Despite ongoing economic difficulties, Japan has remained a leading economic power. Its business leaders now face a more challenging and complex global landscape and greater competition than ever before.
Our Firm's history in Japan and our global platform are ideal for providing the legal guidance clients need to succeed in today's markets. With nearly 30 years of experience in Tokyo, we bring insight and experience in relation to corporate law matters, mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions and regulation, projects and energy, commercial disputes, antitrust, intellectual property and real estate.
We were the first foreign law firm in the country to establish a joint enterprise with Japan-licensed bengoshi, providing clients with one-stop access to Japanese and global legal services. As a diverse team of bengoshi and lawyers qualified internationally, principally in the United States and England & Wales, most of our lawyers are fluent in English and Japanese, and are longstanding residents of Japan.
With a deep understanding of Japanese business and industry trends, clients come to us for global capabilities, balanced with a local perspective to guide them through the cultural intricacies of doing complex cross-border business involving Japan, both inbound and outbound.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Band 1 for International Trade, Japan Region
Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
Tier 1 in Construction, Projects and Energy (International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan Region)
Tier 1 in Shipping (International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan Region)
Tier 1 in Real Estate (International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan Region)
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015
Ranked No. 2 in Japan M&A league table by value
Japan Deal of the Year and M&A Deal of the Year
(Suntory Holdings Limited's US$16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc.)
ALB Japan Law Awards 2015
Financing LIXIL Corporation's acquisition of Grohe Group assets
€1.28 billion financing provided to the LIXIL Corporation to purchase the Grohe Group assets in Europe and the subsidiary Joyou Group assets in mainland China.
Pacific Century Place offices real estate sale
Sale of Pacific Century Place, a prime office building in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo for a reported US$1.7 billion—the largest-scale real estate transaction in Japan in 2014.
Toys"R"Us-Japan's JFTC Investigation
Successful representation of Toys"R"Us-Japan, Ltd. in a Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) investigation and subsequent appeal in connection with certain business practices under the Antimonopoly Act. This was the first JFTC hearing decision on an abuse of superior bargaining position case since that conduct became subject to surcharge in 2010.
Zimmer Holdings acquisition of Biomet
Zimmer Holdings in its acquisition of Biomet—one of only a limited number of JFTC Phase II matters in 2014 – 2015.
Panasonic acquisition of Hussmann Corporation
We represented Panasonic Corporation in the US$1.545 billion acquisition of the stake in Hussmann Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems.