Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Marunouchi Building 16th Floor
2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-6316

Japan > Labour and employment: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

New to the ranking this year, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s employment and labour Japan-based practice advises both employers and former employees all aspects of employment issues for international and domestic clients. The firm also assists global companies in their initial entry into Japan and are instructed in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a core focus being HR issues. The practice is jointly led by Carol Tsuchida, a Japan-based US qualified employment lawyer with a focus on asset management firms/financial institutions and Mitsuyoshi Saito, a dual qualified (Japan and New York) employment specialist in the design and implementation of employment policies for international and domestic clients.

Practice head(s):

Carol Tsuchida; Mitsuyoshi Saito

Japan > Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s corporate and M&A practice advises Japanese clients and US clients abroad on a range of cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. Led by Motonori Araki, the team advises on technology and life sciences related transactions. Araki has extensive expertise advising electric/machinery clients. Mitsuyoshi Saito  is adept in the aforementioned areas, as well as dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Motonori Araki

Other key lawyers:


‘As always, their area of expertise is wide and extensive. From licensing, litigation to M&A, no matter what area, they have top notch talents with bunch of experience.’

‘They take very down to earth, hands-on approach and always comes up with multiple options depending on clients preference. In any case, they always consider pros and cons from multiple angles, and try to come up with the best results jointly. ’

‘Teams capability to access and utilize the firm’s resources worldwide. Top of Tokyo office is supportive and quick in bringing in the above.’

‘Moto Araki can bring the firm’s worldwide resources to his client in japan, organize the direct access and support in case needed.’

Key clients

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical


Olympus Corporation

Sompo Digital Lab Sompo Holdings, Inc.

Shenzhen Yitoa Intelligent Control Co., Ltd. (YITOA) Yitoa Micro Technology Corporation (MTC)

Japan > Intellectual property: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's IP practice covers a wide range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, life sciences, and electronics. Within these industries, the firm regularly advises on patent prosecution strategies, licensing and transactions for Japanese head-quartered multinationals. The team is led by Motonori Araki, who’s primary focuses within IP are licensing, due diligence, and international dispute resolution. Mitsuyoshi Saito and Jitsuro Morishita are also names of note and key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Motonori Araki

Other key lawyers:

Mitsuyoshi Saiko; Jitsuro Morishita

Key clients

MEI Pharma

The firm: At Morgan Lewis, we work in collaboration around the world—always ready to respond to the needs of our clients and craft powerful solutions for them. From our offices in strategic hubs of commerce, law, and government across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, we work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups.

Our team of more than 2,200 lawyers and specialists provides comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and e-commerce, sports, technology, and transportation. We focus on both immediate and long-term goals with our clients, helping them address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes.

We approach every representation with an equal commitment to first understanding, and then efficiently and effectively advancing, the interests of our clients and arriving at the best results. If a client has a question, we’ll immediately find the person in our global network with the answer. If there’s a shift in the legal landscape, we’re on top of it, and our clients will be too.

Founded in 1873, we stand on the shoulders of nearly 150 years of achievement, but we never rest on our reputation.

Areas of practice: The Morgan Lewis Tokyo office serves as primary international counsel for a number of leading Japanese companies and asset managers, and as primary counsel in Japan for many of our global clients with operations in Asia. Our team in Tokyo includes both US lawyers covering a broad range of practices and Japanese lawyers with experience in the financial services and related corporate and employment areas working in our Tokyo office through a foreign law joint enterprise structure.

We represent clients across Asia in complex cross-border transactions, asset management regulation, and disputes. Areas of particular focus in Tokyo include asset management, private equity, corporate and project finance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring transactions, and licensing and other technology matters. We also advise on compliance issues and internal investigations, and provide a full range of e-Data and other litigation support services.

Our Tokyo lawyers work seamlessly with their colleagues across the firm’s offices throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, with access to teams that can provide advice and services wherever and whenever needed. Our firm’s breadth of resources enables us to advise clients on issues unique to their industries and the locations where they do business.

Investment management
Capital markets
Intellectual property
Technology transactions/licensing
Labour and employment
Internal investigations
Project finance
Number of lawyers : Over 2200
at this office : 16
Contacts : Motonori Araki, office managing partner