Naomi Koshi joins Miura & Partners

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Naomi Koshi joined Miura & Partners on September 15, 2020.

Joining the Partnership at Miura & Partners

I am delighted to announce that I will be joining the Partnership at Miura & Partners, where I will be endeavoring to support start-ups in growing as a means of contributing to Japan’s venture ecosystem.

I began practicing law in 2002 at the Tokyo based law firm, Nishimura & Asahi, where I specialized in domestic and international M&A transactions, inclusive of the issuance of class shares and stock options and the use of the poison pill defense. I continued to work on cross-border transactions while on my secondment to the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. I also studied comparative corporate governance at Harvard Law School and the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School.

I was elected Mayor of Otsu in 2012, and then again in 2016. Having accomplished the goals I had set out for the city, I opted to re-enter the private sector. As Mayor, I implemented a program geared towards privatizing city owned businesses and actively embraced new technologies while putting in place a smart city initiative that included the use of self-driving buses and drones.

As a partner of Miura & Partners, I will start a diversified board initiative to enhance corporate governance and encourage responsible corporate communication with domestic and foreign investors. As the youngest female mayor in Japan during my eight year term, I focused on gender equality issues such as improving the childcare system, as a means of encouraging women to stay in the workplace after giving birth. I would like to continue to focus on issues of corporate board and management diversity and on gender equality issues. In fact, my passion towards gender issues was key in my decision to join Miura & Partners, as the firm has far more female partners than similarly situated firms in Japan.

Thank you.

September 2020

Naomi Koshi
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