International Practice

United States

In addition to assisting Japanese and other multinational companies to coordinate their corporate legal projects in the US, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has a long and storied history of serving US and international clients doing business in Japan, dating back to the 1950s when the firm was established in Tokyo by James Anderson and Arthur Mori, two American lawyers. Since then, we have been privileged to assist countless US businesses in navigating the challenges of the legal and administrative regime in Japan. Our lawyers provide practical and expert legal advice, nuanced with insights on local business culture and custom. Through our years of experience, we are well attuned to the special needs of US companies doing business in Japan, and work closely to help them achieve success with their ventures. Well over 100 of our Japanese attorneys have studied and worked in the US, deepening their effectiveness in working with US clients. Our team of native English speaking, US qualified lawyers also work hand in hand with our over 400 Japanese attorneys to provide deep local firm expertise across the full spectrum of practice areas, all with a US lawyer touch. 


Representative matters of our US Practice group include:




Small, medium and large scale acquisitions of Japanese companies (including tender offers and distressed M&A) for corporate, private equity and fund clients, joint ventures, business establishment and termination, and corporate governance advisory services (including corporate social responsibility, compliance and corporate crisis management).


Capital Markets/Securities/Finance:


Debt and equity offerings in the Japanese market by international and sovereign issuers, including Samurai bonds, dual currency bonds, and index-linked securities, listing (and delisting) of shares in Japan, "green" and CSR bonds, structured finance and project finance, and other financings.


Real Estate:


Real estate investment and securitization, non-recourse loans and asset management, J-REIT listing and compliance, real estate development and construction projects, including the hotel sector.


Intellectual Property:


All Japan IP matters, including infringement and litigation, patent prosecution, trademark registration, copyright and coordination of IP for pan-Asia coverage.




JFTC (Japan Fair Trade Commission) dawn raids and cartel investigations, leniency applications, merger control, unfair competition, coordination of JFTC proceedings and EU and US proceedings for international antitrust cases.




Banking, securities, fintech and cryptocurrency, derivatives, asset and investment management, insurance, employment, data privacy, natural resources, and other compliance.


Corporate Tax:


Complex tax planning and structuring for cross-border projects, and tax litigation and dispute resolution with Japanese tax authorities.


Energy and Natural Resources:


Renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass) acquisition and investment projects, oil and natural gas development and trading transactions.


Insolvency and Restructuring:


Creditor's rights in bankruptcy and restructuring, both in and out of court and "pre-packaged", creditor-side intervention in corporate crises, coordination of parallel proceedings in international insolvency.


Dispute Resolution:


Japanese litigation and arbitration, Japanese law expert testimony in US litigations, enforcement of US or other overseas judgments in Japan.

International Practice