Major Practice Areas
International Practice / Information Technology / Data Protection (Personal Information Protection Act, GDPR, etc.) / Corporate / Restructuring and Insolvency / Europe / North America / Trading Companies
Other Practice Areas
Mergers & Acquisitions / Antitrust and Competition Law
Attorney at Law Admitted in New York, U.S.A.
Japanese / English


Ryosuke Naka has been handling a number of cross-border transactions. He has studied abroad in the U.S. and Germany, and after coming back to Japan, his practice has focused on GDPR-related advisory matters to a considerable extent. As a member of the European Practice Group, he has been assisting in European and cross-border M&A, as well as both inbound and outbound affairs. Mr. Naka also handles matters in the areas of general corporate law, antitrust law, bankruptcy law, dispute resolution, and other areas. Based on his experience of being seconded to a leading Japanese trading firm and leading foreign-based consumer goods company, he is able to provide practical and direct advice to his clients in accordance with their needs and requests.

Work Highlights

  • Acquisition of European company by a leading Japanese company
  • Acquisition of assets of a subsidiary of a leading U.S. company by a leading Japanese company
  • A number of advisory matters regarding Japanese subsidiaries of European corporations
  • Withdrawal of a subsidiary in Brazil by a leading Japanese parent company
  • Dispute over system development among leading Japanese companies

Education & Professional Career

Jan 2019 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
Jan 2018 – Mar 2018Visiting attorney at Taylor Wessing (Düsseldorf Office, Germany)
Oct 2017 – Dec 2017Seconded to Herbert Smith Freehills (Düsseldorf Office, Germany)
Aug 2017 – Sep 2017Visiting attorney at Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)
May 2017Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
Nov 2011 – Apr 2014 Seconded to a private company (major Japanese trading and investment company)
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 2007Kyoto University Law School (J.D.)
Mar 2005Kyoto University (LL.B.)

Other Activities

2018 – PresentJETRO Overseas Business Development Expert (Standards and Certification: GDPR)