What we are

In Trim

We are nationally qualified legal professionals, shihoshoshi in Japanese, often called (judicial) scriveners. Our work addresses the various legal needs of our clients, offering our expertise in the specialized work of registration of real estate and corporations.

In 2018, our five (5) experienced scriveners from three (3) offices set up our new joint scriveners’ office. We all have strong specialty skills and practice experience in areas such as real estate registration and corporate legal affairs. The aim for our joint office is to realize a system that can meet the varied needs of clients. Since January 2020, we can offer six (6) partner scriveners.

Our office name “INTRIM” derives from the phrase “in trim” meaning a well-organized state. Our goal is to sort out (trim) problems that clients have therein, to keep their state in trim, and thereby at the same time support their business in coordination with them.



Services for foreign business people

Our experienced scriveners can address various projects, including cross-border matters.

Masayuki KAWAHARA and Sakiko AKIYAMA have much experience in working with foreign business people both inside and outside of Japan, strong English-speaking skills, and an up-to-date understanding of foreign business culture that can meet the demands of foreign business people. Taking advantage of their collective experience as in-house professionals in the legal departments of financial institutions and their expertise as independent specialists, they together with the INTRIM professionals are available for corporate secretarial services, functioning as internal legal professionals in a tailor-made fashion fit for each client, providing outsourced legal or general affairs department services at reasonable costs.

They have dealt with corporate registrations for foreign business people for decades and can lead clients to a full understanding of the Japanese corporate and registration systems.

Practice Areas

Real Estate Registration

Our well-experienced scriveners can deal with general registration matters as well as due diligence and investigations of the rights related to real estate for real estate investment, M&A, energy-related businesses, etc.:

  1. Acquisition and sale of land for newly built buildings and condominium units
  2. Buying and selling profit-generating properties and trust beneficiary rights
  3. Inheritance, Gift and Exchange matters
  4. Trust registration associated with securitization of real estate
  5. Preparation of summary of security rights secured in real estate registry
  6. Registration of transfer of movables and claims
  7. Registration of factory foundation and other foundation matters

Corporate Registration

Our scriveners, having worked in legal departments of financial institutions and international law firms, can make use of their experience and knowledge of not only the Companies Act but also of various relevant business laws. They can respond to requests that are not limited to a commercial registration view point only.

  1. Establishment of corporations
  2. Various changes
  3. Issuance of shares
  4. Issuance of class shares
  5. Stock acquisition rights / stock options
  6. Restructuring of organization such as entity conversion, merger, company split, Share Exchange, and Share Transfer
  7. Registration involving foreign corporations and individuals as owner, directors, or officers, etc.

Real Estate Registration Related Services

  1. Family trusts
  2. Succession of business
  3. Management of assets and/or disposal of inventory
  4. Management and/or disposal of inherited property
  5. Preparation of notarized will, and other types of wills
  6. Preparation of documents to petition for waiver of inheritance
  7. Preparation and/or applying for probate of will

Corporate Legal Affairs Related Services

  1. Operational management of organizational decisions
  2. Management of due date control
  3. Checking, maintenance, preparation of minutes and internal regulations with an eye to listing and M&A
  4. Structuring investment funds and relevant support
  5. In response to the needs of clients beyond commercial registration, support services through INTRIM Co., Ltd., are also available. Such peripheral business support covers corporate legal affairs responsibilities (document management, information management, support for various procedures, etc.).

Our Clients

Real estate developers, real estate agents, investment funds, domestic and foreign financial institutions, business corporations, tax accounting firms, law firms

Profiles of Partners

ICHIKAWA, Shunsuke

Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association: No. 5436
Authorized attorney at summary court: No. 701219

Experience/Practice: General real estate registration, registration in connection with M&A and finance for first section-listed companies; after shift to independent practice: newly-built condominiums, land development for independent housing, trust registration for real estate securitization, large-scale energy-related registration, corporate reorganization registration.

Career Summary:

2006
passed Shihoshoshi examination
2007
admitted to Kanagawa Shihoshoshi Association
2007
shihoshoshi office in Yokohama
2010
admitted to Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association
2010
opened Tao Shihoshoshi (Joint Office) in Meguro-ku, Tokyo
2018
joined INTRIM Scrivener Office
Direct Telephone Number: +81-3-6205-7718

Profiles of Partners

KAWAHARA, Masayuki

Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association: No. 3661
Representative Director of INTRIM Co., Ltd.

Experience/Practice: Focus on corporate legal affairs, much experience in legal departments of financial institutions. Legal affairs supporting services in collaboration with INTRIM Co., Ltd. as its representative. Support in compliance and procedures relating to regulatory laws in finance industry.

