Kenichi Takashima

Senior Tax Counsel | Tokyo

Kenichi is a senior tax counsel in our tax team.

He acknowledges the importance of international tax advisory at a very early stage and has since been developing the international tax practice in Japan. He is one of Japan’s most experienced tax advisors in the field with in-depth knowledge of the legal aspects of international tax, further extending his specialty to corporate laws and accounting. Kenichi is also experienced in providing professional advice on internal tax control matters and international tax issues of individual cases, as well as managing tax-driven comprehensive projects that require tax examination, corporate laws, and accounting. Kenichi ensures smooth project deployment by working closely with other professionals; his multifaceted experience and skills are undoubtedly rare in the industry.

Kenichi has achieved various accomplishments in respect to international tax advice, tax strategies, tax planning, tax policies, cross-border M&A, reorganisations, group financing, etc. Being an expert on Japanese tax, he is also knowledgeable on taxes of common law regions, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, India and Africa, as well as taxes of Continental law countries, such as the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Latin American countries such as Brazil and Chile. Kenichi continuously succeeded in achieving top-level annual global revenue of over US$40 million from a Japanese multinational group in his capacity of its global lead partner. Kenichi was also a global tax lead partner for several Japanese multinational companies who managed and administrated all kinds of tax services for the clients.

Being a tax committee member for various government/business organisations, Kenichi has been the Japanese representative for Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which handles Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) problems, since 2009.

Kenichi’s clients include government authorities and Japanese multinational corporations carrying out business across different jurisdictions within a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, electronics, insurance, transportation, energy, natural resources, and manufacturing.

After graduation, Kenichi worked with a leading bank in Japan, and later joined the National Tax Administration Agency (NTA) as Tax Specialist. Kenichi joined a globally recognized international tax law firm based in the Netherlands as well. There, he was involved in the preparation of local tax returns and international tax projects involving Benelux and other countries for Japanese multinationals. He also worked in the tax division for one of the Big 4 accounting firms in Japan for more than 20 years.

Secretary Naoko Kinoshita

Track record

Admissions

Publications

Advised a Japanese public pension fund to withholding tax refund utilizing sovereign tax exemption. He negotiated with the tax authorities in more than 10 countries, and managed to receive a significant amount of withholding tax refund.

Advised a leading Japanese infrastructure company on its US$6 billion acquisition of a US multinational corporation.

Advised a leading Japanese electronics company on its asset acquisition of a business spanning over 44 countries from a US multinational company. The project size was ranked No. 1 in the history of the Japanese tax division.

CPA, Australia

‘Issues for introducing Pillar 2 into Japanese taxation (from perspectives of interactions between Pillar 2 and existing rules’, The 21 Century Public Policy Institute - 2020, author

‘How Multi-lateral Instruments Influence Japanese Companies’, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute - 2018, author

‘Tax Management System for Japanese Multinational Companies after BEPS, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute - 2017, author

Education


Languages


  • English
  • Japanese

Dates


Joined

2019

Tokyo

12F,

Toranomon Kotohira Tower,

1-2-8 Toranomon,

Minato-ku,

Tokyo,

105-0001

View Office

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Qualifications

CPA Australia

Tokyo

12F,

Toranomon Kotohira Tower,

1-2-8 Toranomon,

Minato-ku,

Tokyo,

105-0001

View Office