• Contact in France

In 1995, TMI established a qualified joint venture with a French law firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel, under the Act on Special Measures concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers. This was succeeded by a foreign law joint enterprise with Laurent Dubois Foreign Law Office from 1999 to March 2007, with the purpose of providing support to companies doing business in both Japan and France.
In 2008, the French Desk, staffed by an attorney qualified to practice law in France, was set up in TMI’s Tokyo Office to offer assistance in a diverse range of fields to Japanese clients in their business operations in France.
A large number of Japanese companies have business bases in France, including local subsidiaries, branches, and representative offices, and they continue to make active investment and establish business alliances. Japan was ranked fifth in foreign direct investment in France in 2017. (Source: Business France statistics)
The importance of France to Japanese companies is expected to be further enhanced as a result of the effects of the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of March 2019.
In October 2014, TMI assigned a Japanese lawyer (qualified to practice French law) to ALTANA, a law firm in Paris, France. She is responsible for advising on business issues involving Japanese and French companies in cooperation with the Tokyo Office’s French Desk.

Contact in France

Member Attorneys

Tami Chida
Attorney registered with the Paris Bar Association
Tami Chida

After working for the Trademarks Division at TMI, Tami completed a DEA in Business and Economic Law and a DESS in European Law at the University of Paris I. Tami attended a professional attorneys’ training center in Paris (CRFPA) and then qualified as a French attorney (CAPA) in 2007.
Tami worked for the French Desk at TIM’s Tokyo Office from 2008, and she has now been woring in the Parisian law firm, ALTANA, since October 2014.
She was recognized as a Foreign Expert (Japan) in the France Corporate/M&A section of the Chambers Global 2018.
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Guide to Our Legal Practice

The French Desk focuses on the following core areas:

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Support for business restructuring and withdrawal
  • Labor law (employment, termination of contracts, all aspects of labor law)
  • Support for Japanese expatriates to France (visas, resident permits, labor law related issues)
  • Intellectual property rights, IT law
  • Compliance (personal information protection law, etc.)
  • Commercial contracts
  • Competition law
  • Real estate law (commercial lease contracts, assignment of leases, sale and purchase of real estate, assignment of commercial properties)
  • Debt collection
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Support for obtaining licenses and permits

In cooperation with attorneys from the French Desk in Tokyo and from its partner law firm in France, who have expertise in their respective areas, the local French Desk provides a wide range of legal services that Japanese companies require when they invest or do business in France.

Access / Contact Information

Address 45 rue de Tocqueville, 75017 Paris, France
Telephone +33 (0) 1 799 793 00
+33(0)1 799 797 23(Direct line)
E-Mail tchida@tmi.gr.jp
  • Paris Métro: Five to six minutes’ walk from Villiers Station on Line 2 or Line 3, or Malesherbes Station on Line 3.
  • Taxi: Approximately 40 minutes from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
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