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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Japan Group Germany

Our Japan Group Germany advises Japanese companies and banks on a wide range of matters relating to business in Europe. We have been working with Japanese clients for decades, combining legal expertise, market know-how and local presence.

Seamless and integrated legal service

We are very familiar with the specific needs and requirements of Japanese players, including the role of headquarters in Japan and internal approval processes. Several of the core team members based in our German offices are bilingual Japanese speakers and regularly conduct transactions directly linked to Japan in Japanese. To provide our clients with a seamless and integrated legal service, the Japan Group Germany works closely with Tokyo-based colleagues, the Japanese business community as well as local business organisations. An in-depth understanding of commercial backgrounds and the local political environment as well as comprehensive market knowledge, efficient project management and reliable solutions enhance our legal advice.

Sector expertise

Our focus is on delivering a blend of high-quality legal input and pragmatic business-focused advice. We act on numerous transactions for Japanese clients across multiple sectors such as energy and utilities, healthcare, life sciences and chemicals, telecommunications, media and technology, industrials, automotive, financial institutions, insurance and real estate.

Highly rated by clients and competitors

Our aim is to build and maintain sustainable relationships with our clients. We appreciate their feedback, which is regularly published in independent legal directories.

  • “It is an excellent firm which offers high-quality services across a broad range of practice groups.”
    Chambers Europe 2022: Corporate/M&A
  • "Excellent networking in the industry, very strong track record and global network with sector experts in a wide variety of jurisdictions."
    Legal 500 Germany 2022: Banking and finance
  • “Familiar with the practices and requirements of international financial institutions, which makes it easier for us to explain what we want to achieve.”
    Chambers Japan 2022: Banking and finance


  • Band One in the category Corporate/M&A
    Chambers Europe 2022
  • Band One in the category Banking & Finance
    Legal 500 Germany 2022
  • Band One in the category Banking & Finance
    Chambers Japan 2022
  • Band One in the category M&A
    JUVE 2022