According to sources: 

"One of the top lawyers in IP in terms of licensing and technology-related transactions"

“Highly regarded”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022

Stuart S. Beraha

  • Marunouchi Building, 32nd Floor
  • 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
  • Tokyo 100-6332
  • Japan

Stuart Beraha is a partner in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins’ Tokyo office and a member of the Data & Technology Transactions Practice.

Mr. Beraha has broad experience in technology, content, branding, and other intellectual property development, licensing, and partnering transactions.

Mr. Beraha’s work includes:

  • Structuring and negotiating joint venture and strategic alliance transactions and related agreements
  • Technology, software, and content licenses and assignments
  • E-commerce, search, and other Internet-related transactions
  • Development, joint development, consulting, and outsourcing agreements
  • Patent assignments and licenses
  • Trademark licenses and related branding agreements
  • The intellectual property components of merger and acquisition transactions
  • Other transactions relating to the transfer of technology and other types of intellectual property

Mr. Beraha is admitted to the New York bar and registered in Japan as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Lawyer, New York Law). Prior to joining Latham, he was a partner at a leading international law firm in Tokyo.

Recognition Highlights
  • Recognized as the only Japan-based lawyer in the Asia's Top 15 TMT Lawyers ranking by Asian Legal Business 2022  
  • Recommended in Intellectual Property Law in The Best Lawyers in Japan 2021
  • Recommended as a leading practitioner in Data – Information Technology in Who’s Who Legal 2020
  • Recommended in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in the transactions category for 2012–2020
  • Ranked as a leading individual in TMT in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
  • Ranked as a leading individual in Intellectual Property in Chambers Global 2020 and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
  • Selected as an IP Star for the 2017–2020 editions of Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey
  • Selected as the exclusive winner by the Client Choice Awards 2017 for the IT & Internet category for Japan

Mr. Beraha’s transactional experience includes representing:

  • Z Holdings, the holding company of Yahoo Japan, in its US$30 billion business integration with LINE – the largest Japan tech deal announced in 2019, and winner of the ALB Japan Law Awards’ M&A Deal of the Year and TMT Deal of the Year, and ALB Korea Law Awards’ M&A Deal of the Year
  • Kioxia in its joint venture agreements with Western Digital for the production of NAND flash memory products
  • Toshiba in the IP and commercial aspects of the US$18 billion sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Toshiba Memory Corporation to a consortium led by Bain Capital*
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in the commercial and licensing aspects of its Global Open Network (GO-NET) joint venture with Akamai Technologies for the development and operation of a new blockchain-based online payment network*
  • TDK in the IP aspects of its RF filter and module joint venture with Qualcomm*
  • Hitachi in the IP and commercial aspects of the sale of its global hard disk drive business to Western Digital*
  • Otsuka in its development and commercialization agreement with ReCor Medical*
  • Fujitsu in its global strategic alliance with Oracle America (formerly Sun Microsystems), in which the two companies combined their world-wide UNIX server businesses*
  • Toshiba in its semiconductor patent license with Micron and its flash memory alliance with M-Systems (including as to R&D agreements, semiconductor manufacture and supply agreements, and patent and technology license agreements)*
  • SoftBank in Alibaba’s restructuring of its holdings in Alipay*
  • Yahoo Japan in its sponsored and algorithmic search transactions with Google, previously sponsored search transactions with Overture, including the acquisition of Overture KK, and a series of other search-related and commercial transactions*
  • Sega in its first two licenses of massively multiplayer online games for the Chinese market*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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