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Japan > Antitrust and competition: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

Morrison Foerster's antitrust practice offers Japanese and non-Japanese clients an extensive depth of antitrust expertise across a number of industries. The firm regularly works on matters in the technology, automotive, transport, and pharmaceutical industries on merger reviews, monopoly issues, cartel matters, unfair trade practices, and administrative fines cases. The team is led by Tokyo and Brussels-based Rony Gerrits, who is also the co-chair of the firm’s global antitrust law practice group, and an expert in global cartel cases and follow-on civil damages litigation. Chie Yakura bolsters the team's technology-related antitrust disputes practice, and regularly serves as lead counsel. Tomohiko Kimura and Daiske Yoshida also specialise in merger control, cartel defence, anti-corruption, and unfair trade practices investigations. Takahiro Nonaka is also a name of note, having joined from DLA Piper as is Andrew Meyer. Nonaka focuses on government and internal investigations, and Meyer is a litigation specialist.

Practice head(s):

Rony Gerrits

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of global antitrust rules. Their ability to integrate closely with our company and understand the way we operate globally is unique.’

‘The antitrust team specializes in practical, responsive competition advice, in particular dealing with regulators/investigators in Europe, the US or other parts of the world.’

Key clients

Hitachi, Ltd.

Renesas Electronics Corp.

Toshiba Corporation

Fujitsu

Gilead Sciences Inc.

FUJIFILM

Sumitomo Corporation

Santen Pharmaceutical

SoftBank

ON Semiconductor

Work highlights

  • Advising SoftBank and Arm on U.S. and global antitrust aspects of $40 billion sale of Arm to NVIDIA.
  • Acted for Sprint Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp. in successfully closing the landmark $59 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.
  • Represented Santen in its newly formed joint venture with Alphabet subsidiary Verily.

Japan > Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

A stand-out practice in Tokyo Morrison Foerster handles some of the regions highest profile, high-value work. The team represents and advises both Japanese and international companies on public and private acquisitions, complex carve-outs, spin-outs, joint ventures, and in/outbound strategic alliances. Ken Siegel, who leads the practice, led the team in advising SoftBank in the US$40bn sale of UK headquartered multinational semiconductor and software design company Arm Limited to US chip company NVIDIA. Within the team Gary Smith is also a key contact, particularly in relation to Southeast Asia, South Asia, and South American businesses. Randy Laxer’s practice focuses on inbound and outbound joint ventures, private equity, and strategic buyouts in the tech, life sciences, and media industries. Stan Yukevivch and Jeff Schrepfer are also of note, as is Jeremy White. Co-head of the firm’s Asia private equity practice Nozomi Oda bolsters the team and advises on a wide range of Japanese regulatory matters. Leo Aguilar is also of note, focusing on strategic alliances and joint ventures across the technology, energy, and infrastructure industries.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘This firm has been contributing quite long to our company to various matters under very complex relationship between our shareholder corporation. Under such situation, their strength is quick comprehension of business back ground and suggestion of practical solution with full understanding of business background. Mere knowledge of laws and regulations of related countries is not sufficient for us. ’

‘Their overall strength is as noted above but most of such comes from Mr. Gary Mitchel Smith, Partner and I noticed his attitude spread to all his team members.’

‘Other than the fact that MOFO is a highly professional firm where advice to clients has been instrumental and practical but what differentiate is its ability to lead the transactional advise out locally in both Japanese law and US laws in timely manner beyond that provided by other global firms also based locally in Japan.’

‘The level of people based in Tokyo outstand other global firm creating higher confidence to advise directly coming from the Tokyo office, with support coming from their overseas offices. I also do see the Partners are extremely well connected with their overseas Partners as one firm which are usually fully on board when they are necessary to be a part of any conversation, which further gives comfort to who we are getting the advice from’

‘Lead Partner I have worked with was Mr. Randy Laxer. He has always shown commitment and is on-top not just of the theme but also of details of any deliverables, oral presentation and capable of QA, negotiation or side-chat seamlessly. Mr. Laxer has been extremely value adding to client’s transaction team in not just the factual assessment of the issues but advising them of the experience of MOFO as a firm on a timely manner beyond what other firms usually can respond allowing client team more time to assess and discuss matter with before making into any action.’

‘We have appointed the same team not only in this project but also in the past, but they always provide high quality. From abundant experience, there are many withdrawals.’

