Arthur M. Mitchell

Senior Advisor, Tokyo



Arthur M. Mitchell has over 48 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 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 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
  • renewable energy
  • regulation of artificial intelligence

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, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) (2015-2020)
  • Member, Sustainability Committee, ACCJ
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (2015 – 2023)
  • Director, Komatsu Ltd. (2020 – present)
  • Advisor, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company
  • Senior Advisor, Patomak Global Partners
Bars and Courts
New York
Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) (Jurisdiction of Primary Qualification: [New York])
Research Fellow
Kyoto University Faculty of Law
Kyoto, Japan
Harvard Law School
Political Science
University of California, Berkeley