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Clifford Chance


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

Directory and client comments

Directory Listings

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2023, Japan

  • Band 1 in Banking & Finance (Domestic Firms)
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Securitisation & Structured Finance

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023, Japan

  • Tier 1 in Banking & Finance: International firms and joint ventures
  • Tier 1 in Capital Markets: International firms and joint ventures
  • Tier 1 in FinTech: International firms and joint ventures
  • Tier 1 in Real Estate and Construction: International firms and joint ventures

IFLR 1000 Asia Pacific, 33rd edition (2022/2023), Japan

  • Tier 1 in Banking - Foreign
  • Tier 1 in Capital Markets: Debt – Foreign
  • Tier 1 in Capital Markets: Structured finance and securitisation – Foreign

Client comments

  • "Clifford Chance provides quality advice and speedy responses, and they greatly assist in the smooth execution of cases."
  • "The Clifford Chance team is very responsive and understands our commercial objectives well."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Banking and Finance (Domestic firms), 2023

  • "They provide practical legal advice and suggest solutions from the client’s perspective."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Capital Markets: International, 2023

  • "They understand the commercial interest of the client well, resulting in very practical and quick response."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Corporate M&A, 2023

  • "The team has a strong understanding of international project finance transactions and market standards, and is able to guide us effectively."
  • "We are very much satisfied with their speed, information and coordination capability with various resources."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Projects & Energy, 2023

  • "The team consists of very experienced partners and seasoned counsels with understanding of client needs."
  • "We have received quick and accurate feedback regarding documents and legal inquiries."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Real Estate, 2023


  • Asia-Pacific Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia Pacific and Greater China Region Awards 2023
  • Innovative Law Firm (headquartered outside of Asia Pacific)
    FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia 2023
  • Innovative Lawyers in Transforming Industries
    FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia 2023
  • Internationl Firm of the Year
  • IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2022
  • Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2022
  • Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2021




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