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Practice Areas


Orrick’s Tokyo Corporate Group provides clients with a unique combination of practical business experience and well-proven legal knowledge in key client industries. Our approach gives us a better understanding of our clients’ needs and their business goals, enabling us to provide them with superior legal services on transactional matters and valuable input with respect to strategic planning.

Lawyers in our Corporate Group advise clients in all phases of their business, including:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Emerging Companies and Venture Capital
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Transactions
  • General Corporate Representation

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our Tokyo M&A lawyers provide legal services for all types of local and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, including stock and asset purchases, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, spin-offs, reorganizations, recapitalizations, primary and secondary acquisitions by investment funds, and purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries. We also structure and negotiate a wide variety of strategic alliances, joint ventures, licensing agreements, and sales, marketing and distribution arrangements.

Orrick’s Global M&A team is located throughout more than 25 offices in key markets in Asia, the United States and Europe, enabling us to advise clients on M&A transactions throughout the world.
We provide clients with a one stop shop for Japan M&A transactions by drawing on our significant domestic and cross border M&A experience, our expertise in Japanese law and Japanese and English documentation, and our network of multidisciplinary and global resources.

Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances

Lawyers in the Tokyo Corporate Group structure and negotiate a wide variety of strategic alliances and similar arrangements, including traditional joint ventures, licensing arrangements, technology swaps and sale and marketing deals, and distribution arrangements.

We are also regularly involved on behalf of clients in the negotiation of interactive marketing, services, distribution and content provider agreements, co-branding and other online promotional agreements, and e-commerce agreements and transactions.

and Venture Capitalups and Venture Capital

Our corporate group represents numerous early stage and emerging companies together with venture capital and strategic investors, principally in Silicon Valley, “Silicon Alley” in New York, and Seattle, as well as through our growing presence in Japan and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Our representation of a client often begins at the formative stage or in connection with “angel” round or venture and mezzanine financings. We assist clients in determining which form the entity should take in all aspects of these financing activities. We also assist matured companies and venture capital firms with their fund-raising and investment activities. Our team has participated in numerous cross-border financing transactions for technology companies. 

Technology Transactions

Tokyo lawyers have extensive experience in life science and bio technology such as agricultural chemicals, pharmaceutical, and food processing products, as well as electronics and IT such as semiconductor and software products and internet, networking and telecommunications systems

Orrick lawyers represent licensors, licensees, developers, investors in new technology, large technology companies, sellers and purchasers of new and existing technology, vendors and buyers of content, inventors and emerging technology companies. Serving such diverse clients has given us the ability to consider all aspects of technology in relation to business objectives and intellectual property concerns. This experience allows us to better help our clients understand the strategic interests of the other parties to a transaction and to use such knowledge to our clients’ advantage.

General Corporate Representation

Our attorneys provide legal services on general corporate issues, including issues of employment, labor and corporate governance. We  continuously monitor corporate and securities law developments to advise clients of pending and recent changes that affect their business. We take a fully-integrated approach when assisting our clients, drawing on the experience of other practice groups at Orrick, such as Real Estate, Finance, Tax and Personal Estates, Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Strategic Technology Transactions, Employment Law, Compensation and Benefits and Litigation.

Rankings and Awards

Chambers Asia, 2018: Mark Weeks and Edward Johnson are recognized as a Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A in Japan.

Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018: is recognized as a leading international law firm in Japan for Corporate/M&A and Mark Weeks is recognized as a Leading Individual in the Japan Corporate/M&A category.