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Morrison & Foerster’s Japan Office Receives Two Star Individual, Four Band 1 Practice, and Five Band 1 Individual Lawyer Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 Edition

14 Dec 2018

Morrison & Foerster’s Japan office continues to gain recognition for excellence in legal services as evidenced by the firm’s recent rankings in the 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Two Morrison & Foerster Japan partners, Kenneth Siegel and Theodore Seltzer, received Star Individual rankings, the highest individual rankings given by Chambers, for their exceptional client work in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 Edition.

According to the report:

  • Japan partner Kenneth Siegel, managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office, “continues to top the rankings on the basis of exceptional feedback, and extensive experience and activity in the M&A field,” according to the Chambers report. As the head of the office’s 50-attorney M&A team, Mr. Siegel’s practice focuses on the representation of high-technology companies in acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
  • Japan partner Theodore Seltzer, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, was recognized by Chambers for “his skill in representing US and Japanese clients on complex real estate acquisitions, financings and development projects.” Mr. Seltzer’s practice focuses on the representation of U.S., Japanese, and other global institutional investors in the acquisition, financing, and disposition of real estate, including cross-border equity and debt financing, fund formations, development projects, and distressed loan portfolio acquisitions.

Morrison & Foerster’s Japan office also secured four Band 1 practice rankings in the following categories:

  • Corporate/M&A: International (Japan) – The firm maintains its leading market position. The team is known for its substantial experience in big-ticket, cross-border M&A transactions with a client roster that includes some of the world’s largest conglomerates and private investment firms.
  • Competition/Antitrust (Japan) – Morrison & Foerster’s highly respected team is well versed in transactional and investigatory matters, including cartels, antimonopoly cases, and merger reviews.
  • Intellectual Property: International (Japan) – The firm’s top-league IP Group is acclaimed for its patent work across contentious and non-contentious issues, as well as its adept handling of trademarks and trade-secret disputes.
  • Real Estate (Japan) – Morrison & Foerster’s market-leading team, comprising foreign and local lawyers, secured this ranking as a result of ably handling highly complex real estate acquisitions and financing, and advising both domestic and multinational corporations.

Additionally, the following five Morrison & Foerster lawyers received Band 1 individual lawyer rankings:

  • Japan partner Joshua Isenberg, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, was recognized in the Real Estate: Registered Foreign Lawyers category. Mr. Isenberg’s practice includes a wide variety of real estate transactions, including senior and mezzanine financing, acquisitions, sales, construction and development matters, joint ventures, and ground leases.
  • Japan partner Max Olson, part of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department, was recognized in Band 1 of the Dispute Resolution: International category. Mr. Olson’s practice includes all aspects of dispute resolution, with special emphasis on patent litigation, adversarial patent license negotiations, and international arbitration.
  • Japan partner Masahiro Shiga, a member of Ito & Mitomi in the Tokyo office’s Real Estate Group, was recognized in the Real Estate: Bengoshi category. Mr. Shiga’s practice focuses on real estate finance, fund formation and private equity, banking and financial institutions, hospitality, workouts and restructurings, distressed acquisitions and financing, and real estate investment trusts.
  • Japan partner Gary Smith, one of the leading corporate M&A practitioners in the market, was recognized in the Corporate/M&A: International category. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on a broad range of international transactions with particular emphasis on cross-border M&A and financing transactions.
  • Japan senior counselor Akihiro Wani, with almost 30 years of experience in the capital markets arena, was recognized in the Banking & Finance: Domestic Firms: Financial Services Regulation category.

More information and the complete set of Chambers rankings can be found here.

About Chambers Asia-Pacific

Chambers Asia-Pacific recognizes domestic and international law firms across the Asia-Pacific region for their pre-eminence and notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service. 



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