Opened in 1987, Skadden’s Tokyo office was the firm’s first international office. We operate as a gaikokuho kyodo jigyo (foreign law joint enterprise) with bengoshi who are licensed to practice law and appear in Japanese courts, advising on a wide range of matters involving domestic and international clients.
Our Tokyo office has extensive experience representing a broad spectrum of Japanese, U.S., European 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; shareholder activism matters; and real estate-related acquisitions, joint ventures, and debt and equity financings. We also assist clients in restructurings and in the formation of investment funds.
Skadden is ranked in several categories by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific for our work in Japan, including for Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A. Skadden also has been ranked repeatedly as a leading firm for M&A in Japan by The Legal 500 and Asian Legal Business. We were named U.S. Law Firm of the Year and Equity Firm of the Year at the IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2019, Best Law Firm in Asia — Equity Capital Markets at the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2019 and M&A Firm of the Year at The Asian Lawyer Asia Legal Awards 2018. Our attorneys also are ranked as leading individuals and market leaders in M&A and capital markets in Japan by Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000.