Bonnie L. Dixon


Tokyo Office
New York Affiliate Office*

Main Practices
Japanese / English
Tokyo / New York
Registered Foreign Lawyer (The laws of the State of New York and the Federal laws of the United States) (2002)
Admitted in the State of New York, the United States of America (1982)
Tokyo: +81-(0)3-5501-1166 / New York: +1-212-523-0533

*Atsumi & Sakai New York LLP


Registration in Japan

Registered Foreign Lawyer (The laws of the State of New York and the Federal laws of the United States) (2002)


State of New York, the United States of America (1982)

Bar Association

New York State Bar Association, Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


University of Michigan (B.A., Japanese and Political Science, 1978)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1981)


Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Tokyo)
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (New York / Tokyo)
Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (New York)
Managing Partner, Atsumi & Sakai New York LLP (October 2020-)


American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association


  • ”Lawyers Guide 2023,"  Lexis Nexis and Business & Law LLC (January 2023) [Interview]
  • "The Big Picture of Qualified Opportunity Zones in the U.S.A. –  Eligibility, Obligations and Restrictions" Monthly Magazine of Property Management January 2020 issue (2019) [Co-authored in Japanese with Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellot LLC]
  • Inside the Minds: Navigating Banking and Finance Law in the Asia-Pacific, Thomson Reuters / Aspatore, (2011) [Co-author]
  • "Saying Good-Bye to the YK" J-RED (Japan Real-Estate Direct) (February, 2006) [Co-author]
  • "The Japanese LLP: Is it a Useful Alternative to Other Japanese Vehicles?" J-RED (Japan Real Estate Directory), No. 018, p15-16 [Co-author]
  • "Legal Issues Affecting Documentation of Cross-Border Transactions" Drafting Corporate Agreements 1999-2000, pp 675-695, Practicing Law Institute (1999)
  • "Bankruptcy in Japan: An M&A Primer for Executives" Success Stories Japan, Success Stories Media, Inc. (April/May, 1999)
  • "Buy Japanese Real Estate? Why Investors have Purchased Distressed Debt Instead" New York Law Journal (Monday, November 9, 1998)
  • "Removing Troubled Real Estate Assets from the Balance Sheets of U.S. Lenders" (in Japanese), Japan Securities Research Institute (April, 1994) [Co-author]
  • "How United States Banks Dispose of Troubled Real Estate assets" (in Japanese), Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs Inc. (December, 1993)
  • "How to Avoid Lender Liability" (in Japanese), Kinzai Financial Report, Vol. 86, No. 28 (June, 1992)


  • "Highly Tax-advantaged Investments in Qualified Opportunity Zones in the US," hosted by Atsumi & Sakai, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott and Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI), November 11, 2019
  • "2016 Fall Meeting," hosted by ABA Section of International Law, October 20, 2016
    *Speaker at a panel session entitled "The Growing Importance of Alternative Business Structures in the Asia-Pacific Region"
  • "Personal Information Protection Act of Japan", hosted by the Japan Law Society, November 19, 2009
  • Moderator, "Emerging manager panel: showcasing the new talent in Japan," 2006 Hedge Funds Investment Japan, June 12 & 13, 2006
  • Moderator, "Hotel Investment Opportunities," 6th Annual Summit on Japanese Securitization, Real Estate & Finance, May 18-19, 2005, organized by Information Management Network
  • "An Introduction to Japanese Bankruptcy Laws," presented at "Opportunities and Issues for Midwestern Companies in Greater China and Japan," May 18, 2004
  • "Doing Business in Japan: A guide for Female Executives," presented at the Women’s International Business and Legal Forum, sponsored by Business Development Associates, March 12-13, 1998
  • "Legal Issues Affecting Aircraft Operating Leases," presented at the Thirteenth Annual Convention of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, March 8, 1996
  • "Legal Issues Affecting Aircraft Engine Maintenance Providers," presented at the American Bar Association Annual Convention, Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Aircraft Finance, August 4, 1995
  • "Documentation Issues in Aircraft Finance from the Lender's Perspective," presented at "Negotiation and Documentation of Aircraft Finance Transactions", September 29-30, 1994
  • "Workouts, Foreclosure, and Bankruptcy," presented at "Legal Issues in Buying and Selling Hotel Properties II", sponsored by New York University, Continuing Legal Education Division, April 18 and 25, 1994
  • "Asset Restructurings for Japanese Commercial Bankers in the United States: A Workshop," sponsored by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc., March 22, 1994
  • "Securitization as a Basis for Financing Aircraft Lease Receivables," presented at the Eleventh Annual Conference of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, March 8, 1994
  • "Protecting the Rights of an Aircraft Lessor or Lender in an Airline Bankruptcy," presented at "FAA Aircraft Registration, Liens and Security Interests," sponsored by Strategic Research Institute, February 23, 1994
  • "Lender Liability and Bank Regulatory Issues," presented at "Dealing with Troubled Hospitality Assets: Issues and Answers," sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, June 16, 1993
  • "Selected Legal Issues in Lease Securitizations," presented at "Lease Securitization: Moving Assets off Your Balance Sheet," sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, June 9, 1993