Yasuhide Watanabe is a corporate partner in Morrison & Foerster’s New York office.
Mr. Watanabe’s practice focuses on corporate matters with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures and business alliances, antitrust law, trade regulations, and dispute resolutions, including arbitration and mediation. He has over 30 years of experience with both Japanese and U.S. clients and extensive experience with Japanese companies in the United States, particularly in the M&A area.
While practicing in New York for the past decade, Mr. Watanabe has advised numerous public and private Japanese companies on a broad range of legal issues within the U.S. market, including acquisitions, investments, patent infringement litigation, price-fixing cartel investigations and associated class action lawsuits, as well as issues surrounding start-up companies. Japanese companies highly value Mr. Watanabe’s practical advice and assistance, supported by his abundant experience and knowledge of legal and cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Watanabe was a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, one of the largest law firms headquartered in Japan, in its Tokyo and New York offices. He also regularly serves as a visiting lecturer on Advanced Research in Japanese Law at Columbia University School of Law where he lectures on the differences between civil and common law countries to prospective practitioners.
Mr. Watanabe is the author or co-author of numerous publications, such as “Recent Enforcement Trends of U.S. Antitrust Law,” “United States Antitrust Laws,” and “Rowley & Baker: International Mergers – the Antitrust Process.” He also speaks on various topics related to M&A and cross-border matters, including “Recent Trends in M&A in the U.S.,” “Investments in the U.S.,” “Recent Enforcement Trends in U.S. Antitrust Law,” “International Transactions and Competition Laws,” “How to Deal with International Cartel Investigations by Japanese Companies,” “Investment in Brazil by Japanese Companies,” “2011 Antitrust Forum – Recent Development of Japanese Antimonopoly Law,” “Selecting and Dealing with Foreign Lawyers,” “Surviving a Blocking Situation in a 50/50 Joint Venture,” and “2010 U.S. Horizontal Merger Guidelines.”
Mr. Watanabe received his LL.B. from the University of Tokyo and his LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law. He is bilingual in English and Japanese and is admitted to practice in New York, California, and Japan (bengoshi).
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