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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 14 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
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Mag. Rupert Riedl, LL.M.

Attorney at law

Mag. Riedl, LLM started his career as a student in a renowned law firm in Vienna for several years and subsequently, completed his diploma and LLM studies at the University of Vienna. He has more than 17 years of post-university professional experience, especially in the fields of immigration and real estate law. His focus at TAIYO Legal is, in addition to the above, on other areas of public law.

He speaks two foreign languages in addition to German and is internationally engaged. He proves his intercultural competence in the support of cross-border transactions.


  • 2019: Austrian Bar Association, Bar Exam
  • 2018: LL.M., University of Vienna
  • 2003: Mag. iur., University of Vienna


  • 2016-2020: Associate with Engin-Deniz Rechtsanwälte
  • 2016: Legal assistant at RA Mag. Elisabeth Moser-Marzi
  • 2014-2016: Working committee for external quality inspections
  • 2013: Associate with Engin-Deniz Rechtsanwälte
  • 2013: Legal assistant at RA Mag. Gregor Olivier Rathkolb
  • 2006-2011: Legal advisor for Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior & Austrian Integration Fund
  • 2003-2004: Trainee at Public Prosecutor´s Office Korneuburg
  • 1998-2003: Employee at Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Hauser, Milchrahm & Stadlmann
Lidya Acikgoez

MMag. Lidya Acikgoez


Lidya Acikgoez completed her master’s degree in law at the university of Innsbruck. After graduating, she worked for an international economy center in a major Asian city, supporting Austrian enterprises with their export businesses.

Before joining TAIYO Legal, she also gained working experience in an international business law firm in Vienna. She uses her expertise in corporate law mandates for international clients and banking law for both, national and international clients.


  • 2019: Mag. iur. rer. oec., University of Innsbruck
  • 2016: Mag. iur., University of Innsbruck


  • Since 2017 Associate, Vienna
  • 2016 – 2017 Judicial apprentice, District Superior Court, Vienna
  • 2013 Trainee, Federation of Austrian Economic Organizations, Ankara, Turkey
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Bernhard Dittrich, BA

Legal Assistant*

Bernhard Dittrich, 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 2016: Japanese language teacher
  • 2010 – 2011 Employee of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
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.
  • 2010 – 2013 Data Development of Nikkei Media Marketing, Inc.
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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
  • 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 bis 2005:Bankakademie, focus on Portfilio Management.
  • 2001:Diploma Examination Vienna Business School


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

Mizuki Kannari, BA

Assistant & Marketing *

Mizuki Kannari studied at Otaru University and spent two semesters at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is currently completing her master in Business Consultancy International in Austria.

Ms. Kannari is fluent in German, English and Japanese and conducts research in all three languages. Her work focuses on the management of mandates in connection with residence permits and on finance law research.


  • Since 2017: University of Applied Sciences , Austria
  • 2014-2015 Exchange year at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • 2013-2017 Otaru University of Commerce, Japan


  • Since 2018: Assistant & Marketing
Susanna Herbst

Susanna Herbst

Assistant to the CEO*

Susanna Herbst worked as an intern at Ecolab GmbH after she graduated from high school. In the following year, she traveled and worked in Japan. Through this experience she was able to acquire knowledge about Japanese culture, language, and how to work and communicate with Japanese clients.

Her work at TAIYO Legal focuses on general assistance and property management.


  • 2015 – 2019 : High school diploma at Federal Secondary School (Vienna, Austria)


  • 2020: Internship at Ecolab GmbH (Vienna, Austria)
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.


  • 2013 – 2017 : secondary school diploma (electrotechnical school “Nikola Tesla”) in Banja Luka; Bosnia
  • 2018 : Two semesters at the University of electrotechnical engineering “Nikola Tesla” – IT in Banja Luka; Bosnia
  • 2018-: Study of computer science at TU Wien


  • 2014 – 2018: Several apprenticeships in the IT field. – in Banja Luka; Bosnia

* Currently not admitted to the Austrian bar.