K&L Gates’ Tokyo office was established in January 2010 and now has over 20 lawyers providing full service Japanese legal services in addition a to cross-border transactional advice. Our Tokyo office advises international firms in Japan related transactions and all aspects of their operations in Japan and advises Japanese firms on both domestic and cross-border transactions. The attorneys 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 regulatory (Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Law), pharmaceutical and healthcare regulatory, and renewable energy projects; 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 ECAs, multilateral banks, commercial banks, international private equity firms, securities companies and other financial institutions. Aircraft and equipment leasing, equipment finance, project finance, oil & gas upstream projects, sovereign lending, licensing and distribution arrangements, real estate finance, and high-tech ventures are some of the office's particular strengths.