Jones Day

Jones Day
Address: Kamiyacho Prime Place
1-17, Toranomon 4-chome
Tokyo 105-0001, Japan
Phone: +81-3-3433-3939
Fax: +81-3-5401-2725
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Jones Day opened its Tokyo Office in 1989 to provide legal services to companies doing business in Japanese and international markets. In January 2002, Jones Day merged with the Japanese firm Showa Law Office and became one of the major firms with substantial local law capability in the Tokyo market. Since the merger, Jones Day Tokyo has steadily grown both in size and scope of practice and is currently a full-service office with approximately 55 lawyers.

Jones Day Tokyo's M&A and finance lawyers advise Japanese and international businesses on domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of industries, including life sciences, consumer products, electrical equipment, automotive, and telecom. The diverse legal needs of our clients in Japan also are served by the deep knowledge and experience of lawyers in our commercial and IP litigation, antitrust, government regulation, and tax practices.

Our lawyers in Tokyo work as integrated members of Jones Day's worldwide network, collaborating closely with lawyers in Jones Day's other offices to serve Firm clients whose headquarters are located outside Japan. We also act as a local portal to the Firm's international offices for our local clients, among which are many Japanese-listed companies.

Jones Day Tokyo attorneys are involved in the activities of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and local bar associations. As part of their pro bono activities, our lawyers serve as state-appointed counsel in criminal cases and offer low cost legal advice to those who need it. Some Tokyo attorneys serve on committees of public organizations, such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and give seminars and lead workshops. The Tokyo Office is a member, and supports the activities, of the Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law. Our lawyers also contribute to the knowledge of international law in Japan by lecturing at educational institutions and publishing in newspapers, journals, and law reviews.

Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition Law
Antitrust & Intellectual Property
Antitrust Civil Investigations & Litigation
Antitrust Criminal Investigations
Antitrust in Asia
Antitrust Mergers & Joint Ventures
Banking & Finance
Borrower / Workouts / Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
Business Restructuring & Reorganization
Climate Change
Consumer Products & Retail
Corporate Governance
Corporate Real Estate Services
Creditors Committee / Ad Hoc Committee Representations
Cross-Border Litigation
Cross-Border Restructuring Matters
Distressed Company Litigation
Distressed M&A Representations
Domestic Litigation in Courts Around The World
Energy Finance
Energy Transactions
Environmental, Health & Safety
Financial Institutions Regulation
Financial Services
Franchising & Distribution
Fund Structuring & Fund Services
Global Disputes
Government Regulation
Intellectual Property
International Claims in Domestic Courts
International Commercial Arbitration
International Investigations
International Public Law
International Taxation
Investor-State & Treaty-Based Arbitration
IP in Asia
Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
Judicial Support of International Proceedings
Labor & Employment
Licensing & Technology Transactions
Life Sciences
M&A Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions Taxation
Patent Litigation
Privacy & Data Security
Private Equity
Private Equity / Real Estate Taxation
Product Liability Litigation
Public International Law
Real Estate
Real Estate & Property Companies
Real Estate Capital Markets
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Funds
Trademarks, Unfair Competition & Copyrights
Venture Capital & Private Investment
Capital Markets
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation
Health Care
Insurance Recovery
Issues & Appeals
Projects & Infrastructure
Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
Corporate Criminal Investigations
Published Works:
New SAFE Circular 7—What Does It Mean for Your Company?, 2012

Representing Japanese Companies Worldwide日本企業を世界各国でサポート, 2012

Asia Pacific Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, 2012

Global Stock Plans Update, 2011

Asian Capital Markets, 2011

Asia-Pacific Competition Law, 2011

Asia Practice, 2011

Antitrust Alert: Japan Fair Trade Commission Proposes Revised Merger Regulation and Guidelines, 2011

Tokyo Office, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court Bilski Decision Finding Business Methods Unpatentable as Abstruct Ideas, Intellectual Property Management, Japan Intellectual Property Association, 1879, 719, Vol. 60, No.11, 2010

