“Dual qualified lawyers serve an impressive roster of well-known Japanese and foreign clients.”
- Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016


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 2016 as a leading team for Corporate / M&A and Projects & Energy. The guide noted Latham is “recognized for its global M&A skills, representing domestic and multinational corporations” and that the firm houses an “acclaimed team with extensive experience advising on the financing of headline power, mining and LNG projects across South-East Asia, the USA and Australia.”

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

In 2015, Latham’s Tokyo-based lawyers completed pro bono work with key Partner organizations Ashoka, Japan Association for Refugees and Shinkou Fukushikai in areas such as nonprofits and NGOs, indigent criminal defense, corporate and regulatory, and social entrepreneurship.

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono, Latham ranks third in the provision of pro bono services in Japan. The 2016 index was “compiled with data collected from over 130 law firms—both large and small—and representing 64,500 lawyers in 75 countries, [and it] provides a snapshot of the resources mobilised by the industry in support of social causes, while also monitoring the growth of the sector globally.”


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