Latham & Watkins LLP

Corporate/M&A: International Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Recognised for its global M&A skills, representing domestic and multinational corporations. Dual-qualified lawyers serve an impressive roster of well-known Japanese and foreign clients in sectors including technology, finance and consumer goods. Additionally known for its advice in relation to corporate restructurings, joint ventures, disposals and business alliances.

Strengths One client commends the team's ability to handle cross-border mandates, noting: "They had a deep understanding of the transaction and the markets involved. They provided excellent legal advice and worked on a very tight timeline. I would select Latham & Watkins again - no doubt."

"The firm is excellent on all fronts," agrees another impressed interviewee.

Work highlights Advised SB Investment Advisers on its USD1.46 billion investment into the Series H financing round of Grab Holdings.

Notable practitioners


Ivan Smallwood
has over 15 years of experience advising on Japanese M&A matters, with particular expertise in outbound deals. A pleased client describes him as "responsive, thorough and knowledgeable," adding: "He applies the right level of judgement and advice in answering our questions."


Michael Yoshii
is described by one source as a "talented guy, who generates a lot of work." He maintains a highly active practice on inbound and outbound matters for both international and Japanese clients, including sales, acquisitions and due diligence matters.


Noah Carr
enters the rankings after impressing sources with his high level of involvement in cross-border investments and joint venture transactions. A client commends "his intelligence, legal knowledge and ability to see problems before they arise."