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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)
     

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

Directory Listings

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance : Banking - Domestic
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

  • 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 (2018)

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

IFLR 1000 (2017)

  • 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

  • "The team's services are excellent and it has a deep understanding of Japanese clients," highlights one client, while another adds: "It's business-oriented and understands the business practice in Japan."
    Chambers Asia Pacific,  2018
  • "The firm's attitude is very client-focused."
    Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
  • "They are very professional and we appreciate the speed and the quality of their work."
    Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
  • "As ‘the standout firm in the market’, Clifford Chance Law Office has ‘a deep understanding of Japanese clients’ and provides them with ‘a professional, knowledgeable and pragmatic service’, which is ‘unmatched by others in the field’." 
    The Legal 500, 2018
  • "Clifford Chance Law Office has ‘an excellent level of service, which brings to the table an unbeatable mix of international and Japanese approaches that are detail-oriented, pragmatic and professional’"
    The legal 500, 2018
  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "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 

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