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Partner / Foreign Attorney

Axel Kuhlmann

Axel Kuhlmann

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Foreign Law Partner*

2011, Hamburg, Germany
2017, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Lawyer, Japan)


German (native), English (fluent), French (intermediate) and Japanese (intermediate)


Contact this Lawyer

TEL : +81-3-6889-7240
FAX : +81-3-6889-8240

Practice Areas

General Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Europe


Axel Kuhlmann is a corporate and M&A lawyer qualified in Germany and a Foreign Law Partner* of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. He has wide-ranging experience in the German and European market advising Japanese and global companies on all kinds of German law issues and on their business activities in Germany and other European countries. He also regularly advises German clients on their business activities in Japan, including corporate housekeeping and labor law matters of their Japanese subsidiaries.

Axel graduated from the University of Passau, Germany, and holds a doctor’s degree (Dr. iur.) from the same university. Before joining Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Axel worked for one of Germany's leading business law firms as associated partner in the field of corporate and M&A and a member of the firm's Japan advisory group.

The Best Lawyers in Japan 2022 - Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

*Please note that we are not engaged in a Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo (foreign law enterprise).

Education/Professional Experience


University of Passau (Doctor iuris)


Higher Regional Court of Hamburg (legal training)


Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch, Hamburg


Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo


Foreign Law Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


July 14, 2021

NO&T Seminars

COVID-19 - related M&A opportunities in Germany

July 3, 2020

NO&T Seminars

ADVANCE Corporate Law Seminar - Pioneering the Frontier in Corporate Law
Corporate/M&A Seminar”Tightening of Foreign Investment Regulations in Japan, the U.S. and Europe (Europe): Recent Legislative Developments in the EU, and Recent Amendments to Foreign Direct Investment Regulations in Germany”

June 9, 2020


Warranty & Indemnity Insurance in M&A Transactions - How it works and current trends in Europe and Japan


July, 2020


Warranty and Indemnity Insurance (W&II) in M&A Transactions: Key Questions Answered (Interview)

Asian Legal Business (online)

November, 2018


Practice Area Focus: M&A - What does the future hold for Japan's M&A market?

The Legal 500 Website fivehundred, November 2018

October, 2017


Outline of the amendment of the German Foreign Investment Regulation and its impact on M&A practice (co-author)

Junkan Shojihomu No.2146 (October, 2017)

June, 2010


Das Verbot der reformatio in peius im Zivilprozessrecht

Duncker & Humblot