Iwata Godo > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Iwata Godo
TOKYO 100-6315

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 3


The firm: Iwata Godo is one of Japan’s premier and oldest law firms. It was established in 1902 as one of the first business law firms by Chuzo Iwata, an attorney-at-law who subsequently held various positions, including serving as Minister of Justice and president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. It is a full-service firm and its practice areas are highly regarded.

Areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: the firm provides advice on all areas of competition law (including dawn raids, leniency programs and compliance training). The firm has a strong antitrust litigation team with experience of working on multi-jurisdictional cartels. It also advises on cross-border M&A transactions and handles merger control filings before the Fair Trade Commission of Japan.

Banking and finance: the firm has advised financial institutions for decades, including the Bank of Japan, Japan’s mega-banks and regional banks, trust banks, foreign banks and borrowers on all aspects of financings. It regularly represents clients in lending transactions of every type, including leveraged acquisition financings, asset based financings, recapitalisations and restructuring facilities. Iwata Godo provides a full range of transactional, advisory and litigation services in connection with the structuring, offering and trading of commodity and derivative products.

General corporate/corporate governance: Iwata Godo advises many of its clients on a wide range of corporate and securities law matters. Boards and senior management regularly call upon the firm in connection with their most sensitive matters including dealing with potential violations of laws or regulations or shareholder demands. The firm’s compliance/anti-corruption team includes former officers of the Financial Services Agency.

Mergers and acquisitions: the practice covers mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures, and combines an excellent legal and transactional track record. The firm’s legal skills are generally enhanced by in-depth knowledge of a large number of industries and their legal and regulatory requirements.

Commercial contracts: the firm advises on a wide variety of commercial contracts, both domestic and international (including supply, manufacturing, distribution, agency, franchising and outsourcing).

Employment: the firm’s employment team routinely handles a wide variety of employment matters including work rules, redundancies, labour disputes and employee benefits.

Energy: the firm has represented a number of key players, including Japanese electric power companies, in the infrastructure, resources and energy sectors, including in nuclear and renewables.

IP: the firm’s IP practice represents clients on contentious and non-contentious matters (including IP-focused M&A transactions and IP agreements (licensing, partnering, technology transfers). The firm regularly advises on IP audits, confidentiality and non-compete undertakings, import/export control, and employee-inventors’ rights issues.

Data protection and privacy:  the firm’s team helps clients to manage their legal risks. It provides strategic advice, regulatory updates, and advises on systems and processes in place, the design and implementation of policies, accountability issues and international data transfers.

Healthcare: the firm’s healthcare practice advises on a range of topics covered by pharmaceutical laws and related rules and on general corporate and commercial areas, including acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances and competition issues.

Litigation: the firm’s litigation practice is among the most prominent and accomplished in Japan and the practice handles a broad range of disputes in all sectors.

Real estate: Iwata Godo’s practice encompasses a broad range of transactions, including J-REIT, real estate fund offerings and portfolio acquisitions, as well as more traditional real estate development, purchase, sale and financing transactions.

Tax: the firm advises on the tax aspects of mergers and spin offs, investment structuring and the tax aspects of securities offerings and commercial lending transactions. It also assists clients with their tax controversies.

Antitrust and competition (including EU laws)
Banking, finance and regulatory
Capital markets
Commercial contracts
Construction and infrastructure
Corporate law and compliance
Data Protection and Privacy
Healthcare and life sciences
Insolvency and restructuring
Intellectual property
Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
Mergers and acquisitions
Project finance
Real estate
Number of lawyers : 70
Contacts : Shinya Tago (stago@iwatagodo.com)
Contacts : Landry Guesdon (lguesdon@iwatagodo.com)