K&L Gates’ Tokyo office was established in January 2010 and provides full-service Japanese legal services, in addition to cross-border transactional advice. Our Tokyo office advises international firms in Japan-related transactions and on all aspects of their operations in Japan and advises Japanese firms on both domestic and cross-border transactions. The lawyers in our Tokyo office are qualified in Japan, the U.S., and England. Our Tokyo-based lawyers are fluent in both English and Japanese and all are either Japanese nationals or longstanding residents of Japan.
Our core practices are: corporate transactions and general corporate matters; cross-border M&A and joint ventures; aircraft and shipping finance and other international finance matters; Japan regulatory matters, including financial (Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Law), pharmaceutical and health care, and renewable energy; commercial litigation; international arbitration; employment matters and disputes, and real estate finance and acquisitions. Our lawyers are experienced in cross-border transactions, having advised on Japanese and international joint ventures and foreign direct investment both into Japan and by Japanese companies overseas.
The Tokyo office works with companies in the energy, trading, technology, and transportation sectors, as well as export credit agencies (ECAs), multilateral banks, commercial banks, international private equity firms, securities companies, and other financial institutions. Particular strengths include aircraft and equipment leasing, equipment finance, project finance, oil and gas upstream projects, sovereign lending, licensing and distribution arrangements, real estate finance, and high-tech ventures.