TAKESHI FUNAKI is a senior associate at Sidley Austin Foreign Law Joint Enterprise. His practice focuses on corporate, finance, regulations for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Recent representations include supporting a large-scale refinancing project for an overseas group with affiliates in Japan, assisting an overseas investment management company investing in Japanese companies to comply with Japanese financial regulations, and assisting a Japanese pharmaceutical company in dealing with the FDA and other overseas regulatory authorities. Prior to joining Sidley, Takeshi worked for a Japanese law office, which primarily advises companies in the banking, real estate, education, manufacturing, and trade industries. His legal services included M&A transactions, reviewing contracts in real estate, labor, and intellectual property, and providing advice on corporate law issues.
Takeshi also has prior experience working as a legal manager in a public-listed Japanese company engaged in manufacturing and wholesale where he provided legal support in connection with contracts, M&A, negotiation, and litigation matters as an in-house counsel in the company. He also worked for three months as a trainee at a law firm in the UK.
Takeshi is a native Japanese speaker and is fluent in English.