For the fourth year in a row, Morrison & Foerster has been named ‘Japan International Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2016. The firm has won the award five out of the six times since the award’s inception in 2011. This fifth win is a great honor and a testament to the well-established reputation and recent achievements of Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office, led by Managing Partner Ken Siegel.
The awards, which were held on April 8 in Singapore, recognize national 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. Chambers has repeatedly recognized Morrison & Foerster with more Band 1 practice and individual rankings in Japan than any other firm, including for: Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate (both international and domestic categories). Four of our Tokyo attorneys are ranked in the elite Star Individual category, a ranking given to attorneys with exceptional recommendations in their field.
With 120 attorneys Morrison & Foerster has the largest presence, and offers the broadest range of services, of any international law firm in Japan. This year, Chambers highlighted that the firm’s “outstanding domestic and cross-border M&A expertise is complemented by its capital markets, IP, real estate and dispute resolution skills”, and noted that the firm has “tackled some of the most high-profile IPOs and JVs in the jurisdiction”. Among other experience highlights, the Tokyo office recently advised Aetos Capital Real Estate in its sale of Simplex Investment Advisors to Hulic Co., Ltd for approximately $1.3 billion, which was the largest private equity and reportedly one of the largest real estate-related deals in Japan in 2015. For more information about our practice in Japan, click here.