Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of Japan’s largest international firms and best known for serving overseas companies doing business in the country since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.
Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. In housing all of these practices under one roof, thus increasing our resources, we are able to serve a multinational client base on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice across a full range of legal issues, in the largest and most complex, cross-sector transactions.
We are proud of our long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities, and of our reputation as one of Japan’s largest full-service law firms. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A; finance; capital markets; restructuring/insolvency; and litigation/arbitration. Most of our lawyers are bilingual and experienced in communicating, drafting and negotiating internationally. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients, and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.
Our main office in Tokyo is supported by our offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, as well as a Jakarta desk.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is among Japan’s largest and most diversified law firms, offering full corporate services. Our flexible operational structure enables us to offer clients effective, time-sensitive solutions to legal issues of any kind. We are pleased to serve Japanese companies, as well as foreign companies doing business in Japan. In response to our clients’ increasingly complex and varied legal needs, we have grown significantly, augmenting the breadth and depth of expertise within our practice.
Corporate: corporate and commercial transactions; corporate governance; shareholders' meetings and relationships with shareholders; shareholder activism; corporate disputes; and support for start-ups establishing a business presence in Japan.
M&A: business restructuring; joint ventures; business alliances; venture capital; private equity/funds; hostile takeovers; and cross-border M&A.
Corporate crisis management: internal investigations; third-party committee and other outside investigations; improper accounting; food/product/environmental-related accidents; breaches of anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws and regulations; white-collar crimes; personal data breaches; leakage of commercial secrets; whistleblowing; shareholder/derivative lawsuits; and corporate scandal-related securities and other civil litigation.
Finance: banking; financial regulation; derivatives; asset management and investment funds; structured finance; real estate finance; acquisition finance; project finance; asset finance; PPP/PFI/concession; insurance; and fintech and financial and securities dispute resolution.
Real estate: transactions; investment; financing; REITs; and dispute resolution.
Labour and employment: disputes; unions; regulators; harassment; severance; corporate restructurings; working conditions (salary, retirement allowance, pensions, etc); health and safety issues (including mental health); executive issues (board members, auditors, etc); non-regular employment; drafting and review of work rules and employment contracts; social and labour insurance; immigration; and compliance.
IP/life sciences/TMT: disputes; licensing and transactions; patent prosecution; trademark/design prosecution; copyright and entertainment; healthcare; pharmaceutical; and IT and telecoms regulation.
Competition/antitrust: international cartels and leniency; merger control; dominance and other unilateral conduct; IP; distribution and other competition law matters; litigation; and compliance.
Tax: tax planning and structuring; tax litigation and dispute resolution; and international taxation.
Energy and natural resources
Dispute resolution: general commercial litigation; international litigation and cross-border disputes; ADR; corporate scandal-related securities and other civil litigation; international arbitration, litigation related to energy and natural resources, tax, and competition; and disputes related to IP, labour and employment, administrative, product liability, finance and securities, franchise, real estate, companies act matters, estates and business succession, consumer, insurance, IT, trade secrets and pharmaceuticals.
Restructuring/insolvency and bankruptcy: creditor, sponsor/buyer, debtor and management representations; cross-border restructurings; financial institution insolvencies; court appointments; financial transactions; bankruptcy-related litigation; and liquidations.
International practice: Asia; Australia; the US; Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; Russia; Africa; and other jurisdictions.
Number of attorneys: approximately 511
Number of partners: 147
Number of offices: Nine (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Jakarta desk)
Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (Mandarin)