Antitrust Alert: JFTC Issues Draft Guidelines on the Prohibition of Abuse of a Superior Bargaining Position Under the Japan Anti-Monopoly Act, 2010

High-Yield Debt Practice - Asia, 2010

Asian Mergers & Acquisitions, 2010

Asian Dispute Resolution, 2010

Seeking relief under law on Recognition and Releaf of Foreign Proceedings, coauthor, International Law Office Newsletter, 2010

Have-made rights under the U.S. cases, 721, Vol. 63, No.7, Patent 92, 2010

Cross-border insolvency and recognition of foreign proceedings, coauthor, International Law Office Newsletter, 2010

Antitrust Alert: Japan Proposes to Reform JFTC Hearing Procedure for Antitrust Violations, 2010

United States Court of Appeals, For the Sixth Circuit Decision ruling that a merger resulting from internal corporate reorganization would conflict with non-transferability of license, 571, Vol. 38, No.1, IBL Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law 13, 2010

Antitrust Alert: Japan Challenges "Essential" Patent Licenses Under Anti-Monopoly Act, 2009

Antitrust Alert: Japan Passes Amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Act to Strengthen Cartel Enforcement and Expand the Scope of Single-Firm Conduct Subject to Fines, 2009

Recent Developments in the United States, EU and Asia at the Intersection of Antitrust and Patent Law, GCP Magazine, 2009

Recent Developments in Takeover Defense Discussions in Japan, 2008

The Pitfalls of Failing to "Reasonably" Compensate Employee Inventors in Japan - IP Perspectives, 2008

Japan's Intellectual Property High Court Recognizes Mini Maglite® Product Shape as 3-D Trademark, 2007

Key Considerations for Cross-border REITs, Japan Real Estate Investment Trusts (J-REITs), 2007

How to avoid inventor disputes with employees, coauthor, 170 Managing Intellectual Property 55, 2007

Confidence is key: China's highest IP court and the new IP court in Japan get stuck in, coauthor, 179 Patent World 16, 2006

Personal Information Protection Law in Japan, 2005

Protection of Corporate Intranet Communication from Discovery - Comparison with Japanese Practice, 3rd place in the 2003 Virginia Law Student Writing Competition/ Corporate Counsel Section of the Virginia State Bar, 2004

International Commercial Arbitration in Asia, 2004

The Prospects for LNG in Asia in the 21st Century, 2004

Standard Terms for Asia Oilfield Services Contracts, PetroMin, 2003

The Antitrust Review of the Japan Airlines and Japan Air System Merger, The Transportation Antitrust Update, Issue 9, 2002

