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Mika Akiyama

Registered Foreign Attorney (North Carolina, U.S.A.)

Fukuoka Office

Major Practice Areas
International Practice / North America
Attorney at Law Admitted in North Carolina, U.S.A.
Japanese / English


Mika Akiyama has had the experience of living in both the U.S. and Belgium for a total of about 13 years. Ms. Akiyama is a member of the North Carolina Bar, and has worked in the immigration practice groups of U.S. law firms, mainly handling visas for expatriates. She is currently a member of the North America Practice Group of Kitahama Partners, and she assists Japanese corporations in expanding to U.S. markets, often collaborating with U.S. law firms to conduct legal research and file various governmental applications in the U.S. She also drafts, reviews and translates agreements in both English and Japanese.

Work Highlights

  • Conducting research regarding relevant laws for a Japanese real estate company related to the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the U.S. for investment purposes
  • Matter regarding a business partnership between a Japanese chemical company and a foreign corporation
  • Matter of international inheritance involving the bank deposit of a Japanese expatriate who died abroad
  • Consultation regarding the signing of an employment contract with a non-Japanese corporation
  • Consultation regarding immigration visas for expatriate employees of Japanese corporations

Education & Professional Career

Feb 2012 Registered as a Registered Foreign Attorney (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
Jun 2011  Reactivated as a North Carolina attorney
Apr 2010 Joined Kitahama Partners
Apr 2000 – Feb 2002 Employed at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.)
Oct 1998 – Apr 2000  Employed at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.)
Aug 1998 Registered as a North Carolina attorney
Aug 1997 – Sep 1998 Employed at Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP (Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.)
Jun 1997 Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.)
Mar 1996 Kyoto University (LL.B.)
Jun 1991 The International School of Brussels (Belgium)