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Linklaters in Japan 

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Linklaters is widely recognised as the leading global law firm in Japan. We are Japan's first fully-merged law firm to offer: an integrated Japanese and international legal advice; market-leading capability across all key practice areas; and multi-jurisdictional service that is co-ordinated and consistent.

We are acclaimed in the market for our ability to create innovative, cutting-edge structures required for today’s rapidly evolving domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions – a key competitive advantage for our clients in the current climate. To do this, we regularly draw upon the firm’s regional and global expertise to ensure our clients have the necessary state-of-the-art legal technology at their disposal, whenever and wherever that advice is needed.

In awarding Linklaters ‘Best Law Firm’ in Japan for the seventh time in the last eight years in 2015, FinanceAsia said: Among the international firms in Tokyo that wrestle with the complexities of reconciling Japanese and overseas legal requirements, Linklaters again stood out to take the prize of Best Law Firm. The firm, which provides both Japanese and foreign lawyers under the Linklaters shingle, was in on many of the year’s most complex deals in Japan.”.

For more than 25 years, the firm has advised on some of Japan’s most significant transactions in the areas of mergers & acquisitions (including acquisition finance and general corporate advice); private equity, banking, projects, restructuring & insolvency, financial markets regulation, investment funds, capital markets (including derivatives & structured products, equity & debt capital markets and structured finance); and real estate (including real estate finance and securitisation of assets).

Recent significant transactions include advising: 

  • > Brother Industries, Ltd. on its £1.07bn recommended cash offer for UK technology company Domino Printing Sciences and its related financing
  • the lead managers on the US$200m subordinated convertible bonds due 2020 issued by The Shiga Bank the first Basel III-compliant Tier 2 convertible bond and first Euromarket Basel III-compliant bond from a Japanese issuer
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the financing of Bain Capital’s ¥50bn acquisition of Oedo-Onsen Holdings
  • JBIC and other lenders in connection with the financing of the 1,250MW Ultra Super Critical Coal-fired Power Plant Safi IPP in Morocco
  • on ground breaking IPO deals, including advising on the global IPO by Seibu Holdings Inc. and the IPO in Japan by Acucela Inc., a US company
  • Diamond Realty Management (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation) and Malaysia's Employees Provident Fund (EPF) on the establishment of a real estate investment platform to invest in logistics assets in Japan
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a securitisation transaction involving Japanese local banks as investors and SMBC as trustee – this transaction used a trust created under Japanese law, and it was the first case where Japanese local banks were enabled to jointly invest in overseas project financing deals
  • LIXIL Corporation and Development Bank of Japan on the €3.059bn acquisition of 87.5% of the Grohe Group and its related financing – awarded Best Cross-border M&A deal, FinanceAsia Japan Achievement Awards 2013/2014
  • the lead managers on Rabobank Nederland’s issue of ¥ 50.8bn samurai bonds due 2024 – the first Basel III-compliant Tier 2 samurai bond issue
  • Marubeni Corporation on the sale of 50% of its equity stake in the 172MW Gunfleet Sands offshore windfarm to Development Bank of Japan with project finance facilities from Mizuho and SMBC, with NEXI insurance cover
  • the KDDI Corporation - Sumitomo Corporation consortium on its agreement with Myanmar government agency Myanma Posts & Telecommunications to jointly develop and operate a fixed and mobile phone network in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • the lead managers on US$1.5bn notes issued by Mizuho Financial Group (Cayman) 3 Limited and guaranteed by Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. – the first Basel III-compliant Tier 2 capital issuance by a Japanese bank
  • Mitsubishi Corporation on its negotiation and co-ordination of US$2.5bn of commitments for the US$7.5bn first close of the Global Strategic Infrastructure Alliance and asset organisations, and on the subsequent acquisition by the Global Strategic Investment Alliance of an electricity plant in Michigan for US$2bn
  • the lead managers on the US$1bn 1.65% Senior Notes due 2017 and 2.55% Senior Notes due 2019 issued by Suntory Holdings Limited – the inaugural international bond offering by Suntory


Linklaters Tokyo is the business name of Gaikokuho Kyodo-Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho Linklaters, a firm organised under the Japanese Civil Code, which is affiliated to Linklaters LLP.

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Meiji Yasuda Building 10F

1-1, Marunouchi 2-chome

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

100-0005 Japan

Telephone: (81 3) 6212 1200

Fax (81 3) 6212 1444

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