Firm Profile > Jones Day > Tokyo , Japan

Jones Day
TOKYO 105-0001

Antitrust and competition: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

Jones Day represents both large companies and small innovative companies in a wide variety of industries ranging from manufacturers to service providers, including automobile manufacturers, chip manufacturers, telecommunication companies, distributors, and retailers. Hiromitsu Miyakawa's team is especially strong in the field of global investigations where he has substantial experience with the JFTC and many other international regulatory bodies. Of counsel Yuki Yoshida is also a key name to note; he advises on the antitrust issues arising from large-scale corporate transactions and new technologies such as blockchain.

Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

Jones Day handles significant inbound deals such as the sale of MassMutual Japan to Nippon Life, as well as outbound deals including TDK Corporation’s acquisition of NYSE-listed InvenSense. While the corporate practice is well-known for its expertise in the life sciences space, and its strong capabilities in the realm of private equity, it has recently continued to expand upon its activities for Japanese trading houses in the context of outbound M&A transactions. Stephen DeCosse and Yuichiro Mori jointly lead the practice with the support of private equity specialist Gregory Salathé.

Intellectual property: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

At Jones DayMaxwell Fox and of counsel Shogo Asaji focus on litigation, post-grant proceedings, patent analysis and assertions, patent licensing negotiations and agreements in both the United States and Japan. The pair are especially strong and adept at representing Japanese companies in US patent litigation, particularly in helping clients navigate patent discovery obligations. On the domestic front, Michiru Takahashi advises on trademark issues including trade mark clearance, counterfeiting counselling, as well as trade mark infringement litigation, and maintains longstanding relationships with a number of global brands.

Tax: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

Jones Day's Japan-based tax team works closely with the firm's M&A, intellectual property, real estate and finance practices as well as with its overseas offices, particularly in the US. Led by of counsel Koichi Inoue, the group primarily advises on outbound cross-border transactions, the restructuring of overseas operations conducted by Japanese companies, as well as inbound transactions conducted by foreign companies in Japan, and tax disputes.

Real estate and construction: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Jones Day’s real estate team represents foreign real estate funds investing in the Japanese real market using tokutei mokuteki kaisha (TMK) and GK/TK schemes. In conjunction with the tax and corporate M&A practice groups, the real estate team also acts for domestic Japan clients in outbound matters. Also notable is the firm's considerable experience in the renewable power and infrastructure sectors where it handles significant project development and construction mandates. Katsumi Shirai spearheads the group with a strong focus on downstream real estate and renewable energy project acquisition transactions.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A, corporate Toru Yamada
M&A, corporate Steve DeCosse
M&A, corporate Scott Jones
M&A, corporate Dan Matsuda
M&A, corporate Nobutoshi Yamanouchi
Antitrust Hiromitsu Miyakawa
Antitrust Shinya Watanabe
Real estate Masatomo Suzuki
IP Michiru Takahashi
IP Shogo Asaji
IP Maxwell Fox
Banking and finance John C Roebuck
Banking and finance Hirokazu Ina
Projects and infrastructure Kaoru Umino
Projects and infrastructure Eric Sedlak
Government regulation Tadakatsu Sano
Global dispute Takashi Tanazawa
Global dispute Yuichiro Mori
Business restructuring and reorganisation Yuichiro Mori
Tax Koichi Inoue
Labour and employment Yulchiro Mori
Labour and employment Shinya Watanabe
Number of lawyers : 2,500+
at this office : 50 approx
American Bar Association
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
International Trademark Association
Trust Companies Association for Japan
Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law
American Chamber of Commerce