Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower - 41st Floor
9-10, Roppongi 1-Chome
Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032
The Firm’s Tokyo office was established in 1990 and has a leading practice among U.S. law firms in the areas of cross-border capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. The Tokyo office provides clients with experienced transactional lawyers who have Japanese language capability and can also call upon the full range of the Firm’s expertise. In addition, the Tokyo office provides litigation support to Japanese corporations involved in disputes in the U.S. or international arbitral forums together with attorneys in the Firm’s U.S. offices.
The Tokyo office consistently participates in the largest capital markets transactions involving Japanese issuers, particularly initial public offerings, global equity offerings and bank capital transactions. Engagements as issuer’s counsel include the initial public offerings of Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Elpida Memory, Otsuka Holdings, Seiko Epson, Seven Bank, Shinsei Bank, Sony Financial Holdings and SUMCO, as well as global equity offerings by All Nippon Airways, Chuo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Mitsubishi Chemical, Mizuho Financial Group, Nippon Yusen, Resona Holdings and Universal Studios Japan. The office also regularly represents underwriters in the Tokyo market, including on global equity and debt offerings by Idemitsu, J-Power, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Nomura Holdings, ORIX Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Toyota.
The Firm has been active in groundbreaking cross-border M&A transactions involving Japan, including advising American International Group in the sale of two Japanese life insurance subsidiaries, Citigroup in the sale of BellSystems24, KKR in the acquisition of Intelligence Ltd. and a consortium of major Japanese and Korean steel companies, trading companies and governmental organizations in a $1.95 billion investment in a Brazilian mining company that is the world’s leading producer of niobium. The Firm regularly represents private equity firms, strategic buyers and Japanese corporations in connection with cross-border transactions. The Tokyo office has also acted as U.S. legal advisor in connection with a number of major business combinations among Japanese corporations, including Panasonic/Sanyo and Daiichi Pharmaceutical/Sankyo.
In recent years, the Tokyo office has been increasingly involved in U.S. litigation, particularly for clients in the pharmaceutical and electronic industries, merger review and enforcement, government investigations and international arbitrations involving major Japanese corporations in conjunction with the Firm’s other offices.
Lawyers in the Tokyo office have considerable experience and a long-term commitment to the market. David Sneider has been head of the Tokyo office since 1994. Alan Cannon joined the Tokyo office in 1998 after first working in the Firm’s New York and Hong Kong offices and has been a partner since 2003. Takahiro Saito joined the Tokyo office in 2000 after working in the Firm’s New York office and became the Firm’s first Japanese partner in 2008.