Firm Profile


Morrison & Foerster was one of the first international law firms to be licensed in Japan, when we opened our Tokyo office in 1987. Today, the firm is the largest and most diversified international law firm in Japan, and includes the Japan admitted lawyers of the Registered Associated Offices of Ito & Mitomi, who work side-by-side with Morrison & Foerster attorneys.


Our Tokyo-based attorneys are highly experienced in key industry sectors, including computer products and peripherals, semiconductors, software, life sciences, information technology, telecommunications, and financial services


Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo Office has the most active M&A practice of any global firm in Japan with over 40 Japanese and U.S. M&A attorneys. Prominent legal publications such as Chambers Global and Chambers Asia, Asia Pacific Legal 500, and IFLR1000 have consistently ranked us as a Tier 1 leading firm for M&A in Japan.


Our Tokyo attorneys have extensive experience in representing both Japanese and non Japanese companies in a broad range of transactions, including public and private acquisitions, complex carve outs and divisional spin-outs, and the formation of strategic alliances and joint ventures, both in Japan and around the world.


Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo Office has extensive experience advising Japanese and foreign companies in all aspects of the formation, financing, operation, and restructuring of cross-border strategic alliances, joint ventures, restructurings, and workouts.  Our attorneys are highly experienced in the complexities of formulating an exit strategy, including by an initial public offering, third party sale, purchase or sale option between venture partners, and dissolution. Our Japan admitted attorneys (bengoshi) take a major role in advising clients on the complex issues of managing and restructuring operating ventures


Notable Practitioners


Fuyuo Mitomi
Gary Smith
Ivan Smallwood
Ken Siegel





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