‘Randy Laxer is the lawyer I personally trust most in cross-border M&A. When conducting cross-border M & A transactions with a high degree of difficulty, consider using the first candidate.

‘Rika Saeki. In a nutshell, a lawyer who is attentive and you can feel free to consult with. She looks ahead to the points that the client is not aware of and raises the theme of the issue. She can keep an eye on the details. Japanese law firms are smart for logistical work, but they are conservative in terms of business and unsatisfactory in terms of solutions. On the other hand, foreign-affiliated law firms are often unwieldy in terms of logistics. Randy Laxer’s team, including Rika Saeki, has the impression that there are many smart members on both sides.’

Key clients

Softbank Group Corp.

Tencent Holdings Limited

Palantir Technologies Inc. and Palantir Technologies Japan

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd.

L Catterton

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

TDK Corporation

SBI Holdings

Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising SoftBank in $40 billion sale of Arm to NVIDIA.
  • Advising Tencent as an investor in a $2.2 billion equity raise by Rakuten.
  • Advising Ping An Group in its capital and strategic alliance with Shionogi.

Japan > Dispute resolution: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

The disputes and litigation department at Morrison Foerster offers a sizable bilingual team that serves Japanese clients on international and Japanese litigation matters and arbitrations across the full gamut of disputes work. The team’s expertise is well regarded by Japanese and international clients in the electronics, computer, and semiconductor industries, from which the firm has received new clients and mandates. The team is jointly led by Louise Stoupe and Yuka Teraguchi. Stoupe’s practice centres on technology and complex litigation, with recent instructions including representation of several automotive component manufacturers. New co-lead Teraguchi has a computer science background and focuses IP litigation and counselling. Max Olson is also key contact within the team, recently leading litigation for JOLED Inc in a patent infringement action against Samsung. Takahiro Nonaka joined the team from DLA Piper Tokyo, bringing a strong investigation, compliance, anti-corruption, and antitrust practice to the litigation department. Also of note are Chie Yakura and Akira Irie and Tomohiko Kimura made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Louise Stoupe; Yuka Teraguchi

Testimonials

‘The team was small but diverse. Its advice was very practical and easy to understand which is particularly important in disputes resolution. MoFo also offered complimentary training associated with the work they performed which is a great value add.’

‘Louise Stoupe is extremely knowledgeable and astute on dispute resolution. I was particularly impressed with her knowledge and experience on arbitration across many jurisdiction, which was evident in the practical and strategic advice she provided. For an international corporate, having that international skills and experience is a valuable quality.’

‘The team of Morrison & Foerster are aware of the practices of Japanese companies well, such as decision-making procedure, preparation documents for such decision and acts on a timely basis based on our intentions. In addition, they usually recommend the most effective way to perform the next step in a cost-effective manner.’

‘Max Olson, a partner who has had complete knowledge of our business models and our management system since our company established. When we ask him for an overview of the problem to our businesses, he does recognize the situation and provide the appropriate advices.

‘Akira Irie and Yuka Teraguchi, partners who can speak Japanese and English very well. It’s easy for us to communicate with them and to understand discussions. We feel comfortable. Also, they have abilities to understand our technologies, products and its related patents very well. Their strengths are that they can understand our Japanese documents, our ideas and thoughts accurately, and then can reflect such our input on the response to the courts.’

Key clients

Renesas Electronics

Socionext

JOLED

Mitsui Chemicals

Sanyo Electric

Buffalo

Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited

Nikon

Cadence Design System, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Renesas Electronics Corporation, Renesas Electronics America, and Socionext Inc. in an ITC investigation, in which the ITC issued a final determination affirming the Presiding Administrative Law Judge’s finding that there was no violation of Section 337 with respect to all System-on-Chip patents asserted by Broadcom Corporation.
  • Represented JOLED Inc. in a patent infringement action for  against Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas as part of JOLED’s global patent enforcement campaign.
  • Settled a trade secret misappropriation case filed by Developmental Technologies, LLC, on behalf of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., and its U.S. subsidiary Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.

