Kensaku Takase focuses on cross-border IP issues.
By Tom Brennan, January 1, 2013 :: Japan
An oversupply of so-called bengoshi has led to greater hiring by corporate legal departments.
Until last year, Steve Lewis was the Tokyo managing partner for the former Herbert Smith.
The Morrison & Foerster partners are advising SoftBank Corp. in its proposed takeover of Sprint Nextel, the largest U.S. acquisition by a Japanese company ever.
Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp.'s proposed acquisition of a 70 percent stake in U.S. mobile carrier Sprint-Nextel would be the largest cross-border acquisition ever by a Japanese company.
Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co. is acquiring San Francisco-based Jackson Square Aviation LCC from Los Angeles investment fund Oaktree Capital Management.
Morrison & Foerster and White & Case have both brought aboard lawyers in Tokyo focused on finance.
The Japanese Internet and telecom group is acquiring one of its major rivals among domestic mobile carriers.
Private equity giant Cerberus is looking to sell its majority stake in Japan's Aozora Bank, which it acquired in 2003.
A significant amount of yen is flowing into Southeast Asia as Japanese companies seek growth outside the country. The lawyers aren't far behind.