North America

The close economic relationship between Japan and the United States does not require much explanation. Japanese companies have been carrying out various commercial transactions in the United States, including joint investments with U.S. companies, for a long time, and there is a massive and constant flow of people and communication between the two countries in connection with such business activities.

In the United States, which is known to be litigation-oriented, companies may be forced to bear a huge burden in terms of workload and cost once they are involved in a lawsuit. Therefore, it is important for companies to take preventive measures against legal risks in order to prevent any lawsuit. However, if a lawsuit is unavoidable, then its handling thereof in an appropriate and systematic manner is essential because any error in such handling may result in tremendous liability, especially in cases involving the jury system.

Furthermore, when Japanese companies have transactions with U.S. companies or invest in the Unites States, they should, as a matter of course, fully understand the relevant state and federal laws applied in the United States. It is also becoming more and more necessary for them to conduct corporate activities with sufficient knowledge of certain laws that may be applied to them extraterritorially in specific cases such as antitrust law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Many of our attorneys have studied and practiced in the United States, and we have handled multiple matters involving business activities in the United States or U.S. counterparties. Thus, we can provide advice and support to our clients taking into consideration the practices and working styles of U.S. attorneys and companies.

Furthermore, the number of Japanese companies expanding their businesses into Canada is increasing because of the favorable business conditions therein including inexpensive prices of land, labor and electricity, abundant water supply, easy business access to the United States fostered by the North American Free Trade Agreement, and other advantages including an excellent workforce and the availability of R&D infrastructure.

Our firm employs a system that enables us to appropriately and efficiently provide legal services to our clients relating to legal matters involving North America, through our collaboration with global and local law firms depending on the nature and scale of the businesses or transactions of the clients, and other relevant circumstances.

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PublicationsArchives

2021.04.01
Patent Enforcement Practices Before, During and After Patent Litigation Proceedings in Japan - A Comparative Analysis with Germany and the United States -
2021.03.31
Protection of Geographical Indications under the TPP and Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
2021.01.01
The Ways of Limiting Injunctive Relief in Patent Infringement Litigation and their Effects - Current Japanese Practices and Suggestions for their Future Improvements, based on the Recent Trends in Germany and the United States -
2020.07.29
Elpida Memory Corporate Reorganization Proceedings - International Bankruptcy Case of a Semiconductor Memory Manufacturer that Obtained a Decision of Recognition of a Reorganization Plan [in Japan]
2019.10.21
DOJ Dawn Raid Preparation and Response Checklist (Part 2) ~Contemplating Compliance Programs for Global Corporations based on Overseas Practice of Competition Laws~
2019.09.21
DOJ Dawn Raid Preparation and Response Checklist (Part 1) ~Contemplating Compliance Programs for Global Corporations based on Overseas Practice of Competition Laws~
2019.07.09
Various Aspects of the US Bankruptcy Law #5 -Venue for Chapter 11 filings
2019.03.01
Schmidt's Deodorant Company (Natural Deodorant Products), Report #6127, NAD/CARU Case Reports (10/27/2017) - A Case Study where Advertising Claims based on General Customers' Reviews were Found Inappropriate in the US -
2017.11.27
Lecture on Practices of the U.S. Antitrust Laws
2015.02.01
Reading of U.S. Supreme Court Cases: Commentary on Intellectual Property and Business Cases in the 21st Century
2014.05.01
Document Production Procedure and the Scope of Privilege in Investment Treaty Arbitration
2006.04.01
Guide to International Legal Practice (1) to (11)

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2021.07.21
【Online Seminar: Video Streaming】[Back by Popular Demand] Series of International Legal Practice Seminars (10 Seminars in Total)
2021.05.28
【Online Seminar】International Legal Practice Seminar (8): International Civil Litigation - Featuring Civil Litigation Procedures in the U.S
2021.01.28
【Online Seminar】International Legal Practice Seminar (1): Differences and Commonalities between International Legal Practice and Domestic Legal Practice
2020.02.27
【Osaka】FIRRMA will Comprehensively Take Effect in February 2020: Learn through Q&A regarding the Latest CFIUS Review Procedure
2020.02.21
【Tokyo】FIRRMA will Comprehensively Take Effect in February 2020: Learn through Q&A regarding the Latest CFIUS Review Procedure
2019.11.12
Latest Trends in Compliance in Japan, the U.S. and Europe
2019.06.14
Summary of Products Liability Systems in Foreign Countries and Practices Thereunder - Focusing on the Systems to Report and Recall Defective Consumer Goods in the United States, European Countries and China
2019.04.18
Most Suitable Measures to be Taken against Business Partners in Bankruptcy Proceedings in Japan and the U.S.A. in view of Case Studies
2019.02.28
【Tokyo】Seminar on the Recall System for Chinese, Japanese, American and European Products
2019.02.19
【Osaka】Seminar on the Recall System for Chinese, Japanese, American and European Products
2019.01.28
【Tokyo】The Cutting Edge of the CFIUS Review Process since the Enactment of FIRRMA
2018.12.21
Present and Future of "Technology" Transfer to China - With Reference to US Policy Concerning China and Technology -
2018.12.07
【Osaka】The Cutting Edge of the CFIUS Review Process since the Enactment of FIRRMA
2018.09.28
Current and Future Technology Transactions with China
2018.08.07
【Osaka】U.S. and European Investment Restrictions that May Affect Cross-Border M&As -- Focusing on the CFIUS
2018.07.20
【Tokyo】U.S. and European Investment Restrictions that May Affect Cross-Border M&As -- Focusing on the CFIUS
2018.07.19
Crisis Management and Compliance Measures -- Based on the Latest Practices of an American Law Firm
2018.03.15
Understanding the Fair Disclosure Rules and the Consequences Thereof for IR Practices in 90 Minutes -With a reference also to Cases of Penalties in the United States
2018.02.27
Recent Developments regarding the Doctrine of Equivalents in Japan, the United States and China
2017.10.20
Business in the United States - Comparison of Key Points in Employment Laws of Various States
2017.07.25
Exhaustion of Patent Rights in Japan, U.S. and China

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