Chambers and Partners Names Morrison & Foerster Japan International Law Firm of the Year

02/02/2018

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Chambers Asia-Pacific

Morrison & Foerster was recognized as the Japan International Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards, held in Hong Kong on February 1. This marks the sixth year in a row that Morrison & Foerster has received this award and the seventh time in the eight years that the award has been presented.

Based on industry research and client feedback, the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards celebrate the work of domestic and international law firms in the region. Firms are evaluated on the quality of their work over the past 12 months and their dedication to client service.

Chambers has repeatedly recognized Morrison & Foerster with more Band 1 practice rankings than any other international firm in Japan, including:

Competition/Antitrust

Clients cited Morrison & Foerster as one of the “best law firms among the international firms, with well-known antitrust lawyers.”

Editorial highlights:

  • Assisted Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo with the merger filing for its acquisition of Metalor Technologies International
  • Acted for Sumitomo in securing approval for its joint venture with Japan Steel Works and Gerdau

Corporate/M&A

Chambers recognized Morrison & Foerster as a leader in the M&A market, with demonstrated expertise in big-ticket, cross-border M&A transactions.

Clients reported that they continually feel “well represented” throughout transactions and are satisfied with the firm’s “excellent outcomes.”

Editorial highlights:

  • Represented of SoftBank in its £24.3 billion ($31.4 billion) acquisition of UK-based semiconductor and software design company ARM Holdings, the largest ever cross-border acquisition by a Japanese company and the largest ever cash acquisition of a UK company
  • Advised Renesas Electronics, a Tokyo-based semiconductor supplier, on its $3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil Corporation, a leading U.S. chipmaker
  • Represented of Hitachi, Ltd. in its $1.245 billion acquisition of the “Sullair” brand air compressor business from Accudyne Industries

Dispute Resolution

Chambers noted that Morrison & Foerster’s dispute resolution team is known for its “speedy support” and “particular strength” in IP and technology disputes.

Editorial highlights:

  • Acted for Fujitsu Ten in a patent infringement investigation brought by Advanced Silicon Technologies, LLC before the United States International Trade Commission and a related patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • Assisted Buffalo Americas with patent infringement litigation brought by Via Vadis, LLC and AC Technologies in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas 

Intellectual Property

Chambers recognized Morrison & Foerster’s “top-league” IP group known for its work across contentious and non-contentious issues, trade secrets disputes, and expertise in monetizing IP portfolios.

Editorial highlights:

  • Advised Renesas Electronics on the IP and commercial aspects of its $3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil Corporation
  • Represented TDK Corporation, Showa Denko, and their customer Toshiba (and its subsidiaries) in a patent infringement claim filed by Lambeth against Toshiba in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Real Estate

“They are a top-tier firm, especially in the real estate field,” stated one client in Chambers-Asia Pacific. “They are one of the go-to firms in Japan.”

Editorial highlights:

  • Advised Mori Trust Co., Ltd. on establishing its U.S. subsidiary Mori America LLC to help the company with its overseas investment business in the U.S., marking the first deal for Mori Trust in the U.S.
  • Represented SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder, in its $468 million acquisition of U.S. homebuilder Woodside Homes Company, LLC, which significantly expanded SEKISUI HOUSE’s overseas business platform into the U.S. homebuilding market    

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