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Latham’s Tokyo office* provides strategic legal advice to Japanese companies, international enterprises and financial institutions in their global operations.

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The lawyers in Latham’s Tokyo office understand the needs and challenges that clients face. The combination of the firm’s intimate knowledge of the marketplace and its vast geographic reach serves the cross-border business needs of clients and ensure close ties with the world’s key financial and industrial centers.

Latham’s Tokyo-based lawyers are qualified to practice in Japan, Hong Kong and the United States. They include both internationally and domestically qualified lawyers who are fluent in Japanese, Korean and English.

Robust Expertise

Leading independent directories and journals such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) regularly recognize Latham as a leader in major practice areas. The Tokyo office has a particularly strong reputation for its expertise in:      

In addition, Latham’s Tokyo office advises clients on:

Awards & Rankings

Latham’s Tokyo office has been recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 as a leading team that “has an ever-growing reputation in Tokyo and works very closely with its other Asia offices as well as those further afield to provide a seamless and co-ordinated service to clients.”

Further, Latham received commendations for two of its practice areas based in Tokyo, including:
  • Corporate/M&A: International Firms – “This team is particularly active handling M&A transactions in Japan's much-regulated broadcasting, telecommunications, infrastructure and energy sectors.” 
  • Projects & Energy: International Firms – “This firm is highly respected in the projects and energy sector globally, and has been nurturing its practice in Tokyo, which has been going from strength to strength.” 

Latham also received the highest level of commendation for Projects, Infrastructure and Energy work in the Philippines, with the guide commenting: “This firm is highly regarded globally for its work in the projects sector, and the Philippines-focused transactions handled by the team are no exception.” 

Latham is recognized as one of the leading international law firms in Tokyo and has been named “Most Innovative US Law Firm of the Year” by IFLR in 2012. The Tokyo office houses a number of the region’s most prominent practices, where Latham’s lawyers have been presented with the prestigious title of “Project Finance Team of the Year” by IFLR in 2012.

Latham's Tokyo office recently advised:

  • Lenders in connection with the US$20 billion project financing of the US$34 billion off-shore Ichthys LNG Project in Western Australia
  • Lenders on the US$1.5 billion financing of Mong Duong II — the largest electric power project in Vietnam to date. The deal was awarded “Best Vietnam Deal” by FinanceAsia, and “Asia-Pacific Power Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International

* Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

Latham's Tokyo-based lawyers have assisted in:

  • filing an asylum application on behalf of a victim of female circumcision from Uganda, and
  • advised the anti-human trafficking organization Not For Sale in structuring and incorporating its operations in Japan.

Lawyers in our Tokyo office also also helped efforts to relocate at-risk survivors of the March 2011 earthquakes and tsunami, and provided legal advice regarding children’s rights through the firm's partnership with the Daini Tokyo Bar Association.

Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of nearly 100 Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2012 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.