2020 MARCH

HR Seminar with ARQIS – 
Japan's HR law is changing, is your company ready?

ARQIS Foreign Law Office is a Tokyo based European law firm with German roots providing hands-on legal solutions to investors in Japan and Europe for more than 25 years. Operating in a joint enterprise with the Japanese law firm TMI Associates, advisory services cover the whole range of business law, in particular corporate, commercial, M&A, data protection and labor law.

New Legislation regarding the Workstyle Reform in Japan entered into force starting from April 2019. A lot of companies are however still in the process of implementing the changes. In this seminar we provide an overview on the changes and discuss about the first experiences with the new law. This is a great opportunity also for your company’s HR to hear and recap on what changes have taken or will take place, and also to ask questions on how to implement the changes in your the company. Due to the Japanese government’s planned extension of the term of the statute of limitations for claims regarding unpaid salary from 2 years to 5 years (3 years for a transition period), the topic has more practical relevance than ever.

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Information about the speakers

Ulrich Kirchhoff (Arqis Foreign Law Office)

Ulrich Kirchhoff’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial legal matters foreign investors face in Japan. This includes the setting-up of subsidiaries and joint venture companies in Japan, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganization and liquidation, as well as dealer contracts and distribution schemes.

Having studied on 3 continents and worked in Japan for more than 14 years, Ulrich gained a global insight in the different legal concepts and cultural factors affecting business operations of foreign companies in Japan. His profound experience in Japan helps foreign clients not only to bridge communication gaps with their business partners in Japan, but also to solve legal issues in an efficient and practical manner.

Ulrich has accompanied a large number of foreign investors to set-up wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint venture companies in Japan in various industries, such as the automobile, machinery, medical, healthcare, food and fashion industry, and advised foreign blue chip and mid cap investors on a broad range of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings in the Japanese market.

Tobias Schiebe (Arqis Foreign Law Office)

Dr. Tobias Schiebe is a qualified German lawyer and a registered foreign attorney in Japan. He has been a member of ARQIS since 2011. Before joining the Tokyo office, Tobias advised domestic and international mid-size and blue-chip companies on various aspects of German and European law.

Tobias’s practice in Japan focuses on labour law, data protection and compliance matters. He also advises on general corporate and commercial law, in particular company establishment and setting-up of joint ventures, and has broad experience in dealing with HR issues arising in corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. In addition, he frequently advises on a wide range of individual HR matters.

Tobias’s academic background and legal training in Europe and the Asia-Pacific Region includes work experience in a Japanese law firm in Tokyo, the largest trade union in New Zealand and the Hamburg office of an Anglo-American law firm. In addition to his legal practice, Tobias is a frequent speaker at legal seminars for business people in Germany and Japan.

Rie Taiko (TMI Associates, joint enterprise with Arqis)

Rie Taiko provides strategic and practical counselling regarding labour and employment matters to both domestic and foreign clients in various industries such as retail, staffing, manufacturing, IT and transportation.

Ms. Taiko regularly advises in situations that can become potential disputes, such as treatment of problem employees and mass and mid-sized redundancy.  She is also excellent at handling actual labour disputes in an expeditious manner, always seeking the maximum benefit for her client while being cognizant of business needs. Her practical experience and know-how from dealing with disputes is regularly incorporated in the employment-related documents she produces and reviews, with the aim of fully protecting the client.

She lived in the United States for five years and she is fluent in English. Ms. Taiko has been recognised as a “next generation partner” for labour and employment in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2018.

Click the link on the right to read the latest newsletter from ARQIS - this time regarding consideration of labor law in the case of coronavirus

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