Against a backdrop of domestic markets that are contracting due to the declining birthrate and aging population and the gap between domestic and foreign labor costs, companies are urgently seeking to develop emerging markets and carry out supply chain optimization and the like through foreign expansion and trade. Moreover, with prolonged low interest rates, investing abroad has become a promising option also for asset management by wealthy individuals.
However, when investing abroad and conducting transactions with foreign companies, not only are there differences in legal systems, but there are many aspects that differ from Japan with respect to tax and business practices, and there are not a few cases in which individuals and companies are tripped up by aspects of doing business abroad that are unimaginable from the point of view of Japanese business sensibilities.
Our firm’s international legal services team is led by our representative attorney, Takao Tanase, who has taught at leading U.S. law schools such as Harvard Law School and has considerable achievements in comparative legal research. Also, in addition to a partner who has a U.S. law degree and license along with abundant experience at an international law firm, our team includes attorneys who have engaged in corporate legal services such as mergers and acquisitions by publicly traded companies and also attorneys who are on temporary assignment to India and Myanmar. Moreover, Shigeki Morinobu, a former director-general of the Tokyo Customs-House and professor at Chuo University’s Graduate School of Law, serves as our advisor on international taxation theory and practice, providing us a wealth of experience in that field.
For any company or individual requiring support for international legal issues, our firm is ready to serve you.