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Ryoko Nekoto-Bird

Senior Japan Lead

About Me

My deep understanding of Japanese businesses and markets outside Japan helps our Japanese clients make their business expansion and investment successful.

I head our global Business Development to support Japanese companies from our Hong Kong office. I deliver business insights in multiple markets where Japanese companies consider investing in together with our local offices and our consulting arm, OXYGY.

I also support local government bodies which aim to attract Japanese investors to bring their business into their countries. I arrange training, seminars and delegation with those local country organisations and Japanese organisations including JETRO and Japanese Chamber of Commerce. I am a member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in London, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Stockholm, Helsinki and Hong Kong.

I joined Bird & Bird in 2017 after working for one of the major international law firms in Tokyo.
  • Supporting one of the major Japanese trading companies for their new business investment in the Nordics.
  • Supporting a Japanese major company in the paper industry on their investment in Finland.
  • Supporting a Japanese apparel company for their restructuring in Europe.


  • Kansai University (Bachelor's degree, Law)
  • Kanazawa University Law School, Doctor of Law, J.D.

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