Japan > Intellectual property: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

The fully bi-lingual and comprehensive IP offering at Morrison Foerster is headed by Louise Stoupe, Masato Hayakawa, and Yuka Teraguchi. The firm has significant experience in advising clients in a number of fields including IT, FinTech, life sciences, telecommunications and the semiconductor industries. Stoupe focuses on commercial litigation and technology related to IP, while Hayakawan’s practice is concentrated on transactional IP matters, such as licensing, technology transfers. Teraguchi is co-head of the litigation department, and is a hardware and software litigation expert. Max Olson is also a name of note, he is an expert patent litigator, often covering multi-jurisdictional cases including in the US. Chie Yakura’s expertise as lead counsel in multiple complex technology and IP related disputes, strengthens the teams offering. In addition, Yukihiro Terazawa is also a litigation expert who handles areas including international licensing and privacy matters, while Akira Irie is noted for frequently representing Japanese clients before US courts.

Practice head(s):

Louise Stoupe; Masato Hayakawa; Yuka Teraguchi

Testimonials

‘Morrison & Foerster has a great team for handling intellectual property matters, particularly patent and antitrust litigation cases.’

‘Ms. Chie Yakura, who is one of partners at MOFO, organizes the teams for handling intellectual property cases. She is an experienced attorney and handled many cases for US clients with US or Japanese opponents.’

‘Has many lawyers with a profession in various fields and developed a team with all the necessary experts. Their turnaround time is very quick and they worked around the clock regardless of the time zone difference. They also supported in both English and Japanese which was very helpful.’

‘The team of Morrison & Foerster are aware of the practices of Japanese companies well, such as decision-making procedure, preparation documents for such decision and acts on a timely basis based on our intentions.’

‘The team is friendly and customer-first. They always provides us with prompt and accurate risk assessment comments for any contracts and negotiations.’

‘Akira Irie and Yuka Teraguchi, are partners who can speak Japanese and English very well. It’s easy for us to communicate with them and to understand discussions. We feel comfortable.’

Key clients

Renesas Electronics Corporation

JOLED Inc.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Socionext Inc.

Fujitsu Limited

Buffalo Inc.

SANYO Electric

NEC

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd.

Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Cadence Design System, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a patent infringement action for JOLED Inc. against Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas as part of JOLED’s global patent enforcement campaign.
  • Represented Socionext in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, in which Computer Circuit Operations claimed that Socionext products with DDR controllers infringe five U.S. patents.
  • Advised Johnson & Johnson and Janssen in the license and technology transfer agreements with PeptiDream.

Japan > Real estate and construction: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

Morrison Foerster’s real estate group is led by Theodore Seltzer and Masahiro Shiga, and represents clients at all stages of the real estate investment cycle, from fund formation issues, to project acquisitions and financings, portfolio sales and public offerings. Seltzer advises on cross-border equity and debt financing issues, fund formations, development projects and distressed loan portfolio acquisitions, while Shiga regularly acts for major commercial lenders, investors and investment banks. Also of note is Joshua Isenberg with extensive expertise in real estate transactions, acting for institutional and private clients in connection with office, industrial, hotel, retail, mixed-use and multi-family projects. Junichi Kurokoshi and Narutake Takasu are also key contacts in relation to real estate transactions. At non-partner level, counsel Christopher Spalding is a noteworthy practitioner.

Testimonials

‘The firm has a well-rounded understanding of technical requirements in the US.’

‘Morrison Foerster is very strong in structured financing in construction/real estate etc. We have worked with them for many years and trust them to handle transactions capably and efficiently.’

‘Theo Seltzer has deep experience, is always calm and collected, and can be relied upon to run a complex process. He has great judgment and is good at offering a well-informed perspective as a foreign lawyer on Japanese legal issues.’

‘They are always kind and calm and easy to contact when we have issues to consult. Very reliable and great members.’

Key clients

Asia Pacific Land (Japan) Limited

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Credit Suisse

Farallon Capital

GreenOak Investment Management

Savills Investment Management

SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.

ITOCHU Corporation

MORI TRUST CO., LTD

Work highlights

  • Represented North American Sekisui House in connection with joint venture investments to develop multi-family residential projects in multiple cities in the US.

