Professionals committed to fulfill
our clients' "Nozomi"

The goal of our firm, Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law, is to make all of our clients leave our office with a smile, from struggling corporations to concerned individuals, that is our "Nozomi" (Japanese for "Hope").

"HIGH EXPERTISE", "SPEED AND FLEXIBILITY", "BEST PARTNERSHIP" and "DRIVING FORCE" – we stand by these four pillars of our philosophy, and we dedicate in always providing high-quality legal service.

One of Nozomi's strengths is that a number of attorneys have experience in working at both public and private practice, ranging from government officers to corporate in-house counsel. Their backgrounds include former public prosecutors from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Unit, former employees from the Inspection Bureau of Financial Services Agency, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, the Bank of Japan, the Japan Fair Trade Commission and other local governments. These experiences enable them to provide excellent legal services in the relevant areas such as white-collar crime, cooperate risk management, antitrust law, investigations for financial institutions and other types of legal compliance and regulatory issues. In addition, many of our attorneys have experiences in working as in-house counsel at major corporations in Japan. We also actively accept secondment of in-house counsel from our corporate clients to work with us from time to time, which furthers us to gain more business-specific perspectives.

Professionals committed to fulfill our clients' 'Nozomi'

Our attorneys with different expertise enable our firm to provide wide range of legal services for our clients, as we create a team tailored to specific cases and projects to provide the best possible solution. As listed in the "PRACTICES" section, we handle various cases, such as large corporations' complex cases, multiple-jurisdiction cases, civil disputes, family matters as well as criminal cases. We can efficiently set up a right team specific for your case needs with external specialists such as accountants and tax advisors for M&A projects and tax litigation, Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialists (gyousei shoshi) for immigration cases and many more. We also have a broad network worldwide, with law firms in the U.S., Korea and other countries and closely coordinate for cross-border matters.

At Nozomi, we enthusiastically support attorney pro bono work. Our attorneys contribute to activities of the Bar Associations, and some of them formally served as Vice President and Deputy Secretary General of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Chairman of the Kanto Federation of Bar Associations, and President and the Vice President of Daini Tokyo Bar Association. Among other things, our attorneys often provide courses at law schools and the Legal Research and Training Institute. Our pro bono activities further include legal support in areas where there are not enough lawyers and regions hit by huge earthquakes. We strongly believe in the importance of contributing to our community, through changing the systems, policies and education. These activities are also great benefits in improving and broadening our skills and perspectives, helping us better serve our clients.

<Our Los Angeles Office>

Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law opened its new office in Los Angeles, California (Nozomi Los Angeles Law Office) in March 2018. The office is led by Of Counsel, Daisuke "Danny" Wakamatsu.

Mr. Wakamatsu has extensive experience in cross-border transactions including M&A transactions, joint ventures and commercial agreements representing corporations in various industries. Before joining Nozomi, he worked at Tokyo offices of major international law firms, as well as an in-house counsel in both Japan and the U.S. He is admitted in California and Japan.

Nozomi's international practice team, led by Daisuke "Ike" Yuki, has long been assisting our clients in a broad range of fields, including M&A transactions and joint ventures in numerous countries including the U.S. and Korea, commercial agreements such as licensing agreements and distribution agreements, US litigations regarding FCPA and international price fixing, international corporations' global compliance programs, and the governance of overseas subsidiaries.

With Mr. Wakamatsu now leading our Los Angeles office, Nozomi will further expand our international law practice, and be able to globally support our clients.


<Michael Mroczek has Joined Nozomi>

We are pleased to announce that, on October 1, 2022, Michael Mroczek joined Nozomi.

Mr. Mroczek is a registered foreign lawyer (gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi), qualified to practice Swiss law. He is also registered as an EU lawyer with the Warsaw Bar Association (Poland). He has been providing legal services in Tokyo since 2013, and he is uniquely positioned in the legal industry in Japan to assist Japanese and international clients with his multilingual capabilities (English, German, Polish, Italian, and French) and extensive experience in international arbitrations and other areas of cross-border legal matters. In addition to his legal work, he has also been actively involved in business and education communities. He is currently the President of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) and lectures on international arbitration at universities in Tokyo, including the University of Tokyo School of Law. 

Nozomi has been steadily expanding its international practice, which includes the opening of its Los Angeles office in 2018. With Mr. Mroczek, we will provide our clients with higher quality international legal services, especially in the areas of European law and international dispute resolution.

   Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law, Co-Chair of the International Practice Group

     Daisuke “Ike” Yuki, Partner
                            Attorney at Law (Japan, New York) and Certified Fraud Examiner

     Daisuke “Danny” Wakamatsu, Partner
                            Attorney at Law (Japan, California), Head of Nozomi Los Angeles

Dear Clients and Friends:

I am pleased to announce that I have joined Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law.

I am an attorney at law licensed in Switzerland, admitted in Japan as gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi, and registered as an EU lawyer with the Warsaw Bar Association (Poland). I have worked at another law firm in Tokyo since 2013, where I have advised Japanese and international clients regarding international legal matters, with a special focus on international arbitration. My experience in international arbitration goes from representing clients before arbitral tribunal to acting as an arbitrator in ICC, SAC (Swiss Arbitration Center) and DIS (German Arbitration Institute) arbitrations. I also advise clients regarding international estate planning and handle inheritance cases with international implications.

I have been the President of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) since 2019, and I also served as the President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ) for nearly four years. Through those activities, I have established good relationships with the international business community and the Japanese Government. I am currently a lecturer of international arbitration at the University of Tokyo and Temple University in Japan for law school students.

With this experience, I will continue to provide professional and comprehensive legal services to our clients, and I will do my best to resolve any concerns or questions they may have.


Michael Mroczek

2002                 University of Basel (LL.B.)
2005                 University of Basel (LL.M.)
2006                 Tax and Expropriation Court, Liestal (Switzerland)
2007                 Law Firm, Basel-Landschaft, Muttenz (Switzerland)
2008                 Admission to Swiss Bar
2013                 Registered as an EU Lawyer in Poland (Warsaw Bar Association)
2013 ~ 2015     Stach Rechtsanwälte AG
2013 ~ 2022     Okuno & Partners (Tokyo)
2014                 Registered as a Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Tokyo Bar Association)
2015 ~ 2019     Rikkyo University, Lecturer
2016 ~               The University of Tokyo, School of Law, Lecturer
2016 ~               Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ),
        President (2016-2019)
2017 ~               Temple University Beasley School of Law, Adjunct Professor
2019 ~               European Business Council in Japan (EBC), President
2022 ~               Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law, Foreign Law Partner


<Hyekyeong Im has Joined Nozomi>

We are pleased to announce that Hyekyeong Im has joined Nozomi as of April 20, 2023.

Ms. Im brings with her extensive experience and insight in various domestic and international corporate legal matters, having previously worked in the legal department of a major Japanese logistics company and being registered as an attorney in Korea. Furthermore, her fluency in Korean, Japanese and English makes her a valuable addition to our team and will support Nozomi in providing enhanced international legal services, particularly in our Korea Practice Group.

We are confident that Ms. Im will help us deliver higher quality legal services to our clients.

Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law, Korea Practice Group

Dear valued clients,

I am Hyekyeong Im. It is a great pleasure to announce that I have joined Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law. As an attorney at law licensed in South Korea in 2014, I have been practicing at the legal department of a major Japanese logistics company in Tokyo, Japan since 2014, and I have handled a variety of corporate legal affairs, including various logistics-related matters, intellectual property, M&A, and compliance.

Through this experience, I have honed my skills to effectively understand client needs.

I will do my best to deliver exceptional legal services that meet clients’ expectations.


Hyekyeong Im

Nozomi Sogo, 2023 – Present
Foreign Law Associate
Yamato Transport Co., Ltd 2021-2023
Bae, Kim & Lee, Seoul, South Korea 2017-2018
Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd 2016-2021
Yamato Transport Co., Ltd 2014-2016

Our History

In 1995, Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law was found in Tokyo by Tsugio Yada (Managing Partner), who had been a member of the Special Investigation Unit of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office until 1989, and Toshiaki Tochigi, an attorney since 1979, and other three lawyers.

Today, we have more than 30 attorneys and are still expanding both in number and areas of law we handle.

Our Clients

We represent wide range of client tiers, such as large public companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, small to mid-size businesses and international corporations.

We are capable in handling all major industries, such as financial services, manufacturing, construction, engineering, public transportation, aviation, trading, clothing, food and beverage, service business, franchise business, education, healthcare, entertainment, advertisement, broadcasting, IT and more.

Logo of "Nozomi"

Our logo has, in the motif of "N" from the firm name, a design of a flag under which people come together, and a sail of a ship boldly sailing out on the sea. We put our "Nozomi" to see smiles on all faces of our clients into this logo.


Firm's Name
Nozomi Sogo Attorneys at Law
(Los Angeles Office: Nozomi Los Angeles Law Office)
Tokyo Office
Hirakawacho Mori Tower, 11F/12F (Reception), 2-16-1, Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0093 JAPAN

Los Angeles Office
1901 Avenue of the Stars, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
Tokyo Office
TEL. +81-3-3265-3851
FAX. +81-3-3265-3860

Los Angeles Office
TEL. +1-310-919-3268



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