"Dual-qualified lawyers serve an impressive roster of well-known Japanese and foreign clients in sectors as diverse as technology and pharmaceuticals. Additionally known for its work for clients in the energy sector, including advising on joint ventures. Also well versed in corporate restructurings."

– Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018


Latham & Watkins' Tokyo office* advises Japanese companies, international enterprises and financial institutions on their domestic and international legal needs.

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The lawyers in Latham’s Tokyo office understand the needs and challenges that clients face. Through a combination of the firm’s intimate knowledge of the Japanese marketplace and its vast geographic reach globally, the firm is perfectly placed to serve the cross-border business needs of clients.

Latham’s Tokyo-based lawyers are qualified to advise on Japanese, US, Hong Kong and English law matters, and the office includes lawyers who are fluent in Japanese, English, French, Greek and Korean.

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 was acknowledged in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 as a leading team for Corporate / M&A and Project & Energy. The guide notes "Latham are pre-eminent in the field of project finance and have worked on a number of LNG project financings for both lenders and sponsors" and is "recognized for its global M&A skills, representing domestic and multinational corporations."

Latham also received the highest level of commendation for Corporate & Finance and Projects, Infrastructure and Energy work in the Philippines, often led out of the Tokyo office.

* Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

For several years, Latham’s Tokyo-based lawyers completed pro bono work with key partner organizations Ashoka, Japan Association for Refugees, Shinkou Fukushikai, and Playground of Hope in areas such as nonprofits and NGOs, indigent criminal defense, corporate and regulatory, and social entrepreneurship.

In 2017, Latham’s Tokyo office committed its time in a wide range of initiatives such as working with Japan Association for Refugees to train staff lawyers in assisting refugee cases, to community fundraising to support Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims, a nonprofit organization aimed at eliminating human trafficking in Japan.

Our firm culture promotes such values as excellence and teamwork, and we bring these values to bear on the hundreds of pro bono matters we undertake each year.


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