Japan > TMT: International firms and joint ventures Tier 1

Morrison Foerster draws on the strength of the firm’s corporate and IP practices to provide clients with advice on technology transactions. The team specialises in content issues, IP development work, branding mandates, licensing matters and technology and partnering transactions leveraging the firm's strong cross-border transactional and litigation expertise. Industries of expertise include the software and hardware, semiconductor, life sciences, IP, and biotechnology industries. The practice is led by Masato Hayakawa, who is an IP structuring and negotiation expert, and fields Yukihiro Terazawa, who is a key contact for contentious matters relating to commercial technology transactions. M&A head Ken Siegel also contributes to the practice along with newly elected partner Seth Graham, who handles licensing agreements, joint development activities and IP asset monetisation matters. At the non-partner level, senior associate Aya Eguchi advises on IP acquisitions, developments and transfers.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The TMT team is simply outstanding. I work with TMT teams globally and the MoFo team in Tokyo stands out as knowledgeable, pleasant (also to the counterpart), and focus on quick and useful delivery.’

‘Has many lawyers with a profession in various fields and developed a team with all the necessary experts. They turnaround time is very quick and worked around the clock regardless of the time zone difference. They also supported in both English and Japanese which was very helpful.’

‘Seth Graham had knowledge and experience in the IP and technology sector supporting in both business and technical agreements/negotiations.’

Key clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

Tencent Holdings Limited

NTT

TDK Corporation

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

SBI Holdings

Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

Johnson & Johnson

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising SoftBank on the $40bn sale of Arm to NVIDIA.
  • Advising Tencent as an investor in a $2.2bn equity raise by Rakuten.
  • Advising Ping An Group on its capital and strategic alliance with Shionogi.

Japan > Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

The capital markets team at Morrison Foerster has a core team of bilingual lawyers with an active US high-yield debt practice. A key client for the firm is SoftBank Group which has instructed the team on a number of liability management matters and transactions. The team is co-led by Fuyuo Mitomi and Kenji Hosokawa, who have overseen the firm's continued growth in the J-REIT market, recently acting for Nippon Prologis on its latest ¥38.6bn global offering. Names of note include Mitsutoshi Uchida, Jesse Gillespie and Akihiro Wani.

Practice head(s):

Fuyuo Mitomi; Kenji Hosokawa

Testimonials

‘MoFo Japan capital market team seems finally settled with three partners. Nozomi Oda, a Japanese national and female dual qualified partner. Kenji Hosokawa is a JREIT specialist and with Nozomi’s joining, can expand his technical expertise to complicated corporate transactions.’

‘Nozomi Oda is a reliable partner with strong connections with regulators based on her experience at FSA. She covers diversified areas from investigation, compliance and corporate and capital market transactions.’

‘Jesse Gillesby opened a door to US capital market for Mitsubishi Corporation, which will be followed by other trading companies. Appreciated! ’

 

Key clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

Nomura Securities

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Asahi Refining USA Inc.

SMBC Nikko Securities

Mizuho Securities

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc.

Barclays Bank PLC

GLP J REIT

Lodha Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SoftBank in liability management exercises with respect to its outstanding high yield notes and in transactions under its ¥4.5 trillion yen monetization program
  • Represented Asahi Refining USA in a Regulation S global offering of its zero coupon convertible bonds due 2026; a deal of first impression for a Japanese company.
  • Advised JBIC in its most recent shelf registration of debt securities worth US$16 billion.

Japan > Projects and energy: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

Morrison Foerster is praised for 'accurately capturing the client's needs and concerns, and providing succinct and non-lawyer friendly advice'. It excels in advising on large-scale, complex project developments and limited recourse financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent highlights saw the team advising on both inbound and outbound transactions in the region, and handling matters in the LNG, mining, shipping, infrastructure, and transportation sectors while continuing to act in the financing, acquisition, and sale of solar projects in Japan. The team is co-led by Michael Graffagna and Dale Caldwell, both focusing on acting for developers and sponsors in the development, acquisition, divestment, and financing of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Graffagna; Dale Caldwell

Other key lawyers:

Jon Ornolfsso; Yuhki Asano; Leo Aguilar

Testimonials

‘Dale Caldwell and his senior associates continues to perform at a high level and attentive to billing arrangements’.

‘When a Japanese company is considering an investment project in the U.S., it is great that both Morrison & Foerster’s US and Japan teams can work seamlessly with us and provide appropriate advice based on a good understanding of the characteristics of Japanese companies.’

