Brian Strawn

Partner Of Counsel, 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


Brian Strawn is recognised as a leading voice in Japan on cross-border M&A and commercial law. 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 over three decades of experience in Japan, both as an entrepreneur in the auto industry 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" and that Brian "stands out as a rare combination of wide knowledge not only of legal matters but across many industrial fields, with the good sense to guide by suggestion and not forcing through his opinion. His unflappable demeanor often helps clients through a difficult situation." Brian has also been recognized as a "Best Lawyer in Japan" for Corporate/M&A law since 2014.

In addition to his native English, Brian speaks and reads Japanese fluently and is capable of providing bilingual advice in both English and Japanese on all aspects of his practice.

Brian is a member of the following: New York Bar Association, Daini Tokyo Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) (Jurisdiction of Primary Qualification: New York, USA)
The George Washington University Law School
Portland State University



Guide to Japanese Intellectual Property Law, AIPLA Quarterly Journal, Volume 26 No.1

Awards and Recognition

Hall of Fame, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures—Japan

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A: International—Japan

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global
Corporate/M&A: International—Japan

Leading Lawyer (Highly Regarded): M&A—Japan, IFLR1000