Features of Our Practices
Iwata Godo, which grew focusing on corporate legal services, has long been providing client corporations advice on a wide range of legal issues that arise from day-to-day business activities and representation in litigation procedures. Over the course of our practice, we have represented our clients in large-scale litigation that attracted considerable public attention and submitted many legal opinions on issues of extreme importance that had significant impact not only for the client corporations but also the entire business world. We have made major contributions and achievements in areas that are essential to the existence and core activities of business corporations.
Both the business activities of client corporations and the legal environment surrounding them have become ever more complex. As a result, in the area of litigation, for example, there are many more complex cases today such as class actions and local residents’ campaign type lawsuits. Also in other fields of corporate legal practice, legal issues became more diversified and complex in many areas, including corporate restructuring, corporate governance, finance, bankruptcy and competition law. Iwata Godo has been responding to such trends and continues to provide clients with the best possible solutions.
Specifically, in the midst of rapid changes in the corporate environment and financial system, attorneys of Iwata Godo have always stayed at the forefront, offering state-of-the-art legal services. Such services have included, among others, (i) disposition of a bankrupt financial institution and advice on corporate restructuring and schemes for disposal of non-performing loans in the aftermath of the collapse of the bubble economy, (ii) advice and documentation concerning establishment of a financial holding company, asset liquidation and securitization, structured finance, PFI and derivative transaction structures in the Financial Big Bang, (iii) measures to respond to the enactment and amendment of such major legislation as the Companies Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, and advice and representation in filings for licenses, permits and notifications in connection therewith, and (iv) advice and documentation regarding defense measures against hostile takeover bids and “going-private” in the wake of the Lehman Shock. We have also recently been involved in cutting-edge matters such as (i) measures in response to amendments of laws and regulations on corporate governance and amendments of Tokyo Stock Exchange Regulations, (ii) advice and representation in seeking reduced financial penalties under the Antimonopoly Act and (iii) measures in response to a corporate scandal, including assistance to the internal investigation committee, as well as management of the third party committee and investigation and reporting of the results thereof to the third party committee.
One of the major features of our firm is this comprehensive capability in providing advice regarding the whole range of legal issues related to the business activities of our clients, which is based on our experience.
In addition to our proven track record in domestic corporate legal services described above, we are accumulating a wealth of experience in international practice involving international transactions and overseas business expansion, in order to meet the needs of our clients that are increasing their international business activities. For this purpose, Iwata Godo has been actively sending member attorneys to study abroad. It has also welcomed participation by an American consultant who, as an attorney admitted in New York, is highly experienced in U.S. corporate legal practice, and by attorneys practicing Chinese law and French law respectively, as well as cooperation with a leading Chinese corporate law firm (Jin Mao P.R.C. Lawyers in Shanghai).
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