Dale M. Araki

Dale M. Araki

Senior Of Counsel


University of Hawaii (B.A., 1982)
Harvard Law School (J.D., 1986)

Bar Admissions

Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

Dale Araki is senior of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. He represents Japanese, U.S. and other overseas companies in a wide variety of international business transactions, and has been consistently cited as a leading foreign Corporate/M&A attorney in Japan by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia PacificThe Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and IFLR1000.


Dale received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 and attended Keio University’s International Studies Division in 1985. He is admitted in California and in Japan as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi, and is fluent in Japanese.


Dale's experience includes representation of buyers and sellers across the globe in a wide variety of mergers, corporate and real estate acquisitions and investments, manufacturing and technology joint ventures, and restructuring transactions, both in the United States and in Japan and in other Asian countries.


Recent significant representations include the following transactions:


  • Representation of a major memory manufacturer in a multi-billion dollar cross-border transaction involving the US and Japan.
  • Representation of one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers in a series of cross border transactions related to its expansion in the aerospace industry.
  • Representation of a major Japanese securities company in the establishment of a private equity fund targeting investment opportunities in China and other non-Japan Asian countries, and in a series of initial investment transactions by the fund.
  • Representation of a major Japanese manufacturer in negotiations to establish a US joint venture to acquire, own and operate a facility to manufacture high-grade silicon.
  • Representation of a global private equity firm based in London in connection with the acquisition of a significant Japanese research and development facility from a major pharmaceutical company.
  • Representation of one of Japan’s largest chemical companies in a multi-billion dollar project to construct, own and operate one of Asia’s largest petroleum and petrochemical manufacturing complexes.

Dale is very active in M&A and other transactions involving intellectual property, where he has been primarily involved in representing clients in connection with rights acquisitions, joint ventures, complex licensing arrangements and other investments involving software, trademarks, motion pictures, television and similar properties, and other valuable intellectual property. He has represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries where intellectual property rights are critical.  Such Clients include the major Hollywood studios, a number of prominent Japanese technology companies and some of the world’s leading European fashion houses.


Dale is often engaged to represent clients in transactions that require complex and creative structures or new and innovative legal approaches. He has played a leading role in a number of such ground breaking transactions.


Significant matters include the following transactions:


  • Representation of a major media conglomerate in its landmark acquisition of rights to nine prominent animated film properties, including the first major acquisition of a Japanese film library by a Hollywood studio.
  • Representation of a NYSE-listed medical products manufacturer, in the acquisition of a major business division, in one of the first transactions structured and closed under Japan's Corporate Spin-off Law.
  • Representation of a US investment fund in the acquisition of control of a Japanese television broadcaster by a foreign entity.
  • Representation of one of the world’s largest financial institutions in the consortium that closed the first acquisition by foreign investors of a non-performing loan portfolio from a Japanese financial institution in 1997.
  • Representation of one of the largest operators of retail properties in the United States, in its initial public offering, one of the first such transactions utilizing the innovative umbrella partnership REIT, or UPREIT structure.

Dale Araki is ranked in the most recent editions of Chambers Global (2018) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2019) in the Corporate/M&A category. He is also listed as an Expert Consultant in IFLR1000 2019.

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