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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

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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

Awards

  • 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

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

Directory Listings

Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan 2018, 2019, 2020

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Japan 2019, 2020

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

IFLR 1000, Japan 2018, 2019, 2020

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: Banking - Foreign
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Debt – Foreign
  • Tier one in Capital Markets: Structured finance and securitisation – Foreign

Client comments

  • "Totally satisfied with this firm. In addition to the accuracy and promptness based on its global network all over the world, it is also familiar with Japanese practices and regulations, especially public affairs."
    IFLR 1000 (2020) – Project Finance (Foreign firms)
  • "Clifford Chance's strong point is understanding our business and relationships with lenders."
  • "Clifford Chance is proactive, efficient, commercial, responsive, and cost effective."
    IFLR 1000 (2020) – Capital Markets: Debt – Foreign
  • "High level of knowledge of transaction structures and substantive law supporting structures. The firm is efficient and helped to resolve issues and move the matter to completion. It met all deadlines and responded promptly."
  • "The most regardable point is the speed of each response. The firm has met our expected timeline with a certain level of quality."
    IFLR 1000 (2020) – Capital Markets: Structured finance and securitisation – Foreign
  • "Compared to other English law firms, they have more Japanese lawyers and there is a high level of confidence in cross-border cases where multiple applicable laws apply," explains one client, adding: "In addition, their knowledge of aircraft finance is very high."
  • "experienced and have a deep understanding of huge projects involving government financial institutions."
    Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Banking and Finance (Domestic firms), 2020
  • "They are reliable and very experienced in the structured finance market," report impressed clients, singling the team out as "definitely one of our first choices for large international financing transactions."
  • "provide comprehensive high-level legal services for cross-border transactions."
    Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Banking and Finance (International firms), 2020
  • "They try to increase the client's satisfaction by meeting deadlines strictly, they are very responsive and whenever any regulations change they immediately provide us with that information proactively. I really appreciate that."
    Chambers Asia Pacific, Japan, Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets, 2020

Areas of expertise

Practice areas

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