‘Michael Graffagna has been working with us for a long-term and provides excellent leadership in organizing the many lawyers in their offices around the world. He is very knowledgeable about energy projects in the U.S. and is a good negotiator. He is also very attentive to his clients. ’

‘MoFo provides swift and adequate advice on our new and ongoing projects in developing countries (including, Latin Americas). We also appreciate their good communication with local legal advisors. ’

‘There are good members who are familiar with the renewable energy industry. Excellent teamwork to provide the best contents of agreement documents as a result of a full team review.’

‘The team is now familiar with the project so  they can point out what kind of risks lays behind and give advice on how we should react, so it is not only the legal issue that we get advice but supports us to see the overall picture.’

‘The firm maintains a high standard of quality in their work overall. They accurately capture the client’s needs and concerns, providing succinct and non-lawyer friendly advice.’

‘We have been working long-term with Mike Graffagna. He has an in-depth understanding of our business, knows when to fight for the client and when to follow the client’s commercial decisions.’

Key clients

JERA Co., Inc.

SoftBank Group Corp. / SB Energy

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Corporation

GSSG Solar, LLC

First Solar, Inc.

EverStream Energy Capital Management

X-Elio

Work highlights

  • Advised Tokyo Gas on its investment in a 721 MW renewable energy portfolio in Mexico.
  • Acted for Sumitomo on its investment in Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC).
  • Assisting Tokyo Gas with a joint cooperation agreement with First Gen Corporation.

Japan > Banking and finance: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Morrison Foerster’s banking and finance practice offers clients integrated multi-jurisdictional advice on financial sector regulatory matters, acquisition, project, and real estate finance, and derivatives transactions. Led by Akihiro Wani, the team has deep industry experience across the technology, consumer/retail, life sciences, and energy industries. Wani has 30 years of experience in capital markets and acts for major domestic financial institutions on regulatory matters and derivatives transactions. Also of note within the team is Keiko Yamazaki.

Practice head(s):

Akihiro Wani

Other key lawyers:

Keiko Yamazaki; Dale Caldwell; Yuhki Asano

Testimonials

’The team has plenty of the legal skills and knowledge which the clients in the banking and finance sector require.’

‘One of the team’s strengths is the global network. It always provides the news and information about the recent legal developments on the global basis, which have a significant impact on the banking and finance business.’

Key clients

CLS Bank International

Financial Services Agency of Japan

Work highlights

  • Advised on updating a Japanese law opinion on the enforceability of trade terms and conditions of CLS Bank International.
  • Advised the FSA as a Financial Services Monitor in regard to the opinions submitted by the general public to the FSA on their policy and related practices.

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms

Morrison Foerster (Singapore)‘s team has a background in LNG and renewables projects. The group works closely with colleagues in Tokyo, acting for a number of Japanese trading houses and utilities in projects across Asia Pacific; solar power projects in the region and beyond have been a feature of the practice. The Singapore team is also active in tech-driven renewables deals, leveraging the firm’s California heritage. Tessa Davis has a background in the LNG sector, though is increasingly active in renewables, while counsel Per Lindberg is also experienced in LNG, power and renewables transactions. Jon Ornolfsson is now primarily based in Tokyo, though works closely with the Singapore team, having spent many years in the jurisdiction.

Practice head(s):

Tessa Davis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge and expertise of the Japan M&A and PF market – Ability to understand clients’ needs very well hence reducing the overall workload and optimising billable hours charge for their client – Top notch work quality provided even by associates that can step in and support partners adequately.’

‘Understands clients’ needs very well – Availability – Great work quality.’

Key clients

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

European Climate Foundation

Taurus Funds Management

Ibaera Capital Advisers

Work highlights

  • Represented Tokyo Gas in its investment in two wind projects and four solar photovoltaic projects located in Mexico, with an aggregate generating capacity of 721 MW.
  • Representing Tokyo Gas in a Joint Cooperation Agreement with First Gen Corporation to develop an Interim Offshore LNG Terminal in Batangas City, Philippines.
  • Represented European Climate Foundation, an international non-profit organization focused on the promotion of climate and energy policies to mitigate climate change, on its lead LP investment in Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility, LP.

Firm overview: With more than 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices, Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is a preeminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across Asia, the United States and Europe. With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, MoFo has handled major matters in China for over 35 years. In Japan, MoFo has the largest presence of any global firm and is one of the largest law firms in the country, domestic or international. The Singapore office features lawyers with many years of experience in South and Southeast Asia.

Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies and other market-leading businesses come to MoFo for its knowledge, innovation and business aptitude, as well as its long-standing commitment to diversity and social justice.

Main areas of practice
Capital markets: MoFo’s market-leading practice in Asia regularly represents issuers and underwriters in debt and equity financings. It is one of the largest and most active capital markets practices of any international law firm in the region, advising clients on a broad range of corporate financing matters involving Hong Kong, Japanese, US, and English law.

Dispute resolution: MoFo’s full-service Asia dispute resolution practice is an integrated regional practice, working seamlessly across its five offices in Asia to handle all aspects of complex cross-border commercial litigation, international arbitration and pre-dispute counselling matters, including IP litigation. The firm has represented clients in over 100 arbitrations under all major institutional rules across the Asia Pacific region. The firm has a leading Japanese domestic litigation practice, representing clients on high-profile proceedings before the Tokyo District Court, the IP High Court, the Japan Patent Office and the Japan Customs Office. MoFo also represents clients before the Hong Kong courts and regulatory bodies.

Finance: MoFo’s Asia finance practice advises clients throughout the region on a comprehensive range of multi‑jurisdictional financing transactions. These include project finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, takeovers, debt structuring and restructuring, syndicated lending and subscription line financing. The Tokyo office has one of the largest finance practices of any international law firm in Japan, with substantial experience handling a wide array of domestic and international financial and financial restructuring transactions.

Intellectual property: MoFo is a leading firm in Asia in outsourcing, licensing and technology transactions. Only a select number of international firms focus on IP matters in Japan, and MoFo has the largest and most comprehensive IP team, with over 30 lawyers practicing in the Tokyo office. In China, the firm has extensive experience in representing Chinese companies in their IP disputes in the United States and in the development of their global IP portfolios. MoFo also advises global clients on proactive strategies to protect IP rights from infringement and misappropriation in China and on implementing enforcement actions in China.

Investigations and regulatory compliance:  MoFo has one of the world’s leading compliance, investigations and anti-corruption practices. The Asia team features accomplished trial lawyers, former prosecutors and experienced former in-house counsel with significant experience in all types of investigations and regulatory compliance issues such as US economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities and accounting fraud, and related governance and corporate compliance issues. The Asia team works seamlessly with the firm’s global practice, which includes former US government officials specialising in national security, sanctions and international trade, as well as privacy and in-house forensic accounting experts.

M&A and private equity: MoFo has advised over 190 M&A and private equity deals in Asia in the past five years, worth over US $260bn in total. In South and Southeast Asia, the firm’s lawyers have many years of experience in managing complex cross-border M&A transactions across the diverse jurisdictions in the region.

In Japan, the firm’s M&A practice is one of the most active of any international law firm in the country, representing Japanese and non‑Japanese companies in Japan and around the world. The firm’s lawyers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong combine senior PRC and Hong Kong regulatory expertise with international M&A and Private Equity deal execution capability.

 Private funds: MoFo’s Asia private funds practice represents fund sponsors and investors in the formation and operation of investment funds of all strategies, including buyout, venture capital and other private equity funds, fund-of-funds, distressed company funds, real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds. With funds lawyers based in key financial centers across the globe, the group handles complex and specialized cross-border fundraising, fund formations and investments.

Real estate: The Asia real estate practice represents investors in real estate investments in Asia and internationally, including advising on financing, acquisitions, joint ventures, transactional due-diligence, compliance, risk management and dispute resolution. Clients include private equity real estate firms, investment managers, sovereign wealth funds, development companies and REITs that invest in real estate assets and companies in this sector. MoFo is one of the few firms that has been active in the formation and offering of interests in J-REITs.

Technology transactions: MoFo represents leading media and IT companies, global banks and financial institutions, biotech companies and private equity funds in navigating legal, structuring and commercial challenges arising from handling technology projects in Asia’s rapidly evolving business and regulatory environment.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner, Tokyo Ken SiegelKSiegel@mofo.com
Managing Partner, Singapore Shirin TangSTang@mofo.com
Managing Partner, Bejing & Shanghai Paul McKenziePMcKenzie@mofo.com
Managing Partner, Hong Kong Tim BlakelyTBlakely@mofo.com
Number of partners worldwide : Approximately 316
Number of other lawyers worldwide : Approximately 720
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