Representative Cases:
Abbott Labs acquires BASF Pharma (2009)
adidas Japan KK receives tender offer from Salomon
Adidas-Salomon S.A. and Adidas Japan K.K. file claim against Descente relating to a distribution agreement
Aegis Group acquires stake in Chusen Media
Affymetrix negotiates commercial agreements in Japan (2009)
ALM involved in arbitration proceedings in connection with dispute with Kirschner Medical Corp. (2009)
Ambac Assurance issues $278 million of Secured Floating Rate Notes in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering by Hanareum International Funding Limited
Ambac Assurance serves as credit enhancer in $475 million securitization of Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation leases and loans (2009)
American Airlines secures alliance with Japan Airlines (2009)
AnGes MG enters into collaborative agreement and invests $22.6 million in Vical (2009)
Asia-wide distributor of cosmetics disputes wrongful termination of distributorship agreement with Japanese manufacturer (2012)
Avon completes $90 million sale of ownership interest in Avon Japan business to TPG Capital affiliate (2011)
Axcelis Technologies sells interest in joint venture SEN Corporation to Sumitomo Heavy Industries (2009)
Bayer AG forms strategic alliance with Schering-Plough (2009)
BOT Lease Co. finances Minami Towada wind power project in Japan (2009)
Bridgestone acquires Bandag for $1 billion (2009)
Cabot to divest its Supermetals business for $400 million (2011)
Canon Sales sells remaining 50% interest in Canon Staar to joint venture partner STAAR Surgical Company (2010)
Compagnie de Fives-Lille acquires Sandvik Sorting Systems (2009)
Construction company and customer in dispute concerning breach of contract and unjustifiable enrichment (2009)
Daiichi Pharmaceutical merges with Sankyo Co. (2009)
Daiichi Sankyo acquires generic-drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories for $4.6 billion (2009)
Daiwa Corporate Investment completes $127 million sale via tender of controlling interest in GABA Corporation to Nichii Gakkan
Daiwa SMBC Capital sells interests in Mazda Car Rental (2009)
Dell pursues trademark protection and enforcement in Japan (2009)
Dell settles favorably in dispute over unauthorized name use (2009)
Diamond Lease purchases trust beneficial interest of real estate bonds (2009)
Diebold acquires TASC Security
Discover Financial Services, Diners Club International and PULSE Network involved in global rollout of ATM card acceptance arrangements (2009)
Diversified products and services company obtains loan backed by lease receivables
Dow Corning Corp acquires Silicone Division of Nippon Unicar Company
Eco Asset participates in CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) projects in China (2010)
EDS sells business unit of A.T. Kearney
European car manufacturer signs long-term lease of a factory and equipment in Chiba-Prefecture, Japan (2009)
European financial firm acquires fund management company managing alternative energy, water and other funds (2010)
European financial firm forms joint venture with a major Japanese trading company to provide IT consulting services (2010)
European financial firm involved in the restructuring and recapitalization of its Japan auto parts maker subsidiary (2010)
Financial institution enters into ¥41 billion term loan facility
Financial institution finances construction of commercial building
Financial institution obtains advice concerning early termination of ISDA Master Agreement
Financial institution obtains advice on effectiveness of prime broker arrangement
Financial institution provides financing for property acquisition
Financial institution refinances CMBS and RMBS (2009)
Financial institution seeks Jones Day's advice concerning currency overlay scheme and credit default swap
France-based oil and gas company structures joint venture in compliance with Japanese antitrust law (2009)
Fresenius Medical Care favorably settles Japanese patent infringement case involving membranes used in dialyzers (2009)
Fursa successfully pursues appraisal rights in Japan
Fursa targets Nortiz on dividends (2008)
Future Venture Capital places shares with Total Network Holdings and MBK Co. (2010)
Galileo Funds and Arcadis Capital acquire twenty-one property portfolio (2009)
Global alternative investment firm completes sale of Wellife Co. to Create SD Holdings (2011)
Harman International Industries acquires QNX software systems
