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 10 years, 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 30 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: 

  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on its £46bn recommended offer for Shire plc – the largest ever outbound M&A deal by a Japanese company
  • JBIC/NEXI and six commercial banks on the US$1.4bn project financing of the 1.8GW Hamriyah gas-fired IPP in Sharjah, the UAE
  • SoftBank Group Corp. on the US$93.15bn launch of the SoftBank Vision Fund – the world's largest ever private equity fund
  • the arrangers on Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s issuance of a €1bn covered bond off an €20bn covered bond programme, and subsequent issuances – this was the first covered bond issuance for Japan, and the Japanese structure uniquely used a Japanese trust to achieve dual recourse
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFG Bank, Ltd and Mizuho Bank, Ltd. as mandated lead arrangers on the ¥600bn senior facilities for Bain Capital’s acquisition of Toshiba Memory – the transaction was valued at ¥2 trillion (approx. US$18bn) and was the largest leveraged buyout deal in Asia and the largest Japanese inbound deal ever
  • ORIX Corporation on its US$2.2bn acquisition of a 30% interest in Avolon Holdings Limited, a leading global aircraft leasing company based in Ireland
  • the international sponsors and lenders on a number of renewables projects in Japan, including the Oita, Mine, Sano, Nagi, and Nanazoshi solar PV projects, and two ongoing offshore wind projects
  • the lead manager on the international equity offering by Money Forward Inc., a Japanese Fintech start-up focusing on cloud-based accounting software and personal finance management services, to offshore investors pursuant to Regulation S 

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.