Withers LLP

Tokyo Office

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Chairman: Justine Markovitz
Chief Executive Officer: Margaret Robertson
Managing Partner (Japan office): Eric Roose
Number of partners (firmwide): 170+
Number of lawyers (firmwide): 450+
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Firm Overview:
Withers is one of the world’s first international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers. With over 170 partners and more than 1,200 employees in 17 offices across Europe, US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean, Withers has unparalleled expertise in helping businesses, investment funds and individuals across all major financial centres around the world.

Established in 2015, the Tokyo office has a team of leading lawyers with more than 20 years of experience working in Asia, equipped with the experience to advise Japan’s most prominent companies and international corporations on inbound and outbound cross-jurisdictional transactions. Working collaboratively with colleagues across Withers’ global office network, the team in the Tokyo office specialises in international and Japanese tax, real estate, investment funds and corporate. The team has particular expertise in structuring foreign investment funds investing in Japan real estate, serving as the lead adviser to major fund groups.

Main Areas of Practice:
Withers has a full-diversified tax practice in Tokyo and provides domestic and international businesses, both publicly or privately owned, tax-efficient strategies and advice in many areas including presale / IPO tax planning; mergers and acquisition tax advice; cross-border transactions; partnership, corporation and other entity planning; tax compliance and intellectual property licensing/sponsorship agreements. In a fast-moving and increasingly compliancefocused world, the need for integrated advice that reaches across borders has never been greater. Working closely with the firm’s international tax lawyers, Withers Japan Zeirishi Jimusho can provide clients with a deep level of local expertise while bringing a global perspective.
Contact Name: Eric Roose
Tel: +81 3 3500 3572
Email: [email protected]

Investment Funds:
The investment funds team is one of the few practices amongst premier international law firms in Tokyo to focus on providing domestic and international investment managers and financial institutions with legal advice on complex Japan financial law and regulatory issues in relation to their business activities in Japan. As a full-service firm, Withers can provide fund sponsors and investors advice on all funds and multi-jurisdictional related matters, including investment management arrangements; fund structuring and formation; private equity funds; private placement and fund collective vehicle documentation; and regulatory and securities law advice.
Contact Name: Koji Yamamoto
Tel: +81 3 3500 3754
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
The real estate team in Tokyo has consistently been regarded as a leading real estate law practice and can advise clients, whether they are Japanese investors connection with international transactions or global clients who have investments in Japan. The team advises on all phases of real estate investment, financing, development and operation, from formation to general real estate, tax, regulatory, contractual compliance advice through to exit strategies. The team works with investment fund sponsors and investors, financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund managers to expand their investment funds portfolio to include real estate as an investment focus by creating the most appropriate structure that suits their needs.
Contact Name: Gerald Fujii | Naoki Ueyama | Toshihiko Tsuchiya
Tel: +81 3 3500 3776 | +81 3 3500 3777 | +81 3 3500 3762
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]