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Our Team

The dedicated team of TAIYO Legal consists of international experts in different disciplines and experience in the markets of Austria, Japan and China.

Alexander Taiyo Scheuwimmer

Dr. Alexander Taiyo Scheuwimmer, MBA

Head of Banking & Finance Law Desk

Dr. Scheuwimmer studied law at the University of Vienna and has more than 15 years of post-university work experience in advisory and representation, more than seven of which he gained in an international business law firm. His main areas of expertise are in investment funds, financial services supervisory, financial derivatives, collateralization, real estate and finance.

In addition to his activities as president of the Austrian Lawyers Association, Dr. Scheuwimmer is co-author of the Austrian Legal Opinion for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and author of several professional articles on banking and finance law as well as on Japanese and real estate law.


  • 2010: MBA, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007: Austrian Bar Association, Bar Exam
  • 2005: Dr. iur., University of Vienna
  • 2003: Mag. iur., University of Vienna


  • 2010 – 2017: DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Vienna (“Counsel” – previously “Senior Associate”)
  • 2007 – 2008: Associate with Cortolezis Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna
  • 2004 – 2007: Associate with Rechtsanwälte Buchgraber und Schneider, Vienna
Eva Schön

Dr. Eva Schön

Private Clients

Dr. Schön studied law at the University of Vienna and is an independent attorney-at-law since 2008. She is gives lectures, publishes and is active in the community.

She advises in a broad range of wealth succession, family law and real estate matters. In the course of her work she regularly deals with international mandates. Dr. Schön works in permanent cooperation with TAIYO Legal.


  • 2007: Austrian Bar Association, Bar Exam
  • 2005: Dr. iur., University of Vienna
  • 2003: Mag. iur., University of Vienna


  • Since 2008: Attorney-at-Law
  • 2005 – 2008: Associate with Dr. Christine Fädler, Wien
  • 2004 – 2005: Associate with Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, Wien
RAA Mag. Clara Spona

Mag. Clara Spona


After her studies at the University of Vienna, Clara Spona worked for a business law firm and for the Stronach Group. At TAIYO Legal she mainly works in real estate law, criminal law, and general civil law.

Since December 2020, she is a member of the executive committee of the Austrian Lawyers Association and since June 2021, she is also an attorney-candidate member of the Disciplinary Council (Vienna Bar Association).


  • Current: Dr. iur., University of Vienna
  • 2016: Mag. iur., University of Vienna


  • Since 2021: Associate at TAIYO Legal, Vienna
  • 2020 – 2021: Associate, Vienna
  • 2020: Judicial apprentice at Higher Regional Court, Vienna
  • 2018 – 2020: Project manager, The Stronach Group
  • 2016 – 2018: Associate, Baden
Sukhvinder Singh

Mag. Sukhvinder Singh


Mag. Sukhvinder Singh grew up as a multilingual and graduated from the University of Vienna. Afterwards, he completed his judicial practice at the Higher Regional Court of Vienna. He also already worked as a legal assistant in a renowned Viennese law firm. There he gained experience in corporate and company law.

At TAIYO Legal, he mainly works in corporate law for international clients and in civil law for domestic and foreign clients.


  • 2019: Mag. iur., University of Vienna


  • Since 2021: Associate at TAIYO Legal, Vienna
  • 2020: Judicial apprentice at District Superior Court, Vienna
  • 2017-2018: Legal Assistant at LANSKY, GANZGER + partner, Vienna
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Bernhard Dittrich, BA

Legal Assistant*

Bernhard Dittrich, BA studied Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna and spent one year in Japan. He worked at the Austrian Federal Chamber of Economics and currently as a Japanese language teacher. He is about to graduate in law at the University of Vienna.

He is conducting legal research in the areas of Austrian and Japanese law. His main area of expertise are private law and media law.


  • Since 2014: Mag. iur., University of Vienna
  • 2014: BA, Japanese Studies, University of Vienna
  • 2013 – 2014: Exchange year at the University of Osaka, Osaka, Japan


  • Since 2018: Legal Assistant at TAIYO Legal, Vienna
  • 2016 – 2018: Japanese language teacher
  • 2010 – 2011 Employee of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
Yoshihiko Asakura

Yoshihiko Asakura, BA, MA

Head of Japan Desk *

Yoshihiko Asakura holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in economics from the renown Hitotsubashi university in Tokyo. He has over eight years of post-university work experience for major Japanese companies in the field of securities and extensive knowledge about the debt and capital markets of East Asia and Europe.

