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Hiroki Yonekura

Partner / Attorney at Law

Osaka Office

Major Practice Areas
Tax / International Practice / Corporate / Dispute Resolution / North America / East Asia / Distribution & Retail
Other Practice Areas
Tax Inspection Witnessing / Business Succession / Inheritance
Other Qualifications
Certified Tax Accountant / Attorney at Law Admitted in New York, U.S.A.
Japanese / English


Hiroki Yonekura is a Partner in the area of tax law. As a tax lawyer, Mr. Yonekura has been deeply involved in cases relating to reorganization, business succession, and inheritance measures, as well as attending and negotiating in tax investigations, filing of tax appeals, and tax litigation. Mr. Yonekura endeavors at all times to provide clients with the best solutions and measures to prevent legal difficulties based upon his profound knowledge and experience both in legal affairs and tax matters.

Mr. Yonekura focuses his legal practice on tax law and inheritance law, and also delivers lectures to certified tax accountants and writes books and articles in relation to these laws.

Work Highlights

  • Lawsuit claiming rescission of assessment and determination concerning real estate acquisition tax
  • Negotiation in tax investigation concerning liability for real estate acquisition tax imposed on a building to be demolished
  • Negotiation in tax investigation (involving cross-border transactions, additional inheritance tax, heavy additional tax, judicial scrivener corporation, etc.)
  • Preparation of opinion letter regarding cross-border inheritance and donation
  • Negotiation in tax investigation and filing appeal in relation to the assessment of stock options
  • Preparation of opinion letter regarding the treatment of consumption tax in the payment of insurance money
  • Advice on additional corporation tax imposed upon discovery of false invoicing (fraud) by client’s employee
  • Preparation of opinion letter regarding export tax exemption
  • Business succession of a certified tax accountant office
  • Petition for intervention under the Act on Emergency Measures in a case involving violation of the Customs Act and the Consumption Tax Act brought against client
  • Various other tax and inheritance cases

Education & Professional Career

May 2010Registered as a Certified Tax Accountant
Jan 2009 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
Jan 2007Admitted to practice in the State of New York
Sep 2006Joined Kitahama Partners
May 2006Northwestern University School of Law (LL.M.)
Apr 1999Admitted to practice in Japan
Mar 1999Graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Mar 1993Ritsumeikan University (LL.B.)

Other Activities

  • Apr 2024 – Present Chairperson of Committee on Finance, Osaka Bar Association
  • Apr 2024 – Present Director of Kinki federation of Bar Associations
  • Apr 2023 – Mar2024 Director of Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Apr 2021 – Mar2024 Representative of Japan Federation of Bar Associations; Permanent member of Osaka Bar Association
  • Apr 2021 – Mar 2023 Vice Chairperson of Committee on Law Apprenticeship, Osaka Bar Association
  • Apr 2021 – Mar 2022 Vice Chairperson of Committee on Promoting Public-interest Activity, Osaka Bar Association
  • Nov2020 – Dec 2022 Judicial Examination Screening Member (in charge of tax law)
  • 2015 – 2017  Member of Taxation System Committee. Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • 2015 – 2017  Member of Tax Committee, Kinki federation of Bar Associations
  • Director of Hanwa Holdings Co., Ltd.