Clifford Chance

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    Clifford Chance, Tokyo

    Palace Building, 3rd floor
    1-1, Marunouchi 1-chome
    Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

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    Clifford Chance has worked for more than 40 years on Japan related matters. We understand Japanese business and have a strong track record of high-profile work for international clients investing in Japan, and for Japanese companies building their overseas business.

    A well-established team

    The firm has advised Japanese clients since 1974 and opened the Tokyo office in 1987. Our lawyers know the culture and practicalities of Japanese business and advise clients on both international and Japanese law. Our fully-integrated practice of Japanese and foreign lawyers working side-by-side ensures that we are familiar with both local and international legal and business practices, enabling us to provide relevant and culturally-attuned advice. We have top-ranked teams across practices: Capital Markets, Corporate, Finance and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

    A proven track record on inbound and outbound transactions

    We have longstanding relationships with Japanese companies, banks, and institutions. When we work with these clients on cross-border matters their team often includes domestic lawyers and specialist lawyers from our 23-country network. We're used to working in these extended teams to cover every aspect of a deal – from fund- raising and regulatory filings to documenting international-law issues in Japanese.

    A proactive approach to client relationships

    Our lawyers work hard to keep clients briefed on new developments. These range from technical updates on regulatory changes and new forms of finance, to sharing our partners' deep sector-knowledge of market trends and opportunities. We are also always searching for innovative ways to deliver the best service to our clients.

    Recent highlights

    Awards

    • 2017: Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: International Deal Firm of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: Aviation Law Firm of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: Japan Deal of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: M&A Deal of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: Real Estate Deal of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: Dealmaker of the Year: Reiko Sakimura (Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards)
    • 2016: Best Private Equity Deal (Japan Achievement Awards 2015/16 by FinanceAsia)
    • 2016: The Most Innovative Deal (Japan Achievement Awards 2015/16 by FinanceAsia)
    • 2016: Private Equity Law Firm of the Year – International (Asian Legal Business Law Awards)
    • 2016: Law Firm of the Year in Asia (transactions) (Private Equity International Awards)
    • 2016: Asia Pacific Law Firm of the Year on transactions (GlobalCapital Awards)
       

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    Directory listings and client comments

    Directory Listings

    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance (Domestic Firms)
    • Tier One in Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets

    Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance (Domestic Firms)
    • Tier One in Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets

    Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance (International firms and joint ventures)
    • Tier One in Capital Markets: (International firms and joint ventures)
    • Tier One in Structured finance/ securitisation: (International firms and joint ventures)

    IFLR 1000 (2016)

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance (Foreign firms)
    • Tier One in Capital Markets: (Foreign firms)

    Client comments

    • "They provide valuable advice based on rich experience. They explain the background and rationale in a way which is easy for the client to understand."
    • "They offer a great level of service if you need something bedded more in an international perspective."
      Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Banking and Finance (Domestic firms)
    • "They are an excellent team from top to bottom. They are very proactive and anticipated what we expect and answered our questions before we asked them."
      Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Banking and Finance (International firms)
    • "They gave us careful advice. They have a range of experience in Japan and more globally."
    • "The quotes are reasonable, competitive, and they're flexible if we think it's too expensive."
      Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 – Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets
    • "They are a top-notch, excellent team."
      Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 – Banking and Finance (Domestic firms)
    • "For UK regulatory-related advice, they are excellent."
      Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 – Banking and Finance (International firms)
    • "They are very prompt, and keep us well informed. They do impressively high-quality work."
    • "The team is very efficient, and understands the investment bank business, thanks to its experience."
      Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 – Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets
    • "The level of service at Clifford Chance Law Office 'is outstanding', according to clients."
      Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
    • "We had an excellent experience with the team and the seniors involved in this transaction. The level of expertise was very high across a complex, high-profile privatisation and acquisition financing project in Japan. The Clifford Chance team is perfectly bilingual and could support us across English and Japanese documentation and negotiation requirements. The team was extremely hard-working, bright and creative. They worked well across Japanese and French time zones and were always available to support our needs. We especially noted its ability to support us in trying to achieve a transaction that was blending the best of international best practice and Japanese best practice. I would highly recommend the Clifford Chance team, and look forward to working with them again."
      IFLR 1000 (2016) – Project Finance (Foreign firms)
    • "We engaged the law firm with regard to the acquisition of a German private company in the healthcare sector. The law firm has a good reputation in the fields of M&A in Europe including due diligence, documentation and signing and closing assistance – its services fully satisfied us."
    • "knows the market well, and know the precedents well too – a very safe pair of hands"
      IFLR 1000 (2016) – Corporate and M&A

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