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: 

  • 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. Awarded Japan Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year (Premium), and TMT Deal of the Year at Asia Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2018
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on its £46bn recommended offer for Shire plc and its related financing – the largest outbound M&A deal by a Japanese company, and the largest acquisition financing in Asia
  • JBIC, NEXI, ECIC and AfDB (and commercial lenders) on the US$5bn Nacala pit to port railway in Mozambique and Malawi. Awarded PFI African Logistics Deal of the Year 2017 and IJ Global Africa Transport Deal of the Year 2017
  • SoftBank Group Corp. on the US$93.15bn launch of the SoftBank Vision Fund – the world's largest ever private equity fund
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Mitsui & Co. Deutschland GmbH on the acquisition of all shares in Chemtrade Aglobis AG
  • the managers on the issue of convertible bonds by Sanei Architecture Planning Co., Ltd., Senko Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Medipal Holding Corporation, Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd., Kansai Paint Co., Ltd, T&D Holdings, Inc, LIXIL Corporation, Yamada Denki Co., Ltd, The Shiga Bank, The Bank of Iwate, Ltd. , Sony Corporation, Yamaguchi Financial Group, Inc. and Mitsui O.S.K. Line
  • Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as mandated lead arranger for the financing of CVC Capital Partners’ acquisition of Riraku, a Japan-based massage salon chain operator
  • 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
  • the ECAs (including JBIC) and commercial banks as common lenders’ counsel on the Yamal LNG project financing. Awarded Project Finance Deal of the Year at the FinanceAsia Japan Achievement Awards 2016/17
  • Panasonic Corporation on the acquisition of all shares in the German software company OpenSynergy GmbH
  • the managers on the issue of samurai bonds by Banco Santander S.A., Standard Chartered Plc, Rabobank Nederland, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co., General Electric Capital Corporation, Aflac Incorporated, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and GDF SUEZ 
  • 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
  • ING Bank in relation to the JPY12.1bn 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
  • Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd on the acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Premier Foods plc
  • the managers on the issue of green bonds by Hitachi Capital Corporation, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • 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

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.