Brian Strawn

Partner, Tokyo


“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 matters, 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 nearly three decades 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 "has an exceptional ability to understand and execute in a cross-cultural setting."

Bars and Courts
Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
New York State Bar
The George Washington University Law School
Portland State University



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 and 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