Opened in 1987, Skadden’s Tokyo office was the first international office of the firm. We operate as a gaikokuho kyodo jigyo (foreign law joint enterprise) with bengoshi who are licensed to practice law and appear in Japanese courts.
Skadden has extensive experience representing a broad spectrum of Japanese, U.S. and other international clients in highly diverse and complex cross-border transactions involving global markets. These transactions include: mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; capital markets and structured finance transactions; and real estate acquisitions, joint ventures, and debt and equity financings. We also assist clients in restructurings and in the formation of investment funds.
Skadden ranked as a Tier 1 firm for M&A in Japan by The Legal 500 2018 and Asian Legal Business from 2015-17. We ranked second in Japan telecommunications announced M&A in 2018 according to Thomson Reuters league tables. We were awarded 2017 M&A Deal of the Year and Debt Deal of the Year for our representations of Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. in its acquisition by SOMPO Holdings, Inc. and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation’s offering of government-guaranteed bonds, respectively, by Asia Business Law Journal. We received awards for Japan Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year and TMT Deal of the Year at the 2016 Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards for our representation of Nikkei in its acquisition of The Financial Times Group.