Since its opening in 1997, Orrick lawyers in our Tokyo office have paved the way for the firm’s expansion both across Asia and elsewhere in the world while handling many of the most significant local and cross-border transactions conducted in Japan.
Today, we have a team of more than 20 lawyers in Tokyo representing local and global clients in a broad range of industries, including advertising, agricultural chemicals, automotive, banking and finance, biotechnology, consumer electronics, energy and utilities, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, telecommunications and transportation.
Examples of our recent matters include:
Advised Johnson Controls, a building efficiency business unit. in its acquisition of a 60% interest in Hitachi Appliances’ global HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) business and the creation of a global joint venture with Hitachi to develop manufacture and sell HVAC systems.
Advised Sharp Coportation, a Japan based multinational manufacturer of consumer electronics, and environmental, energy and business solutions, Sharp Corporation, in its transfer of all interest in a U.S. based solar project developer, Recurrent Energy LLC to a Canadian solar energy company, Canadian Sola Inc.
Advised Tapjoy, a San Francisco-based application technology company, in its international acquisition of 5Rocks, a mobile solution startup based in South Korea and Japan.
Advised U-Shin Ltd., one of Asia's largest producers of automotive access mechanisms, in its acquisition of Valeo’s Access Mechanisms Business. The acquisition involves 12 plants in 8 jurisdictions, including Asia, Europe and South America, and is valued at €203 million.
Representing a major Japanese pharmaceutical for over 20 years in the largest litigation in Japanese judicial history involving litigations related to HIV- contaminated blood products.
Represented a Japan subsidiary of a US-based private denim jeans company in a dispute brought by a former independent contractor for unlawful terminations of the services contract.
Represented GE Energy Financial in Japan’s largest solar power project. Orrick advised debt and equity financing for the 231 MW photovoltaic plants being built in Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture. The construction set to begin in November 2014.
Advised Green Power Investment, a Japanese renewable energy investment company, in the development of the largest wind energy project in Japan. The project, located in Tsugaru City, Aomori Prefecture in the Nothern part of the country, is scheduled to start in April 2015.
Representing Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds in the ¥41 billion ($492 million) disposition of a trust beneficiary interest in Tokyo’s landmark Yebisu Garden Place to an affiliate of Sapporo Holdings.
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