focuses on M&A transactions, including mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, and joint ventures. His practices also encompass (i) general corporate matters, including distribution and licensing arrangements, technology transfer agreements; (ii) real estate transaction matters; (iii) employment matters, including employee policies, discrimination and wrongful discharge matters; and (iv) dispute resolution by advising the difference between the U.S. and Japanese legal systems, and any cultural differences often embedded in cross border deals.

Taisuke is recognized by Chambers Global for Japan Corporate/M&A (Expert based abroad in USA) (2021).

Representative Experience

  • Represented Tosei Engineering Corp. in its acquisition of the Dynamic Balance Systems business line of Schmitt Industries, Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and sells high precision test and measurement products and services.
  • Represented Toridoll Holding Corporation in its acquisition of 40 percent of membership interests of a California LLC which runs a restaurant chain nationwide with an option to purchase up to 60 percent of such membership interests.
  • Represented a Japanese family-owned company with more than 140 years of history in connection with the purchase of the Hercules West Campus in Playa Vista, California for at least $250 million in December 2016, which was the 6th largest real estate transaction in the Los Angeles area in 2016.

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  • M&A transactions
    • Represented Tokyo-listed corporations in their acquisitions of shares of U.S. corporations and/or limited liability companies, located in various states including California, Oregon, Kentucky, South Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Nevada.
    • Represented Japanese companies in their acquisitions of their assets including brands, software and patents and other technologies.
    • Acted as Underwriter's counsel for the Initial Public Offering of ADSs of a Tokyo-listed corporation on the NASDAQ Global Market.
    • Acted as a U.S. legal counsel for major Japanese financial institutions in their acquisition finance in relation to borrower's tender offer bids (TOB) against shares of Japanese corporations as well as MBOs of Japanese corporations.
  • Real Estate
    • Represented U.S. subsidiaries of Tokyo-listed corporations in their acquisitions of real properties by collaborating with U.S. corporations (in California).
    • Represented Japanese investors in their acquisitions of real property in California.
  • Employment matters
    • Represented U.S. subsidiaries of Tokyo-listed corporations to deal with wrongful termination claims.
    • Advised U.S. subsidiaries of Tokyo-listed corporations on their layoff processes.
  • Dispute resolution matters
    • Represented Japanese companies in relation to several Proposition 65 violation claims.
    • Represented a U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company in relation to a civil investigative demand from FTC as well as a class action litigation regarding California 17200 regulation.
    • Represented a U.S. retail corporation in its claim against an insurance company in relation to any loss due to the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake under its Business Interruption Insurance.
    • Assisted a Japanese manufacturing corporation for a litigation case in Los Angeles in breach of fiduciary duty of a director.
    • Represented a U.S. subsidiary of a Tokyo-listed corporation in its collection of its sold equipment located in Mississippi due to a customer's default of payment.

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by Chambers Global for Japan Corporate/M&A (Expert based abroad in USA) (2021).
  • Executive Officer and Vice President, Japan Business Association of Southern California (2012 and 2021) and Vice President, JBA Foundation (2012)
  • “Recent Trends in U.S. M&A Transactions,” The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, Japan, May, 2017.

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  • “U.S. Litigation – Focusing on Employment Issues,” Japan External Trade Organization, Torrance, CA, January, 2016
  • Associations
    • Member, Daini Tokyo Bar Associations
    • Member, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
    • Member, International Law Section of the State Bar of California (2011 – 2015)
    • Executive Officer and Vice President, Japan Business Association of Southern California (2012 and 2021)
    • Vice President, JBA Foundation (2012)
    • Board of Directors, Japanese American Bar Association (2015)
    • UCLA School of Law LL.M. Ambassador
  • Speaking Engagements
    • “Reopening to a New Normal: Practical and Legal Considerations for Deciding Whether Your Business is Ready,” TOP Group/Pillsbury Joint Webinar, Online, June 11, 2020.
    • “Recent Trends in U.S. M&A Transactions and CFIUS Review,” Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo, Japan, October 2019.
    • "U.S. Litigation Seminar," Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Tokyo, Japan, November 2015, November 2016, October 2017, October 2019.
    • “Doing Business with Asia: Developments in Trade, IP, Investment and Dispute Settlement,” Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA, September 2019.
    • “Locked Box Provisions” Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Singapore, April 2019.
    • “Medical Equipment Seminar,” Johokiko Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, January 2019.
    • “Post-Acquisition Integration,” Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Manilla, the Philippines, March 2018.
    • “Recent Trends in U.S. M&A Transactions,” Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Japan, May, 2017.
    • “California’s Proposition 65,” Japan External Trade Organization, Torrance, CA, October 2016.
    • "What We Should Know to Prepare for Litigation in the United States," Bridge USA Seminar, Torrance, CA, May, 2015, June, 2016, June, 2017.
    • “U.S. Litigation – Focusing on Employment Issues,” Japan External Trade Organization, Torrance, CA, January, 2016
    • “Doing Business in the U.S.," Japan Business Association Seminar, Torrance, CA, September, 2014.
    • "Doing Business in Asia,” Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program, Palo Alto, CA, July, 2013.
    • “Reading the Tea Leaves,” MCLE Day 2013, Los Angeles, CA, January, 2013.
    • “10 Things Japanese companies should know in order to prepare for litigation in the United States,” Japan Business Association Seminar, Torrance, CA, June, 2011.
  • Firm Publications
    • Doing Business in the United States, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 2016
    • Supreme Court of Japan Rules on Arbitrators' Duty to Disclose Potential Conflicts, Authors: Thomas G. Allen, Taisuke Kimoto, Jorge Vera, Takahiro Hayase, 01/30/18

Education

  • LL.M., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2007

    LL.B., Keio University Department of Law, 1999

Admissions

  • California

    Japan