Features of Our Practices
Iwata Godo, which grew focusing on corporate legal services, has long been offering client corporations with such services as provision of advice on wide range of legal issues that arise from day-to-day business activities and representation of the client (as a plaintiff or as a defendant depending on the case) in litigation procedures. Over the course of our practices, we have represented our clients in large-scale litigations that attracted considerable public attention and submitted many legal opinions on legal issues of extreme importance that had significant relevance and effect not only to the client corporations but also to the entire business world. Through such practices, we have made major contributions and achievements in areas that are essential to the existence and core activities of business corporations.
In the meanwhile, 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 action type lawsuits and local residents’ campaign type lawsuits. Also in other fields of corporate legal practice, legal issues became more diversified, complex and complicated in many areas including corporate restructuring, corporate governance, finance, bankruptcy management and competition law. Iwata Godo has been responding to such trend of the times and continues to provide the client corporations with the best possible solutions.
Specifically, in the midst of rapid changes in corporate environment and financial system, attorneys of Iwata Godo have always stayed at the forefront offering state-of-the-art legal services. Such services include, among others, (i) disposition of a bankrupt financial institution and provision of advice on corporate restructuring and on schemes for disposal of non-performing loans in the aftermath of the collapse of the bubble economy, (ii) provision of advice and documentation services concerning (a) establishment of a financial holding company, (b) asset liquidation and securitization, (c) structured finance, (d) PFI and (e) derivative transaction structures in the period of so-called Financial Big Bang, (iii) provision of measures to respond to the enactments and/or amendments of such major legislation as the Companies Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and provision of advice and representation of clients in filing for licenses, permissions and/or notifications to be required in connection therewith and (iv) provision of advice and documentation services regarding introduction of defence measures against hostile takeover bids and “going-private” in the wake of the Lehman Shock. In recent days, we were also involved in such cutting-edge cases concerning (i) responsive measures to meet the requirements of the series of amendments aimed at enhancement of corporate governance and the amendment of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Regulations, (ii) provision of advice and representation in the filing of an application for surcharge reduction in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act and (iii) measures in response to a corporate scandal incident including assistance in the investigation by 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.
What constitutes one of the major features of our firm is this comprehensive capability in provision of advice regarding whole range of legal issues related to business activities of client companies, which is based on our experiences.
In addition to our proven track record in domestic corporate legal services described above, we are accumulating wealth of experience in international practice involving international transactions and overseas business expansion in order to meet the needs of our client corporations 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 City).
The followings are examples of legal services offered by Iwata Godo.
- Dispute Resolution and
- Economic Law and
the Competition Law
- Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law
- Bankruptcy Law and
Corporate Reorganization/ Rehabilitation
- Labour Law
- Environmental Law and
Large-Scale Environmental Litigation