Arthur M. Mitchell

Senior Advisor, Tokyo

Biography

Overview

Mr. Mitchell has almost 45 years of experience, much of it in Asia and is one of the leading American lawyers specializing in investment and financing transactions around the world.

Prior to joining White & Case in September 2007, Arthur was General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He became General Counsel of the ADB in 2003 and supervised all aspects of legal advice given with respect to documentation of public sector and private sector loan transactions, equity investments, political risk guarantees and bond financings. He managed an office comprised of 42 attorneys from 18 countries and was responsible for compliance with Bank policies and procedures. He advised the President and the Board of Directors on corporate governance, institutional and administrative matters, and all litigation involving the bank.

Throughout his career, he has had extensive experience in:

- cross border M&A transactions
- project financing of large infrastructure projects (including manufacturing plants and real estate)
- negotiating the formation of incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures
- investments in and for private equity and other funds
- structuring cutting-edge financial products, including a shareholder rights plan (poison pill) that has been widely adopted in Japan
- corporate governance initiatives
- disputes with government agencies

Arthur is the author of numerous articles on legal developments in Asia and beyond.

Arthur is a member of various professional associations, including:
- The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Daini  Tokyo Bar Association
- Council on Foreign Relations
- Member, Board of Governors and Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
- Member, Energy and Environment Committee, ACCJ
- Member, Governing Council of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
- Member of the Board of Directors, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
Education
Research Fellow
Kyoto University Faculty of Law
Kyoto, Japan
JD
Harvard Law School
BS
Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Languages
English
Japanese

Experience

Publications

"The Future of Fintech in Japan", FinTech Innovation, November 6, 2018