Brian Strawn | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Brian Strawn
Brian Strawn

Brian Strawn

Partner, Tokyo

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“Brian Strawn is especially valued for his fluent Japanese and his sensitive appreciation for the differences between Western and Japanese business cultures.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013


Brian is recognised as a leading voice on international M&A in Japan. He is co-head of the Tokyo Corporate/M&A practice.

Brian's focus is international corporate, commercial and financial transactions, including cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and reorganizations. He also assists his clients with general commercial disputes and competition and compliance issues.

With more than 25 years of experience in Japan, both as an entrepreneur and as a legal professional, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to bear, in assisting Japanese corporations with all aspects of their international business operations, and in helping global companies to navigate the challenging business and legal environments in Japan.

Brian is consistently ranked as a leading individual for international M&A in Japan by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR 1000. Chambers reports that "client commentators are universal in their praise", describing him as "very experienced and knowledgeable on M&A matters," and noting that he "understands the philosophy and way of thinking of Japanese clients and provides legal services accordingly". Chambers states that he is also appreciated for his ability to "assess the opposite side of a deal and judge the risk," for his "sound advice," and the fact that "he covers a wide range of international corporate, commercial and financial transactions."

Bars and Courts

  • Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • New York State Bar


  • JD, The George Washington University Law School
  • BA, Portland State University


  • English
  • Japanese



  • Corporate and Project Finance, Japan Business Law, Kluwer Law International, 2007
  • Guide to Japanese Intellectual Property Law, AIPLA Quarterly Journal, Volume 26 No.1

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global

Corporate/M&A: International Firms: Registered Foreign Lawyers – Japan

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific

Corporate/M&A: International Firms: Registered Foreign Lawyers – Japan

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures: Foreign Lawyers – Japan

Leading Lawyer, IFLR 1000

M&A - Japan