Career Summary:

1996
passed Shihoshoshi examination
1997
admitted to Osaka Shihoshoshi Association
2002
Washington University School of Law (LL.M.)
Legal & Compliance at Hudson Japan K.K.
2003
admitted to Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association
Legal Department at Goldman Sachs, Japan
2011
established INTRIM Toranomon Scrivener Office and INTRIM Co., Ltd.
2018
joined INTRIM Scrivener Office

Languages:

  • Japanese, English

Publication:

  • “Legal Affairs and Practice for Corporation” (Nihon Kajo Publishing; joint authorship in 2018)
Direct Telephone Number: +81-3-6205-7774

Profiles of Partners

SHIMADA, Yoshiyasu

Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association: No. 5943
Authorized attorney at summary court: No. 1601111

Experience/Practice: Real estate registration at a Tokyo shihoshoshi office; Legal & Compliance Department in foreign and domestic investment funds; after shift to independent practice: handled commercial registration for investment funds vehicles, venture companies, and listed companies as well as real estate registration of acquisition of revenue-generating properties, establishing mortgages and trusts, registration of assignment of claims and movables.

Career Summary:

2001
passed Shihoshoshi examination
2002
shihoshoshi office in Tokyo
2006
Legal & Compliance Department at Goldman Sachs Realty Japan Ltd.
2008
Legal & Compliance Department at Hudson Japan K.K.
2010
Compliance Department in Sun Asset Management Corp.
(Samty Asset Management Co., Ltd.)
2012
joined Soto-Kanda Scrivener Office in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
2018
joined INTRIM Scrivener Office
Direct Telephone Number: +81-3-6205-7714

Profiles of Partners

MATSUNAGA, Kazuya

Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association: No. 4542
Authorized attorney at summary court: No. 401461

Experience/Practice: Distressed loan disposal (drafting mortgage summaries, reviewing loan related documents, filing registrations, etc.); after shift to independent practice: commercial registration such as incorporation, issuance of shares, class shares, and share options and real estate registration such as inheritance, acquisition of properties, and registration for deals involving large-scale energy systems.

Career Summary:

2001
passed Shihoshoshi examination
2002
shihoshoshi office in Minato-ku, Tokyo
2003
shihoshoshi office in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
2007
opened Matsunaga Shihoshoshi Office in Ota-ku, Tokyo
2010
moved to Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
2012
changed name to Soto-Kanda Shihoshoshi (Joint Office)
2018
joined INTRIM Scrivener Office
Direct Telephone Number: +81-3-6205-7713

Profiles of Partners

TOI, Masaya

Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association: No. 5437
Authorized attorney at summary court: No. 601469

Experience/Practice: General real estate and commercial registration in Sapporo, Hokkaido; large scale distressed loan disposal, golf course related matters, etc., in a shihoshoshi office in Yokohama; after shift to independent practice: expanded practice includes registration for foundation, such as factory foundation for renewable energy businesses, and registration of assignment of claims and movables.

Career Summary:

1998
passed Shihoshoshi examination
shihoshoshi office in Sapporo, Hokkaido
1999
admitted to Sapporo Shihoshoshi Association
2001
shihoshoshi office in Yokohama
admitted to Kanagawa Shihoshoshi Association
2010
admitted to Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association
opened Tao Shihoshoshi (Joint Office) in Meguro-ku, Tokyo
2018
joined INTRIM Scrivener Office
Direct Telephone Number: +81-3-6205-7772

Profiles of Partners

AKIYAMA, Sakiko

Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association: No. 6061
Member of NPO International Shihoshoshi Association

Experience/Practice: Focus on services in corporate area, mainly for European, American, and other foreign companies in an international law firm; supported inbound companies as specialist in International Business Support Center in JETRO; meticulous corporate services for foreign and domestic companies including commercial registration.

Career summary:

1996
passed Shihoshoshi examination
1997
admitted to Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association
law firm in Minato-ku, Tokyo
1999
Legal Department at Goldman Sachs, Japan
2003
Foreign Associate at Lovells (Hogan Lovells) in Düsseldorf
2012
admitted to Tokyo Shihoshoshi Association
Blakemore & Mitsuki in Tokyo
2020
joined INTRIM Scrivener Office

Languages:

  • Japanese, English

Publications:

  • “Laws and Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan”
    (compiled by JETRO Investment Japan Department; annual revision since 2012);
    “Case Book International Inheritance Registration Practice”
    (Kabushiki Kaisha Minjiho Kenkyukai (Civil Law Workshop); joint authorship in 2020)
Direct Telephone Number: +81-3-6205-7288

Profiles of Legal Professionals

YOSHIMURA, Yusuke

Team Leader, Corporate Legal Team

TAKAMURA, Makoto

Shihoshoshi, Corporate Legal Team

Our office

Name:
INTRIM Scrivener Office
Tel:
+81-3-6205-7771
Fax:
+81-3-6205-7776
Address:
TG115 Bldg. 4F
15-7, Toranomon 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan(Google Map >)
Access:
Three minutes’ walk from Toranomon Station G07,
Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro
(Exit 2b or 4)
Two minutes’ walk from
Toranomon Hills Station H06,
Hibiya Line, Tokyo Metro (Exit 4)