Nakamura & Partners, established in 1914, is one of the leading and largest international patent and law firms in Japan.
The scope of the firm’s practice is very extensive and includes both the prosecution of industrial property rights and litigations and other legal affairs centering on intellectual property law. Specifically, the firm handles patent applications, utility model applications, design applications, trademark and service mark applications, oppositions, and trials before the Japanese Patent Office, and renders expert opinions relating to these industrial property rights. The firm’s legal practice also includes a wide range of counselling and infringement litigations and other types of litigations related to intellectual property laws (patent, trademark, design, utility model, trade secret, unfair competition prevention, copyright, etc.), drafting and negotiations related to joint ventures, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions and general corporate affairs.
Atsumi & Sakai is a multi-award-winning, independent Tokyo law firm, and one of the ten largest independent full-service law firms in Japan. The firm was the first Japanese law firm to create a foreign law joint venture, which enables it to admit foreign partners and so offer its clients the quality of service that the modern international business community demands. Expanding from its highly regarded finance practice, the firm now acts for a wide range of international and domestic companies, banks, financial institutions and other businesses, offering a comprehensive range of legal expertise.
Atsumi & Sakai has an outward-looking approach to its international practice, and has several foreign partners and consultants with extensive experience from leading international law firms, so providing its clients with the benefit of both Japanese law expertise and real international experience. As the only independent Japanese law firm with a London office, it can also provide real-time advice on Japanese law to its clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and a more convenient service to clients in the Americas. Our international work, both inward investment and working with our Japanese clients on offshore matters, has expanded very significantly in recent years.
As a ’foreign law joint enterprise,’ in addition to lawyers admitted in Japan (including Japanese lawyers also admitted in England and Wales and the Republic of the Marshall Islands), the firm includes foreign lawyers registered in Japan to advise on the laws of the US States of New York and California, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, India, the State of Queensland, Australia, US and Australian Federal laws, and the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany (in collaboration with Janssen Foreign Law Office).
As a member of global legal networks, and having had many years’ experience in working with international law firms, the firm is able to assist clients in the selection of overseas counsel and to work on cross-border transactions with foreign lawyers it is familiar with.
Innovation & diversity
The firm constantly seeks to anticipate its clients’ needs for new legal services, most recently those arising from the rapid technological developments in the financial services industry, and strives to provide high-quality and cost-effective services and solutions to support start-up companies. We also offer flexible alternative fee arrangements tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each client company.
We take a proactive approach to diversity, with nearly 30% of our lawyers being women and 10% foreigners, and encourage our lawyers to maintain a good work/life balance, which has seen the firm recognised as Japan’s leading law firm for employee satisfaction.
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.
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.