He frequently travels to Europe and works on different types of projects, primarily for Japanese clients. Among others he handles cross-border transactions and banking and finance mandates.


  • 2010: MA, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007: BA, Economics, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan


  • Since 2013: Data Analytist of Rakuten Securities, Inc., Japan
  • 2010 – 2013: Data Development of Nikkei Media Marketing, Inc., Japan
Zi Meng

Jiayin Wang, BA, MBA

Head of China Desk *

Jiayin Wang graduated from the famous Chinese universities for Maritime affairs and international economy law, and worked for the Chinese government in the field of international cooperation. She spent over a year in Japan and is familiar with the Japanese market.

She works at TAIYO Legal primarily as an adviser for product and process localization.


  • 2011: MBA, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2006: BA in Law and English Study, Dalian Maritime University and Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China


  • 2006 – 2012: Officer specialised in International Relations and Cooperation in Chinese government
  • Since 2012: Managing Director of Odaiba GmbH, Vienna
  • Since 2014: Independant Consultant
Simon Kupferschmied

Simon Kupferschmied


Simon Kupferschmied has more than 17 years of professional experience in the investment funds industry. After more than eight years in risk he switched to order management and reporting. He worked with both, Reuters and Bloomberg as well as with Xentis and MORE. He is active at the Austrian Federation of Investment Fund Managers VÖIG, in particular the task force FundsXML.

Simon Kupferschmied advises in all areas of investment funds law. He is specialized in structuring, assistance with finance litigation and all questions on pricing and commissions.


  • 2002 – 2005:Bankakademie, focus on Portfilio Management
  • 2001:Diploma Examination Vienna Business School


  • 2009 – 2017: MASTERINVEST Kapitalanlage GmbH, Vienna
  • 2001 – 2009: DWS (Austria) Investmentgesellschaft GmbH, Vienna
Mizuki Kannari

Mizuki Kannari, MA

Marketing & Japan Desk support *

Mizuki Kannari studied at Otaru University of Commerce and spent two semesters at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She completed her master’s degree in Business Consultancy International in Austria.

Kannari is fluent in German, English and Japanese and conducts research in all three languages. Her work focuses on marketing and the management of M&A and corporate law mandates.


  • Since 2018: Marketing & Japan Desk support at TAIYO Legal
Takako Matsumura

Takako Matsumura, BA

Japan Desk support *

Takako Matsumura gained 3 years of work experience in Japan with a focus on translation and interpreting after her graduation in Education. She was born in Germany and grew up in Austria and is fluent in German, English, and Japanese.

Her work focuses on the translation of various texts and foreign language correspondence into all three languages, and being a support member of the Japan Desk.


  • Since 2020: Japan Desk support at TAIYO Legal
Myeong-Jin Kim

Myeong-Jin Kim, BA


Myeong-Jin Kim studied Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna and spent a year in Japan at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies as part of her Bachelor’s degree. She is about to finish her Master’s degree in Translation with a focus on technical translation at the University of Vienna.

Kim‘s working languages include German, English and Japanese. Her work focuses on assisting the team lead.


  • Since 2021: Assistant at TAIYO Legal
Agnes Szauter

Agnes Szauter

Assistant to the CEO*

Agnes Szauter is studying Transcultural Communication at the University of Vienna and is about to complete her Bachelor’s degree. She was able to deepen her knowledge of dealing with different cultures and put it into practice during her time as an assistant for event management and office services at the international association The European Guitar Builders e.V.

Szauter is mainly responsible for general assistance and property management.


  • Since 2021: Assistant to the CEO at TAIYO Legal
Alexander Sekine

Alexander Sekine


Alexander Sekine started his law studies at the University of Vienna. At TAIYO Legal he is responsible for the bar examination, case preparation for the litigation practice and general administration. As part of his studies, Mr. Sekine participated in the Summer School on “Legal Development in Japan and Austria” in cooperation with Kyoto University.

Mr. Sekine grew up multiculturally and is fluent in German, English, French, and Japanese.


  • Since 2021: Assistant at TAIYO Legal
Judith Otteneder

Drasko Duric

IT, Technical work & Facility Management*

Drasko Duric has several years of theoretical and practical experience in IT and engineering. He is currently studying computer science at the Vienna University of Technology. In addition to the languages of the former Yugoslavia, he is also fluent in German and English.

Drasko Duric is responsible for data management tasks and oversees TAIYO Legal’s IT and other technical infrastructure.


  • Since 2019: IT, Technical work & Facility Management at TAIYO Legal

The persons marked with * are currently not admitted to the Austrian bar as attorney-at-law.