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 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. We also were ranked in the top three for announced Japanese M&A deals in 2017 according to Mergermarket.