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Monika Oyama is Vice Chair of the Commercial, Competition and Trade practice group and her practice involves corporate and finance, intellectual property and commercial matters and transactions. She is an essential team player who is valued for helping Japanese companies as they enter, grow and thrive in the U.S. market. Monika understands American and Japanese business and culture and is highly appreciated for her outstanding people skills and ability to read, write and speak native Japanese and English.

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Monika’s experience includes counseling clients on entity selection, formation and maintenance, and cross-border and domestic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, financing, restructurings and private placements. She also regularly assists clients on various IP matters, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating IP assignments and licensing, software and technology development arrangements, and research and testing arrangements, as well as trademark prosecution, maintenance and protection. In addition, she advises on IP and trade secret protection, branding, privacy policy issues, and all levels of commercial transactions, including sales representative and distributorship relationships, manufacturing and supply arrangements, equipment leases, consulting services agreements, warehousing agreements, and OEM agreements.

Practice Areas


  • The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Keio University, LL.B, 2010


  • Illinois


  • Japanese


Advised the U.S. subsidiary of a leading global supplier of industrial power products on the restructuring of their business.
Assisted in the representation of clients in numerous asset and stock purchases and sales involving various industries, including software, clothing brands, injection molding, healthcare, automotive and industrial products. 
Represented clients on intra-company and inter-company financing arrangements.


American Bar Association
Asian American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
FDA Renewal Due for Food Facilities at End of 2018
This year, all food facilities required to register with the FDA must renew their registrations by the end of the year. It is important to…
Speaking Engagements
Utilizing Professional Skills and Education from Outside the United States During the Pacific Century - ABA Section of International Law 2016 Fall Conference; Tokyo, Japan, October 20, 2016
Masuda Funai 2019 Leadership Changes
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.’s Board of Directors elected a new President, George Kobayashi, effective January 1, 2019. George…
Monika Oyama Provides Pro Bono Work on a Case Involving the Japan Medical Practitioners' Act
Masuda Funai Associate, Monika Oyama, assisted a team of Japanese lawyers representing a tattoo artist that was charged by prosecutors for…
"A New Route to Raise Capital and Realize Your Dream" - ​​​​​​​Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago Newsletter, March 2014
"The Changes in the Role of Assignment of Securities: Asset Based Lending" - 41 Horitsugaku Kenkyu 1-19, 2009