Sidley’s global Japanese practice features a team of more than 40 professionals who represent a wide range of high-profile companies in Japan and worldwide. Our lawyers are internationally recognized as leaders in their work involving cross-border capital markets transactions, securitizations, mergers and acquisitions and U.S. litigation involving Japanese companies and financial institutions.
Our team defends Japanese companies in commercial matters, product liability, intellectual property, patent and insurance litigation and international arbitration. Our international trade team regularly advises Japanese companies and the Japanese government on a wide variety of matters, including those involving disputes, tariffs, customs, duties and the World Trade Organization.
The firm first opened its Tokyo office in 1992 and, in 2002, expanded the scope and prominence of its practice in Japan when Tomoo Nishikawa, the managing partner of Nishikawa & Partners, joined to form an affiliation with Sidley. Since 2007, the joint enterprise in Tokyo has been known as Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Sidley Austin Nishikawa). Lawyers in our Tokyo office may practice under U.S. and Japanese law.