Over 35 years of Japanese and international legal experience
Clifford Chance has had a presence in Tokyo since 1974 and we established our current office in 1987, offering clients access to one of the largest combined international/domestic law offices in Japan.
From our Tokyo office, we provide a comprehensive Japanese and multi-jurisdictional legal service, combining the strength of a worldwide network with local expertise.
For transactions that require the expertise of both Japanese and foreign lawyers, we operate as a single team under the leadership of experienced partners, providing our clients with a seamless service and comprehensively addressing all their legal needs, whether Japanese or international.
International services for a world-leading economy
The financial and economic hub of the world's most dynamic region, and with an increasingly internationalised economy, Japan stands in a unique strategic position in world markets, demanding legal services of the highest calibre for both Japanese and international clients.
Our lawyers have played a leading role in some of the most high-profile deals in Japan, and advise on a broad variety of matters. We have the capacity to handle large-scale and complex transactions in a timely and cost efficient manner.
Our goal is to satisfy our clients with a service that goes beyond simply presenting the law or technical aspects of documentation by understanding the nature of their business, the objectives of each transaction and the legal and commercial issues that are of importance to them, and so provide accurate, innovative and commercially attuned advice.
Our teams advised Kookmin Bank on Asia’s first covered bond offering, an issue worth US$1 billion; and the underwriters of a dual-tranche Singapore-listed convertible bond issue by Asahi Glass Company, Limited, one of the largest glass makers in the world.
We also advised Japanese industrial conglomerate Mitsui & Co Ltd on an innovative US$1 billion PIPE investment and block trade in, and consortium takeover bid for, a Hong Kong-listed LCD maker; and Development Bank of Japan Inc. as mandated lead bondholder on the refinancing of bridge facilities for the acquisition of Senoko Power, Singapore's largest integrated power generation company.
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Legal areas in Japan
- Acquisition finance
- Asset finance
- Banking and finance
- Debt and equity capital markets
- Derivatives and structured products
- Funds and insurance
- Intellectual property
- Investment management
- Inward investment and joint ventures
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Private equity
- Projects, energy and infrastructure
- Real estate acquisitions, disposals and financings
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Securitisation and repackaging
- Structured finance
Clifford Chance Law Office (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo)