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Junko Suetomi - Baker McKenzie

Junko Suetomi

Baker McKenzie

Tel: +81 3 6271 9900
Email: junko.suetomi@bakermckenzie.com

Practice areas

International trade & customs; dispute resolution; bankruptcy & restructuring; antitrust; international compliance (anti-money laundering, human rights, environments, SDGs, ESG etc.)


Junko Suetomi is a partner in the Baker & McKenzie Tokyo office and handles the firm’s international trade and dispute resolution practice. Suetomi focuses her practice on commercial and trade laws and regulations, WTO dispute settlement, civil and criminal litigation, antitrust law, bankruptcy law and general corporate law. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues involving trade remedy matters such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties, import restrictions, customs matters, export control and sanctions, tariff treatment and FTA/EPA applications, and public procurements, among others.

Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Suetomi worked in the WTO dispute settlement division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Economics Bureau. She has served as a court-appointed defence attorney in many criminal cases. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications related to her practice. Suetomi was the chair and now is vice-chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association. She delivers lectures at Waseda University and the National Tax College. She is a member of the Japan Association of International Economic Law. She has served as an expert member of the Ministry of Finance’s Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and Other Transactions since 13 March 2019. She has been appointed bar examiner by the Minister of Justice since November 2020. She has also been appointed an expert member of the Financial Council of the Financial Services Agency since October 2021.

Suetomi was admitted both in Japan and New York. She received her LLB from Tokyo University and Kyushu University and her LLM from New York University School of Law and the Cornell Law School. She has completed judicial training at the Legal Research and Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan. She also holds a Certificate in Business Analytics from the Harvard Business Analytics Program (March 2021).

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