Law

LAW

Our attorneys, foreign law attorneys, and judicial scriveners are a multicultural and multilingual team of legal professionals who have a deep understanding of doing business in Europe, the US, and Japan. We have a strong record of providing goal-oriented and practical solutions to our clients as we understand the business issues at hand. As a full-service law firm, we can advise on a wide range of practice areas, including the following:

 

Corporate

Our corporate practice provides companies with legal advice on setting up a Japanese entity (including corporations (kabushiki kaisha), limited liability companies (godo kaisha), branches, etc.) for foreign companies that are interested in starting a business in Japan. We also advise on corporate governance, corporate maintenance, and other corporate legal and regulatory requirements.

 

Commercial Transactions

We provide advice on all forms and types of commercial contracts including license, manufacturing, sales, and services agreements. Our approach is to understand the client’s business needs so that we can give the client appropriate legal advice that takes into consideration any commercial risks.

 

M&A and Company Reorganisation

Our attorneys have extensive experience in the full range of public and private cross-border and domestic transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, share transfers, TOBs, and MBOs. The transactions cover various industries such as technology, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and consumer markets.

 

Finance (Investment & Financing Arrangements)

We advise on a wide variety of financial products, including asset, corporate, real estate, acquisition, and aircraft finance. Our deep knowledge and experience in financial regulatory issues helps us provide companies with further insight into the financial market of Japan.

 

Aviation

We are experienced in litigation matters such as acting as defense counsel for Japanese and foreign airline companies in civil and criminal litigation involving aircraft accidents and claims work. We have also been involved in numerous aircraft sale and purchase agreements as well as aircraft financing arrangements and M&A type transactions.

 

Employment

Companies operating in Japan are constantly dealing with employment law matters, and our attorneys are actively involved in advising on compliance with labor regulations; drafting company employment rules and corporate pensions; and dealing with labor unions and disputes.

 

Regulatory Issues

Our attorneys continually monitor regulatory changes and have worked with the FSA, JFTC, and other regulatory authorities regarding issues involving the Banking Act, Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, competitive policy (Anti-Monopoly Act, Subcontracting Act, Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act), Insurance Business Law, and the Political Funds Control Act. Our attorneys also have experience advising on US anti-trust and FCPA issues.

 

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

We have the capability and experience to take on a broad range of commercial and criminal disputes including representing clients in complex international arbitrations and high-profile criminal cases. We have also litigated numerous disputes involving IP issues, labor disputes, and corporate and individual criminal acts under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, Criminal Act, Anti-Monopoly Act, etc.

 

Bankruptcy

We advise on the full spectrum of insolvency and business rehabilitation issues for financially-distressed companies involved in bankruptcy, civil rehabilitation, corporate reorganization, special liquidation, and private arrangement proceedings.