Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property was founded March 1998, with the specific intention of creating a Japanese IP law firm with a global mindset, to foster stress-free communication and to provide exceptional services. In 2021, Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property opened its new office in Beijing to serve our clients seeking Intellectual Property protection in China.
We believe that clear communication and transparency are the keys to mutual understanding. By adopting this unique working style, combined with expertise in Intellectual Property Law and Technology, Sonoda & Kobayashi has become the representative for many leading global and domestic companies in a wide spectrum of activities, becoming one of the most trusted firms in Asia for the prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Miura & Partners provides legal services to a wide range of clients for numerous legal issues related to their domestic as well as international business. We strive to understand the business objective of each client and provide tailored solutions to meet their strategic business goals.
Our Firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) is one of the largest full-service Tokyo headquartered international law firms. A significant proportion of the firm’s work is international in nature, representing clients in cross-border transactions, litigation and other dispute resolution proceedings.
Our Professionals The firm has over 550 lawyers and 540 support staff (including patent attorneys, licensed tax accountants, legal assistants and translators). The firm’s senior lawyers include a number of highly respected practitioners and leaders from the Japanese and international legal community, including prominent law professors from the University of Tokyo, and a former Prosecutor-General from the Public Prosecutors Office. The firm also has experienced lawyers qualified in the US, England and Wales, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Offices and Asia Practice Group MHM has a strong presence in Asia with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok (Chandler MHM Limited) and Yangon (Myanmar Legal MHM Limited). MHM also has domestic offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Takamatsu.
Our Recent Awards Chambers Global 2020
Top ranked firm in Banking & Finance/Capital Markets/Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives/Corporate & M&A/Dispute Resolution/Intellectual Property/International & Cross-Border Capabilities
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
Top ranked firm in Banking & Finance/ Capital Markets/Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives/Competition & Antitrust/Corporate & M&A/Dispute Resolution/Employment/Insurance/Intellectual Property/Investment Funds/Projects & Energy/Real Estate/Restructuring & Insolvency/Tax/Osaka
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
Top ranked firm in Antitrust & Competition Law/ Banking & Finance/Capital Markets/Corporate and M&A/Dispute Resolution/Investment funds/Intellectual Property/Labour and Employment/Projects and Energy/Real Estate and Construction/Restructuring and Insolvency/Tax/Risk management and investigations
IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate 2020
Top ranked firm in Banking/Capital Markets: Debt/Capital Markets: Equity/Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation/M&A/Project development/Project Finance
We are proud of our long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together. We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.