Major Practice Areas
International Practice / Mergers & Acquisitions / Information Technology / Data Protection (Personal Information Protection Act, GDPR, etc.) / Intellectual Property / Dispute Resolution / Environment / Europe / North America / Southeast Asia
Other Practice Areas
Attorney at Law Admitted in France and New York, U.S.A.
Japanese / French / English


Miyako Ikuta is a Partner of Kitahama Partners, mainly handling cross-border cases. She is admitted to practice law in Japan, as well as in France and the State of New York, and has been dealing with inbound and outbound investment matters, utilizing her practical experience of working in France, Vietnam, and New York. She has extensive experience in M&A transactions, mainly relating to Europe, as well as intellectual property license agreements, corporate transactions, such as distribution agreements, international dispute resolution, such as international arbitration and bankruptcy, and recently, she has been handling global compliance matters, such as those involving the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is also very experienced with corporate governance matters, serving as an outside auditor for listed companies.

Work Highlights

  • Acquisition of an European company by a leading Japanese manufacturer
  • Merger with a multinational corporate group of leading European manufacturers
  • Dealing with Europe-related legal matters for a leading Japanese service provider
  • International arbitration (JCAA, ICC)
  • International bankruptcy matters

Education & Professional Career

Jan 2015 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
May 2012Joined Kitahama Partners
Dec 2010Graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan; Admitted to practice in Japan (Graduate of Waseda Law School)
2002 – 2012Employed at a law firm dealing with international matters in Tokyo (Except for the one-year training period as a legal apprentice in Yokohama)
Jan 2001Admitted to practice in the State of New York
May 2000Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
1994 – 1999Worked in Ngo, Miguérès & Associés (law firm in France), at its Paris Office and Hanoi Office, Vietnam
Nov 1994Admitted to practice in Paris, France
1993University of Paris II, Graduate School, France (Completed DSU Commercial Law in 1990, DEA Business Law in 1992 and DESS Industrial Property in 1993)
1989Ritsumeikan University (LL.B.) (Studied at Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Tours as an exchange student for one year)

Other Activities

  • Outside Auditor, Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency
  • Outside Auditor, PCA CORPORATION
  • Outside Director (audit committee member), kaonavi, inc.
  • Member, Disputes Settlement Committee, The Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association
  • Member, Working Group for the Protection of Confidentiality of Communications between Attorney and Client, JFBA
  • Advisor to Japan DPO Association
  • Former JETRO Overseas Business Development Expert (Standards and Certification: GDPR)
  • Panelist candidate for JP Domain Name Dispute Resolution at Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center