Dale Araki is senior of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. He represents Japanese, US 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 Pacific, The 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:
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:
Dale Araki is ranked in the most recent editions of Chambers Global (2017) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2018) in the Corporate/M&A category. He is also listed as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 2018.
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