Japan Practice Group

Duane Morris has had strong ties with Japan for nearly 100 years. Roland Sletor Morris, a founding partner of Duane Morris LLP, served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan from 1917-1920.

Today, to assist Japanese clients face the challenge of increased global competition, Duane Morris LLP and Duane Morris & Selvam have formed a dedicated Japan Practice. Staffed by attorneys from our Asian offices in Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar, our Japan Practice provides an integrated and centralized source for multi-jurisdictional advice to Japanese companies expanding regionally or globally as well to foreign multinational companies seeking to enter the Japanese market.

The Japan Practice also has the full support of Duane Morris' international platform of more than 700 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, in Asia and in London. Additionally, our Asian offices each maintain dedicated country "desks" for India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand offering our Japanese clients regional insights and experience throughout Asia Pacific.

Comprehensive Corporate Legal Services

As international counsel, we offer a full range of commercial and corporate legal services, with a particular focus on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions and takeovers
  • International joint ventures
  • Finance
  • Banking and securities
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Commercial litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Real estate
  • Projects & infrastructure
  • Energy, environment and resources
  • Shipping finance, disputes and marine insurance
  • Information technology and telecommunications
  • Labor and employment
  • Antitrust and government investigations
  • Corporate secretarial services in Singapore
    • Pre-incorporation advice/choice of entity
    • Incorporation/registration
    • Post-incorporation matters/business services
    • Employment agency services
    • Accounting and payroll services

The Duane Morris Difference

Duane Morris offers a unique combination of local know-how in Southeast Asia and international law firm excellence.

We are among the few international law firms that maintains a dedicated and experienced team in Southeast Asia for serving Japanese clients and clients with interests in Japan. Our attorneys thoroughly understand the particulars of Japanese industry and the nuances of Japanese culture. With fluency in Japanese language and customs, we easily move between Western and Japanese ways of doing business, helping our clients avoid the subtle pitfalls and missteps that make cross-cultural ventures difficult. Our team members are also fluent in other Asian languages and cultures, allowing us to seamlessly represent our Japanese clients throughout Asia.

Beyond language and cultural fluency, Duane Morris attorneys are from diverse background qualified to practice in numerous jurisdictions, including Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, the United States, Latin America and Europe, offering Japanese clients access to the world's key markets.

Within Southeast Asia, Duane Morris has extensive experience working for key figures in industry and the government, allowing us to more easily navigate bureaucratic obstacles that other firms might face, as well as help our Japanese clients with important introductions that can further their business goals. We also have longstanding relationships with law firms throughout Japan and Asia, giving our clients the benefit of additional local counsel when needed.

With support from our Asian offices, as well as the full resources of Duane Morris LLP, the Duane Morris Japan Practice provides clients with the personal, collaborative services of a dedicated boutique firm, matched with the full-service practice depth and experience of one of the world's largest law firms.

Finally, we are one among the few international law firms that has the ability to practice Singapore law, not only in commercial areas of law, but also even in domestic ring-fenced areas of legal practices, such as litigation, conveyancing and succession law (wills, intestate succession and probate and administration).

For More Information

For more information, please contact Giles T. Cooper or any of the lawyers referenced in the Attorney Listing.

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