Leading institutions rely on our Japanese Practice Group, Bingham McCutchen Murase, to handle complex cross-border transactions and legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, project finance, financial transactions, joint ventures, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory, and governmental relations. With more than 50 years of experience, the group provides strategic legal, business and governmental advice crucial for success in business operations.
Bingham lawyers, based out of our U.S., London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Frankfurt offices, advise and represent major U.S. and European companies in Japan and Asia as well as nearly 500 Japanese-affiliated companies — including more than 35 of the FORTUNE Global 500 corporations. Within Japan, the group has worked on major mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and corporate and regulatory matters. We have had a significant role in Japanese insolvency and corporate restructuring, advising on strategic and policy issues for Japanese governmental agencies.
With the inception of Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa — Foreign Law Joint Enterprise, a combination of Bingham McCutchen LLP and the Japanese law firms of Sakai & Mimura and New Tokyo International Law Office, our fully integrated Tokyo office houses more than 70 lawyers (most of whom are Japanese bengoshi), making us one of the largest foreign law firms in Japan.
Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
We offer an integrated team with substantial legal and practical experience representing non-U.S. participants in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. From planning to execution, we anticipate client needs and respond creatively, defining the key issues and developing practical solutions to the most challenging matters.
Bingham handles international financial transactions around the world. Our teams work seamlessly across offices in the U.S., U.K. and Tokyo to represent lead lenders and leasing companies in a broad range of transactions. We represent U.S. and non-U.S. banks lending to companies with operations outside the U.S., and institutional investors in their purchase of securities from non-U.S. issuers in U.S. private markets. Transactions typically involve analysis of complex corporate and ownership structures, application of foreign accounting principles, negotiation and coordination of currency and interest-rate swaps, analysis of foreign law, and enforceability of security devices and credit supports. Experience includes both front-end cross-border financings and workouts and restructurings. We also have substantial experience in international trade finance.
In today’s global business world, there are literally hundreds of complexities companies must navigate both within the U.S. and abroad. We guide foreign companies doing business in the U.S. and, in cooperation with our network of law firms worldwide, we ably assist companies operating internationally with their full range of litigation needs. From international antitrust and intellectual property concerns and foreign treaty rights to global employment policies or allegations of cross-border money laundering, Bingham lawyers provide outstanding economical and ethical service.
Labor and Employment
We provide strategic and tactical advice to multinational, regional and emerging businesses in every aspect of the employment relationship. We assist clients with international labor and employment issues, including worldwide reductions in force, employee terminations, discrimination, trade secret and unfair competition issues as well as help develop and review global employment policies and benefits. We advise domestic and foreign companies doing business in the U.S. on compliance issues concerning federal and state labor and employment laws.
One of the very top “go to” restructuring practices in the world, our Financial Restructuring Group has earned global recognition. Our team includes more than 100 lawyers in the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Tokyo who have been engaged in restructuring and insolvency transactions in more than 90 countries worldwide. Our lawyers are regularly appointed to serve as mediators, examiners, foreign representatives and special international counsel in some of the world’s most complex and high-profile restructurings.
Bingham has a long-standing association with Latin and South American countries, which is derived from our work with large international corporations and local companies. Our team includes lawyers familiar with the law, culture and institutions of the region. They are fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and some are Latin American nationals admitted to practice in the area. With vast transactional, government affairs and regulatory experience in Latin and South America (for example: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela), our lawyers are able to advise on mergers and acquisitions; project finance; energy and mining deals; major financings and restructurings; telecommunications, media and technology; government affairs; real estate; litigation; and tax.