Corporate Tokyo Law Firms: English-Speaking Attorneys

Poste date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Access to timely and competent legal representation is crucial wherever you in the world you happen to reside. However, in countries like Japan, differing legal systems coupled with huge cultural and linguistic barriers, may hinder your ability to get the best possible legal help.

Here at PLAZA HOMES, we have the solution: A list of English-speaking Tokyo law firms in the Roppongi area. Whether you need a lawyer to help you work out the intricacies of corporate law, or require assistance with something closer to home such as immigration or estate issues, there are a number of English-speaking lawyers in and around Tokyo covering all aspects of legal representation.*

*Note: We do not endorse any one of these firms or the services listed. Please be sure to research each individual firm carefully via the websites provided before seeking legal assistance.

Corporate Law Firms

Allen & Overy

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

  • Consolidated from three major Tokyo law firms, this is one of the largest law firms in Japan. In addition to handling financial matters such as capital markets, finance, insolvency and restructuring, they also specialize in litigation, arbitration and negotiation both in Japan and worldwide in countries like Singapore and various parts of China, where they also maintain offices. This global reach means that the majority of the staff is also multilingual.
  • Address: Akasaka K Tower 23F, 1-2-7 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku.
  • Tel: 03-6888-1000

Ando Legal Office

  • First established in 2004, this Tokyo law firm specializes in the legal aspects of launching a business in Japan, from obtaining business licenses to registering a specific business branch and even how to create an NPO. In addition, they can also assist with Certificates of Eligibility and visa issues.
  • Address: 7-3-8, Roppongi, Minato-ku.
  • Tel: 03-3796-2008

ARQIS Foreign Law Office

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Morgan Lewis

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

TMI Associates

Beyond Roppongi Area Tokyo Area Law Firms

While Tokyo law firms in the Roppongi area focus mainly on financial and corporate issues, a number of local and national government offices provide more day-to-day English-language advice on legal and other matters, including immigration.

Each main branch of the local government offices in this part of Tokyo have English speakers, and sometimes speakers of other major languages on hand during business hours, as do tax offices during filing season (January to March for advisory services). Many also have free booklets on all aspects of living in Tokyo covering such topics as local health care insurance, schooling for those looking to enter the Japanese school system, pensions for longer term residents, what to do in the case of a major earthquake etc. A comprehensive guide for expats is available here.


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