Major Practice Areas
Antitrust and Competition Law / Mergers & Acquisitions / Risk Management and Compliance / Information Technology / Data Protection (Personal Information Protection Act, GDPR, etc.) / Pharmaceuticals
Other Practice Areas
Dispute Resolution / Consumer Protection / Real Estate / Construction/Architecture


Daisuke Wakai is a Partner handling client matters in the area of competition law, including anti-monopoly law. Utilizing his working experience at the Mergers and Acquisitions Division of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Mr. Wakai has mainly provided advice and notification support regarding merger and acquisition review under Japanese anti-monopoly law. Moreover, he has been providing advice on the use of the applicable leniency policy in anti-monopoly law cases as well as anti-monopoly law compliance in daily transactions, and has been working on restrictions under the Subcontract Act, Premiums and Representation Act and other laws. His clients are from a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and trading. In addition, he has been engaged in a wide range of advisory services relating to personal data protection law, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Personal Information Protection Law in Japan.

Education & Professional Career

  • Merger and acquisition review in business integration cases involving Japanese local banks
Jan 2018 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
Apr 2014 – Mar 2017Worked in Mergers and Acquisitions Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat, Japan Fair Trade Commission
Jan 2009Joined Kitahama Partners
Dec 2008Graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan; Admitted to practice in Japan
Mar 2007Kobe University Law School (J.D.)
Mar 2004Kobe University (LL.B.)

Other Activities

2017 – PresentAdjunct Professor, Kindai University Faculty of Law (Economic Law)