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Clifford Chance

Japan

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 2022, 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 2022, Japan

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

IFLR 1000 Asia Pacific, 31st edition (2020/2021), 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

  • "familiar with the practices and requirements of international financial institutions, which makes it easier for us to explain what we want to achieve."
  • "They are extremely capable, conscientious, detail-oriented and very easy to work with. They are one of the main reasons I have consistently emphasised within my company the value of our relationship with Clifford Chance Tokyo."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Banking and Finance (Domestic firms), 2022

  • "output quality and commitment are both very high level and highly professional." 
  • "My impression that it is a law firm that provides extremely high-quality legal services with an extensive global network and a detailed follow-up system for customers."
  • "I'm reassured with Clifford Chance's work, as they carefully create and execute plans with a firm awareness of the goals of the project,"

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Banking and Finance (International firms), 2022

  • "strong capital market credentials and experts" , "excellent, very high level of performance" , "They have a wealth of experience in Reg S transactions."

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Capital Markets: International, 2022

  • "Helped us with extensive knowledge and understanding about aviation, Japanese investors, our capacity and counterparty's demand.

IFLR 1000 (30th edition (2019/2020)) – Asset Finance (Foreign firms)

  • "The team is consistent and hardly changes members and as such, the institutional knowledge is valuable to clients who often rotate staff."

IFLR 1000 (30th edition (2019/2020)) – Capital Markets: Debt – Foreign

  • "Clifford Chance provides timely, thorough and useful advice on compliance with the Japan reporting requirements.  The team of legal assistants who handle the filings are exceptionally capable.

IFLR 1000 (30th edition (2019/2020)) – Financial services regulatory (Foreign firms)

Awards

  • Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2021
  • Asia-Pacific Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2020
  • Finance Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers and Partners Japan Awards 2019
  • Client Service Firm of the Year
    Chambers and Partners Japan Awards 2019
  • Project Finance Deal of the Year – Nghi Son 2 1,200 MW Coal-Fired Power Project in Vietnam
    Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2019
  • Real Estate Deal of the Year – AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets’ Joint Venture with ESR 
    Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2019
  • Project Finance Deal of the Year – Nghi Son 2 1,200 MW Coal-Fired Power Project in Vietnam
    Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Law Awards 2019
  • Capital Eye Best Deals of 2019 – JFM Inaugural Green Bond
    Foreign Bonds Special Award 2019

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