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Elisa advises Japanese and international clients on their cross-border investments.

Elisa's practice focuses on cross-border M&A and joint ventures, and on general corporate and commercial matters, for both Japanese and international clients. She has experience across a wide range of industries including TMT, manufacturing and industrials, consumer products and energy. She has also advised on merger control aspects of cross-border transactions.

Elisa has extensive in-house experience through secondments to the legal departments of two major Japanese trading houses. She has also previously practised in London and at an international Japanese law firm in Tokyo.


Elisa holds a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge.  She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) in Japan.

Elisa was born and raised in the UK and is a native speaker of English and Japanese.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Yahoo Japan Corporation on its joint venture with Skyscanner Ltd for the provision of web-based (including mobile) travel information and travel search engine services in Japan
  • a Japanese government-private sponsored fund on its joint venture with a Japanese construction company for a communication infrastructure sharing business in Indonesia*
  • a Japanese financial services company on its joint venture with a global telecommunications company for an Indian data centre business*
  • Sumitomo Corporation and Mahindra World City Developers on the competition law aspects of their proposed creation of an offshore joint venture based in India (Mahindra Industrial Park Chennai Limited) as well as on securing Phase I unconditional clearance in the EU


*indicates experience outside of Herbert Smith Freehills