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Lisa Yano


Lisa Yano
English, Japanese
Practice Group

Lisa Yano is a partner in Hogan Lovells' corporate team and leads the U.S. M&A practice in Tokyo. Lisa has nearly 30 years’ experience advising both Japanese and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing and other technology transactions, restructurings, and compliance and internal investigations. Her sector focus stretches across the TMT, energy and infrastructure, life sciences, aviation and consumer sectors, and she has an understanding of these sectors that enables her to take industry-specific issues into account in advising on transactions.

Lisa has had a close association with Japan throughout her career and has a nuanced understanding of the Japanese market. Early on in her career, Lisa was seconded to both Sumitomo Corporation and The Industrial Bank of Japan, providing an opportunity for her to acquire a deep understanding of how Japanese businesses function.  Decades of experience in advising Japanese companies and working in Japan allow Lisa to anticipate the challenges Japanese companies face in cross-border transactions and provide them with practical solutions to minimize risks and get deals done successfully.  Her background also enables her to provide effective, practical advice to U.S. and other international clients regarding their activities in Japan.

Lisa, who speaks Japanese,  is admitted to practice in New York and California and registered in Japan as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer). Lisa has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Kean University.

She is a co-author of Corporate Internal Investigations: An International Guide, published by the Oxford University Press. From 2006-2010, Lisa was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo School of Law, teaching courses on U.S. contract and intellectual property law.

Representative experience

Advising NTT Communications Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Secure-24, a U.S.-based provider of comprehensive managed services.

Represented Exelon in its joint venture with Japan Atomic Power Company to provide advisory services internationally to operators of nuclear power plants.

Represented leading Japanese company in connection with the acquisition, operation and divestiture of luxury fashion retail business.

Advising Amkor Technology in connection with the acquisition of a back-end process and packaging business from Toshiba and a related joint venture.

Advising online fashion retailer Gilt Groupe in connection with the introduction of its business in Japan and formation of joint venture with Softbank.

Assisting Japanese companies in real estate, recruiting, gaming and cloud services sectors in expanding their online businesses into the U.S.

Advising U.S. engineering company as participant in consortium involved in decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear reactors in Fukushima.

Advising U.S. pharmaceutical and medical device companies on the establishment and expansion of their Japanese businesses.

Advising Japanese trading company regarding several complex cross-border joint ventures in the media and broadcasting sector.

Advising Japanese company on acquisition of substantial interest in U.S. cellular communications company and subsequent divestiture.

Advising Japanese companies in strategic venture investments in U.S. automotive, telecommunications, online gaming and other sectors.

Advising Japanese technology companies regarding strategies for monetizing intellectual property assets.

Assisting Japanese technologies in achieving amicable resolution of disputes relating to intellectual property.

Advising consortium of Japanese research universities regarding U.S. export control laws as applied to academia.

Reviewing and advising on anticorruption policies and procedures for companies in various sectors; providing FCPA training.

Conducting internal investigations for a number of U.S. clients relating to activities at their Japanese subsidiaries.

Advising U.S. university regarding issues relating to campus in Japan.

Advising Japanese university regarding a range of issues relating to its cross-border research and educational activities.

Advising leading U.S. fashion brand regarding the restructuring of its operations in Japan.

Advising Japanese company in the food industry regarding corporate and governance structures for its U.S. and UK operations.

Advising Japanese manufacturers in aviation, energy and telecommunications sectors regarding U.S. bankruptcies of customers and suppliers.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1985
  • B.A., Kean University, 1980

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • Japan - Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • New York

Latest thinking and events

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Tokyo: 16 November 2017 at 09:30 - 18:00 ; Osaka: 13 November 2017 9:30 - 18:00

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