Chambers & Partners honored our Tokyo office with its 2011 Japan International Firm of the Year award, at its annual Asia-Pacific Awards ceremony. The award recognizes our pre-eminence in Japan, and reflects our notable achievements over the past 12 months.
Morrison & Foerster has the largest and most diverse practice of any international law firm in Japan, with over 120 attorneys in Tokyo. We have the leading Japanese real estate, capital markets, M&A, finance, litigation, technology transactions, and fund formation practices.
Currently we are representing Hitachi in the sale of its hard disk drive and data storage business, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) to Western Digital for $4.3 billion. This is the largest tech deal to date in 2011 . In addition, we are advising Terumo Corporation in its $2.6 billion acquisition of U.S. medical device company CaridianBCT, the largest ever acquisition by a Japanese company in the medical device sector. We also represented Astellas in its landmark $4 billion acquisition of OSI Pharmaceuticals – the first-ever successful unsolicited tender offer for a listed U.S. company by a Japanese company.