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:
- SoftBank Group Corp. on the US$93.15bn launch of the SoftBank Vision Fund – the world's largest ever private equity fund
- Panasonic Corporation on the acquisition of all shares in the German software company OpenSynergy GmbH
- the managers on the €1.5bn senior notes issuance by Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
- the sponsors and project company on the project financing of the c.US$1bn LNG regasification terminal in Southeast Asia
- Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on the US$100m conditional sale of 50% of the shares in Galaxy NewSpring Pte. Ltd. to Yunnan Water (Hong Kong) Company Ltd., which is wholly owned by Yunnan Water Investment Company Ltd
- Mizuho Bank, Ltd., The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as mandated lead arrangers in relation to a potential senior facilities agreement for the private equity bidder of Nissan Motor-backed auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp
- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on its repackaging transaction where investors extend loans to SMBC as trustee and SMBC as trustee enters into a guaranty agreement with JBIC as originator – the new platform has enabled Japanese regional banks to invest in overseas infrastructure projects
- 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
- ING Bank in relation to the ¥12.1bn financing of Nippon Solar Services’ construction of a utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant in the Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan – one of the first international project financings in the sector
- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as arranger and lender to Amtek Auto Limited (India) on its leveraged acquisition of Asahi Tec Corporation's iron casting, forging and machining business in Japan, Thailand and China
- JBIC on its investment in the JAPAN ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund, a microfinance fund which will mainly provide debt to microfinance institutions in South East Asian countries
- the lead underwriter on the initial public offering in Japan and listing to the Tokyo Stock Exchange of shares of Acucela Inc., a U.S. company – the first case ever for a U.S. company to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as its primary listing venue
- Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd on the acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Premier Foods plc
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.