Mergers + Acquisitions | Japan


Morrison & Foerster's Tokyo office has the most active M&A practice of any global firm in Japan. We have over 50 attorneys who are principally engaged in cross-border M&A.

Our Tokyo attorneys have extensive experience in representing both Japanese and non‑Japanese companies in a broad range of transactions, including public and private acquisitions, complex carve outs, divisional spin-outs and the formation of strategic alliances and joint ventures, both in Japan and around the world.

We consistently represent many of Japan’s leading companies, including Fujitsu, Hitachi, MUFG, Ricoh, SoftBank, TDK and Toshiba. Our experience spans numerous industries, including technology, telecommunications, life sciences, banking & financial services, and clean technology.

We are the only international law firm ranked Tier 1 for M&A in Japan by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000).

Some of the M&A transactions on which we have advised in 2010 - 2017:

Chambers Global 2017
Corporate/M&A: International Firms (Band 1)


Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
Corporate/M&A: International Firms (Band 1)


IFLR1000 2016
Japan: M&A: Foreign Law (Tier 1)


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017
Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures (Band 1)


Here is what they say about us:

"They provide advice of unparalleled quality and go the extra mile to ensure that we're covered."
(Chambers Asia Pacific 2013)

"They stand out for their depth of bench and experience."
(Chambers Asia Pacific 2013)

"It has a stunning amount of partners and business even in the down market. Its number of deals and the extensiveness of transactions are well ahead of the others"
(IFLR1000 2011)

"Undoubtedly one of the best; they’ve got the numbers, capability and reputation to match anyone"
(Chambers Global 2010)

"invaluable assistance provided by great professionals in both the US and Japan"
(Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2013)

"Tight-knit, responsive, efficient"
(Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2010)

"Morrison & Foerster isthe star in Japan"
(IFLR1000 2011)

"They have a big footprint, big names and a big volume of deals. It’s all quality"
(IFLR1000 2010)

"The lawyers are responsive, knowledgeable, helpful and all-round of high quality"
(IFLR1000 2010)

"Amazing on M&A"
(Chambers Asia Pacific 2012)

"The Tokyo office is a dominant player amongst international firms"
(Chambers Global 2012)

Top Ranked Practice - Chambers Global 2017


Top Ranked Practice - Chambers Asia Pacific 2017


Top Tier Law Firm 2018 - Legal 500


2016 M+A Annual Review
M+A 2016 Annual Review


“They are excellent. I've worked with multiple legal firms and they are the best.”
(Chambers Asia Pacific 2017)

“They understand very well that Japanese clients want to be led by the outside lawyers with respect to the strategy as to how to deal with the legal problem.”
(Chambers Asia Pacific 2017)


“They are providing top-notch service in the Japanese legal market.”
(Chambers Asia Pacific 2016)

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