International Practices

International Practice in General

Iwata Godo, aiming at further expansion of its international practice, has established personnel capability and structure through which we can appropriately respond to international cases. Efforts made by Iwata Godo for this purpose include sending of member attorneys abroad for study, admittance to local bars and gaining experiences of working at foreign law firms, cooperation with a leading corporate law firm in China (Jin Mao P.R.C. Lawyers in Shanghai City), participation by a partner of this Chinese law firm to our office, participation by an attorney practicing French law who had long worked as a partner in a major foreign law firm and consultation with US lawyer who has experiences as an in-house attorney with multiple Japanese companies for many years and with US consultant who is experienced in US legal practice and cooperation with a leading law firm in France (DS Avocats) with a growing international network in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

International practice related to US and European countries in which we have been traditionally involved have expanded and now we offer such services as (i) writing opinion letters on Japanese legislation and legal practice upon request from foreign law firms, (ii) provision of legal advice on filing for leniency program in connection to an international cartel case that involved Japanese, US and European companies and (iii) conducting due diligence for acquisition cases in US and European countries in cooperation with local foreign law firms.

In recent years, we have also expanded our international practice related to Asian countries which have gained importance as markets and we offer legal services regarding establishment of business basis of client companies, business cooperation with local corporations and acquisitions in cooperation with local firms.

Our services for Japanese clients include, among others, (i) provision of advice and drafting contracts regarding mergers and/or business cooperation with foreign companies, licensing, confidentiality, joint research and development, sales, dealership, export and import, finance and so on, (ii) provision of advice on disputes and representation in procedures in Japan, (iii) representation of clients in procedures related establishment of overseas corporation in so-called tax haven and (iv) representation of clients in international commercial arbitration procedures. Further, in cooperation with foreign law firms, we provide our Japanese clients with (i) advice regarding foreign legislation, (ii) filing of notifications to overseas competition authorities and (iii) assistance in litigation and arbitration procedures in foreign countries.

For non-Japanese companies, we also offer comprehensive legal services including but not limited to such services as (i) conducting studies on relevant business sectors and reporting the results thereof for the purpose of entering into Japanese market, (ii) providing advice on regulations that are applicable to the business activities to be conducted under the Japanese legal system, (iii) providing advice and representing in filing of notification and so on, (iv) providing advice and drafting contracts on various matters such as M&A, joint venture, business cooperation, licensing and joint research and development, (v) providing advice on various Japanese legislation and (vi) representing the client in litigation and other legal procedures.

In addition, by joining TerraLex, a comprehensive global network of premier law firms, in September 2020, we are now able to provide an even wider range of services, including legal support on all types of multijurisdictional projects, dispute resolution and compliance advice for business activities worldwide.

Chinese Law

Iwata Godo, working in standing cooperation with a leading Chinese corporate law firm (Jin Mao P.R.C. Lawyers in Shanghai City) and having participation of a Chinese attorney who is a partner thereof and who is registered as a foreign lawyer to Japanese bar association and practicing in our office, provides the clients with broad range of legal advice on such matters as (i) legal issues arising in the process of direct investment in China, (ii) M&A and corporate restructuring in corporate groups upon acceptance of foreign capital and (iii) cases in arbitration or litigation under process in China.

With regard to new direct investment projects in China, Iwata Godo offers such legal services as research and report on relevant business sectors in China, advice on industrial regulations and related matters, advice and representation in procedures such as necessary filing and registration to clients including Japanese companies establishing a resident representative office, a joint corporation or a wholly foreign owned enterprise and Japanese banks establishing a representative office, a branch office or a local subsidiary. In addition, we send the member attorneys including above mentioned Chinese attorney to the spot to provide advice on relevant laws and regulations in China such as the labour law, company law and contract law to the Japanese clients who are resident in China.

With regard to the provision of advice on industrial regulations, we offer many Japanese bank clients in China, drawing upon our expertise in banking regulations, such legal services as provision of advice on compliance issues in China, control of foreign exchange, registration of foreign currency loans and business related RMB.

Also to Japanese clients who have already established their business in China, we offer wide range of legal services including (i) advising and representing clients on such matters as M&A in China, corporate restructuring such as restructuring of group corporations upon acceptance of foreign capital from China, US and European countries or transfer of shares, (ii) providing advice and drafting various contracts including those on trademark, patent, provision of know-how and sales, (iii) providing legal advice on various laws and regulations in China and (iv) representing the clients in arbitration and/or litigation procedures.