Harmonic Communications places additional shares with Dentsu (2009)
Harry Winston obtains $60 million credit facility
Honda Motor Co. forms joint venture with British American Tobacco
Idemitsu Kosan Co. forms Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical Limited Liability Company (2009)
Industrial corporation serves as financial lessor in whole business securitization of carrier (2009)
Infoserve Technology Corp forms alliance with SingTel
International Herald Tribune establishes joint venture with Asahi Shimbun
J.F. Lehman acquires Drew Marine Business unit from Ashland (2009)
Japanese bank files complaint against an individual on the grounds of breach of contract and repayment of borrowed money (2009)
Japanese company defends against import suspension motions related to digital recording devices (2011)
Japanese company files a complaint against a U.S. company on the grounds of breach of contract and tort (2009)
Japanese company files complaint against a former director on the grounds of breach of fiduciary duties (2009)
Japanese company negotiates biofuel development agreements with major U.S. and European chemical companies (2010)
Japanese conglomerate with gold and silver mining interests in western U.S. responds to EPA and state environmental agency inquiries (2010)
Japanese electrical equipment company contemplates trade regulations with respect to transaction with Indian company
Japanese engineering company reviews export control regulations related to Myanmar (2009)
Japanese multi-level marketing company complies with Japan's METI regulations (2009)
Japanese outboard engine company involved in arbitration in connection with a supply agreement
Japanese pharmaceutical company disputes contract and intellectual property issues in ICC arbitration (2012)
LaSalle Asia acquires Torius Shopping Mall and master lessee (2009)
LaSalle Asia Recovery Fund acquires and develops a shopping center in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan (2009)
Lender acquires 13-hotel portfolio
LSI Logic sells Japanese semiconductor manufacturing facility to ROHM Co.
Mag Instrument builds and protects flashlight trademark portfolio in Japan (2009)
Mag Instrument files action to protect distinctive design of Mag flashlights in Japan (2009)
Mag Instrument is first to obtain 3-D trademark registration in Japan in landmark Intellectual Property High Court decision (2009)
Mag Instrument settles favorably trade dress infringement suit involving flashlight shape (2009)
Mag Instruments resolves trade dress infringement suit involving flashlight shape (2009)
Major Japanese company bids (subsequently terminated) for a U.S. power company out of a Chapter 11 proceeding (2010)
Major Japanese electric utility undertakes countermeasures against foreign investor's attempt to increase stake in company (2009)
Major Japanese energy company invests in solar energy business in U.S. (2010)
Major Japanese energy company negotiates specialty chemicals supply agreement with a U.S. maker including consideration of future joint venture arrangements (2010)
Major Japanese private equity firm performs due diligence in connection with prospective acquisition of Japanese electronics manufacturer (2010)
Major Japanese transport machine manufacturer complies with trade regulations involving export to China (2009)
Midway Games negotiates exclusive distributorship agreement with Aruze for video games (2009)
Mitsubishi sells 3.4% interest in Strand Minerals (Indonesia) to Pacific Metals (2011)
Mitsukoshi forms joint venture with Fortnum & Mason
Mizuho provides financing for ship purchase
Molycorp to acquire Neo Material Technologies in $1.3 billion deal
Morgan Stanley and its TMK purchase nine residential buildings
Mortgage company enters into servicing agreement
Nidec acquires motors and controls business of Emerson Electric (2010)
NIF SMBC Ventures sells majority equity interest in CDS (2009)
NIF Ventures acquires Gakken Credit in MBO
NineSigma invests in subsidiary (2009)
Nissin Food acquires 33.5% stake in Russia's Angleside (2009)
NJK Corp. involved in tender offer by NTT Data Corporation to acquire a majority of shares of NJK and form a business alliance agreement (2010)
NTT Data acquires controlling interest in The Revere Group
Offshore oil and gas industry contractor sells 49% interest in PT Arah Prana to Blue Sky Energy and Power, Inc. (2011)
Omron sells equity interest in Power Systems
