Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Wins Eight Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards

Ken Siegel and Louise Stoupe were each honored for their individual accomplishments

20 Jun 2018

Asian Legal Business 2018 Awards Group Photo

Left to Right: Josh Isenberg, Masahiro Shiga, Stuart Beraha, Randy Laxer, Louise Stoupe, Masato Hayakawa, Yuka Teraguchi, Jesse Gillespie, Ivan Smallwood, Ken Siegel


Asian Legal Business Awards 2018 Louise Stoupe

Louise Stoupe on the left

TOKYO (June 20, 2018) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, recently received eight awards at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) 2018 Japan Law Awards. Now in its 14th year, the ALB Awards recognize the achievements of Japan’s leading private practice law firms and in-house counsel. Ken Siegel, Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office, and Louise Stoupe, Tokyo partner and co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group, both received individual accolades.  Of particular note, Morrison & Foerster was also named International Deal Firm of the Year. 

Morrison & Foerster’s awards included:

  • Foreign Lawyer of the Year: Ken Siegel
  • Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year: Louise Stoupe
  • BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year: Louise Stoupe
  • International Deal Firm of the Year
  • Japan Deal of the Year for Toshiba’s Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) for Toshiba’s Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year for Toshiba’s Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
  • Real Estate Deal of the Year for the acquisition of the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

“It is an honor to be recognized by Asia Legal Business,” said Mr. Siegel. “I’m proud of my colleagues for their outstanding work this past year.  These awards are a testament to the strength of our Tokyo office and further emphasize Morrison & Foerster’s position as the largest international law firm in Japan.”

Mr. Siegel’s recognition as Foreign Lawyer of the Year came as a result of advising Japanese clients on a number of blockbuster deals, including a series of large investments by SoftBank in tech and media companies in multiple jurisdictions. These included SoftBank's $7.7 billion primary and secondary investment investment in Uber, and SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund's $4.4 billion investment in WeWork Companies, a platform for creators and provider of an extensive network of shared workspaces. He also advised Hitachi, Ltd. in its $1.245 billion acquisition of the Sullair brand air compressor manufacture and sale business from Accudyne Industries.

Additionally, along with his multi-practice team in Tokyo, Mr. Siegel advised Toshiba Corporation on the $18 billion sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Toshiba Memory Corporation to a consortium led by Bain Capital and including SK Hynix, HOYA Corp., Apple, Seagate, Kingston, and Dell.  The transaction has been reported as the largest Japanese M&A deal since 2011 and the largest private equity deal ever in Asia.  The matter was named by ALB as Japan Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year. 

The firm’s second individual honoree, Ms. Stoupe, has represented Asia-based clients in complex international disputes over the course of her career at Morrison & Foerster, including Toshiba Corporation’s seven separate disputes with its joint venture partner and the JCAA arbitration that resulted in the first and only Japan Supreme Court ruling in arbitration.

“I am thankful to have received the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year and Woman Lawyer of the Year awards,” said Ms. Stoupe. “I work with a terrific team of lawyers at Morrison & Foerster who are at the top of their fields, and awards like these aren’t possible without everyone’s efforts and hard work.”

Eric Piesner, Morrison & Foerster’s Firmwide Managing Partner for Asia, added: “I want to congratulate Ken, Louise, and the entire Tokyo team for their well-deserved recognition. To be honored in so many categories this year affirms the depth and breadth of our practices in Tokyo, and reflects the reputation that the firm has in the region overall.”

The ALB Awards were held on June 13 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. 



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