EU Law and French Law

Likewise, Iwata Godo is working in standing cooperation with a leading French international law firm (DS Avocats and a French attorney registered as gaikokuho jimu bengoshi joined Iwata Godo in 2013 from a Magic Circle firm, bringing more than 20 years international law firm experience including 15 in Japan to our office to focus on international mergers & acquisitions, inbound/outbound investments as well as corporate governance, commercial contracts, antitrust and employment. DS is a global network of five law firms (about 200 lawyers) with more than 17 offices including in major commercial centers worldwide which can be accessed by Iwata Godo; they have offices in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Canada, Vietnam, Singapore, the PRC and Vietnam and Tunisia. DS Avocats (with more than 120 lawyers in France) is regularly ranked as a leading French firm for M&A involving small and mid-cap companies and they have a “Japan Desk” in Paris (including a Japanese lawyer) that works hand in hand with our Tokyo-based international practice. The cooperation with DS provides strength in depth and breadth at a cost which gives us real competitive advantage in providing cost-effective cross-border solutions for clients. As a result of this cooperation, the integrated teams of DS and Iwata Godo can advise on most business law areas in France and several other jurisdictions.

Publications Related to International Practices

  • 2021.06

    Tago Shinya, Yamada Kohei and Landry Guesdon co-authored an article titled "Product Liability 2021: Japan" which appears in The International Comparative Legal Guide.

  • 2021.05

    Matsuda Akira, Adachi Makoto, and Kukimoto Sayaka co-authored the Japan Chapter of "Data Protection 3rd Edition Country Comparative Guide" which appears on the Legal 500 web site.

  • 2021.02

    Matsuda Akira and Iwata Keisuke contributed a commentary titled "ASEAN Practice - Singapore: Introduction to the latest case on the rule against the contractual penalties" (in Japanese only) to Lexology.

  • 2021.01

    Matsuda Akira and Ikeda Minako co-authored an article titled "Corporate Investigations 2021: Japan" which appears in The International Comparative Legal Guide.

    MATSUDA Akira  IKEDA Minako 
  • 2021.01

    Matsuda Akira, Yamada Kohei and Fukatsu Haruno co-authored an article titled "The GDR Insight Handbook 2021- Data Privacy" was published by Law Business Research.

Lectures, Seminars and Conferences Related to International Practices

  • 2021.06

    Matsuda Akira served as a moderator at a panel discussion titled "Exploring and exploiting new opportunities in data" at an online conference titled "GDR Connect 2021" which was held from June 22 through 26, 2021 (Japan Time).

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

  • 2021.06

    Matsuda Akira served as a speaker at a panel discussion titled "Transferring E-commerce Related Data In and Out of China" at an online conference titled "Round-the-World Overflight on Privacy and Cybersecurity In E-commerce" which was held from June 1 (Tuesday) through 3 (Thursday), 2021 (Japan Time).

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

  • 2020.11

    Matsuda Akira served as a moderator at a panel discussion titled "Data4Efficiency" held at the webinar "Data Business Congress Asia" by Privacy Rules.

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

  • 2020.08

    Matsuda Akira participated as a panelist at a panel discussion titled "The Practical Impact of the Decision Made by the Court of Justice of the European Union Invalidating the U.S.-European Privacy Shield (from the Perspective of non-U.S.-European Jurisdictions)” to be held at the webinar “Schrems II: The impact on data recipients outside the US” by Privacy Rules on Tuesday, August 6, 2020. You can register for participation by the website below.

  • 2020.07

    Akira Matsuda presented and delivered a lecture at the webinar "E-Conference on Data Breach Management" hosted by Zhong Lun Law Firm and powered by Privacy Rules.

News Related to International Practices

  • 2021.04

    Landry Guesdon's interview appeared in an article titled "Big In Japan: How To Make It In The World's Third Largest Market" on Forbes dated April 15, 2021.

  • 2020.10

    Iwata Godo has joined TerraLex, a worldwide network of quality law firms.

  • 2020.08

    Uenishi Takuya's commentary co-authored with Mr. Thomas G. Allen of Greenberg Traurig, LLP titled "Amendments to Japan's Foreign Lawyers Act Clarify and Broaden the Scope of Party Representation by Foreign Counsel in International Arbitration" which appears on the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

  • 2020.06

    Matsuda Akira's comment is introduced in Global Data Review.

    Matsuda Akira's comment regarding 2020 Amendment of the Personal Information Protection Act appeared in the article titled "Japan's privacy amendments finalised" (dated June 17, 2020) at Global Data Review.

  • 2020.03

    Matsuda Akira's comment is introduced in Global Data Review.

    Matsuda Akira's comment regarding 2020 Amendment of the Personal Information Protection Act appeared in the article titled "Japan tightens data protection rules" (dated March 16, 2020) at Global Data Review.

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