Otsuka Pharmaceutical forms research collaboration with global research organization (2010)
Pfizer sells consumer healthcare business to Johnson & Johnson for $16.6 billion (2009)
Phillip Estate acquires Maison de Ville Azabudai (2009)
Pohjola Bank purchases 40% interest in Access Capital Partners Group and completes sale of Pohjola Private Equity Funds
Procter & Gamble acquired Ambi Pur, the air care business of Sara Lee, for $470 million (2009)
Procter & Gamble secures regulatory approvals worldwide for Gillette acquisition (2009)
Provider of credit and risk management solutions completes purchase of sales receivables (2009)
R.R. Donnelley corporate real estate services representation (2009)
RHJ International sells its 77.9% ownership of Niles Co. to Valeo for ¥15.4 billion (€135 million) (2011)
Riverside acquires Maos (2009)
Riverside acquires Naka and Co. (2010)
Riverside acquires Shinsouki Co.
Riverside completes sale of GTI Diagnostics to Gen-Probe (2011)
SAP wins antitrust approvals worldwide for acquisition of Business Objects (2009)
SCHOTT acquires majority share in Japan-based Moritex, expanding fiber optic operations into Asia (2009)
Shinsei Bank Limited acquires 35% interest in Jih Sun Financial for $382 million (2009)
Sinochem prevails in U.S. Supreme Court in dispute involving jurisdictional rules that apply in U.S. federal courts (2009)
Societe BIC S.A. purchases distributor of BIC products in Japan
Sojitz acquires Cymetech
Spansion Japan represented as cross-border debtor and also as largest creditor in chapter 11 case of parent (2010)
Spansion Japan settles claims against former parent (2010)
Stallergenes licenses allergy medicine for house dust mites immunotherapy to Shionogi (2010)
Stallergenes licenses allergy medicine for Japanese cedar immunotherapy to Shionogi (2010)
Starbucks pursues counterfeit products and trademark infringement in Japan (2009)
State of Wisconsin Investment Board acquires Kofuku Bank
Strategic Value Partners acquires Tanaka Value Investments
Sumitomo Chemical acquires 20% of NuFarm for $622 million (2010)
Sumitomo Chemical acquires MMA sheet business of Jiuh Mei Enterprise (2010)
Sumitomo Chemical forms joint venture with Lyondell Chemical Corporation (2009)
Sumitomo Corporation acquires 35% stake in Hachette Fujingaho (2010)
Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals merges with Dainippon Pharmaceutical (2009)
Takasago acquires Nippon Fläkt
The Deutsch Group completes sale to WENDEL Investissement (2009)
The Norinchukin Bank acquires interest in Mizuho Securities Co.
The Timken Company finances Torrington acquisition
Timken Company acquires Torrington Division of Ingersoll-Rand Company (2009)
Toray Industries and TonenGeneral Sekiyu K. K. form joint venture
U.S. electric appliance manufacturer complies with Japanese product safety requirements (2009)
Vestey Holdings sells Classic Fine Foods Holdings to EQT Greater China and management
Yamaha defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicle (2009)
Yamaha obtains permanent injunction against Yamoto and U.S. distributor Patriot (2009)
Adachi, Masatoshi, Associate
Adachi, Naoko, Associate
Concepcion, Arnoldo B., Associate
DeCosse, Stephen J., Partner
Funo, Tetsuya, Associate
Goto, Shingo, Associate
Hiroshige, Takashi, Associate
Horiike, Masayuki, Associate
Ina, Hirokazu, Associate
Inoue, Koichi, Partner
Ito, Harukuni, Associate
Jones, Scott, Partner
Kaneko, Naho, Associate
Kawasaki, Kunihiro, Associate
Kikuyama, Yoko, Associate
Kiyohara, Ken, Partner
Matsuda, Dan, Of Counsel
Miyakawa, Hiromitsu, Associate
Mori, Yuichiro, Partner
Namba, Kosuke, Associate
Nelson, David R., Counsel
Ohira, Yusuke, Associate
Ou, Tommy H., Associate
Roebuck, John C., Partner
Saeki, Shunsuke, Associate
Sano, Tadakatsu, Partner
Sato, Rika, Partner
Sedlak, Eric W., Of Counsel
Suzuki, Masatomo, Partner
Takahashi, Michiru, Partner
Tamai, Kazumasa, Associate
Tanaka, Yuko, Associate
Umino, Kaoru, Partner
Watanabe, Shinya, Partner
Wright, Ian M., Associate
Yako, Takako, Associate
Yamabe, Satoshi, Associate
Yamada, Akio, Senior Advisor
Yamada, Toru, Partner
Yamanouchi, Nobutoshi, Partner
Tanazawa, Takashi, Associate
Fukuda, Masahide, Associate
Hanada, Yusuke, Associate
Kojima, Shinichi, Associate
Masuda, Yoshitake, Counsel
Nishiyama, Seiichi, Associate
Oyama, Tsuyoshi, Associate
Rudd, John S., Associate
Takahashi, Toshiaki, Associate
Tokumoto, Naoko, Associate
Yamamoto, Kohei, Associate
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