Corporate Tokyo Law Firms: English-Speaking Attorneys
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 Tokyo. 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
With offices located in over 30 countries, Allen & Overy offers a range of legal services across multiple practices and corporate sectors. They have been providing services to Tokyo residents since 1988 and currently staff a team of that is well-equipped to handle both Japanese and international cases. They handle corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint ventures, banking, and more.
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.
Ando Legal Offie
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.
ARQIS Foreign Law Office
This is a German legal firm whose Japan branch provides a diverse range of services, from litigation to corporate, intellectual property, environmental, labor and real estate law. It is particularly focused on Germany-to-Japan investment issues. They also work closely with TMI Associates, another one of the Tokyo law firms detailed here.
Davis Polk & Wardw
With nearly a century of experience in Japan and multiple global offices, this law firm specializes in joint ventures and other business transactions between Japanese and foreign companies. Lawyers are especially knowledgeable about both Japanese and US legal practices.
This international law firm has 28 offices globally, with lawyers in Tokyo handling intellectual property, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions among other area. They also specialize in cross-border legal issues and international tax planning.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Comprised of a group of over 30 lawyers, since 1997 this global Tokyo law firm has represented a diverse clientele across many fields including finance, advertising, automotive, consumer electronics, food and beverage, and biotechnology. It also handles both in-country and cross-border transactions..
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
This firm is primarily involved with global financial and corporate legal services including capital markets, real estate acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures for Japanese and US clients as well as a host of others. Restructuring is also a particular specialty.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons and leading Japanese law firm TMI Associates established a joint venture in 2001, forming the market-leading alliance between a major Japanese law firm and a major international firm. Through our unique pooling of specialist resources both in and outside Japan, we provide clients with seamless, multi-jurisdictional, full-service legal support in Japan and internationally.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
In addition to assisting Japanese companies with various legal matters related to their US-based activities, this law firm, which has been in practice for nearly 30 years, focuses on 3 major areas: Mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and formation of private funds across borders.
Since its founding in 1990, TMI Associates has covered a broad legal spectrum from intellectual property, bankruptcy, and finance to litigation and dispute resolution. They also partner with ARQIS Foreign Law Office, one of the aforementioned law firms in Tokyo.
Beyond Tokyo Area Law Firms
While Tokyo law firms 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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