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Announcing The Best Lawyers in Japan™ 2024

We are proud to present the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers awards for Japan which include the top lawyers and law firms in the country.

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April 19, 2023 09:00 AM

The Best Lawyers in Japan Awards

For the 14th consecutive edition, The Best Lawyers in Japan™ is proudly honoring lawyers at all stages of their careers for their outstanding work and leadership in the legal field across Japan.

Through the Best Lawyers Purely Peer Review® methodology, which includes nominations, voting and vetted research of all honorees, Best Lawyers provides the most thorough and comprehensive awards of the top lawyers across the legal landscape in Japan.

The 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan™ for 2024 features 1,681 lawyers across two metropolitan areas. Tokyo is the metro with the most recognized lawyers.

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The Best Lawyers in Japan awards include 47 practices areas. Among them, the top 10 with the most recognized lawyers are Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Real Estate Law, Antitrust/Competition Law, Patent Law and International Business Transactions.

For those who searched legal counsel in Japan, they consulted the Best Lawyers website most frequently to find lawyers in Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Intellectual Property Law, Financial Institution Regulatory Law, FinTech Practice, Real Estate Law, Litigation, Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Arbitration and Mediation and International Business Transactions.

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan

With the expansion of Best Lawyers awards in 2020, recognitions for lawyers earlier in their practices, who have been in private practice less than 10 years, are among those awarded as the top lawyers in their fields. Using the same methodology as The Best Lawyers in Japan, the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan awards distinguish 315 lawyers from 52 law firms and two metropolitan areas.

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The awards for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan include 25 practice areas. The 10 practice areas with the most recognitions are Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Arbitration and Mediation, Intellectual Property (Non-Patent), Capital Markets Law, Litigation, Patent Practice, Labor and Employment Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Banking and Finance Law and Antitrust/Competition Law.

“Law Firm of the Year” Awards

“Law Firm of the Year” awards recognize a single top firm for its work in a specific legal practice area nationwide. Awards are determined based on a handful of factors, including lawyer feedback, the number of lawyers included in Best Lawyers for that firm and practice area, the number of office locations a firm has, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards, materials submitted by firms and the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

The 2024 “Law Firm of the Year” recipients in Japan are:

Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Intellectual Property Law

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Labor and Employment Law
Tax Law

Miura & Partners
Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Banking and Finance Law
Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Morrison & Foerster
Real Estate Law

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Private Equity, Private Funds and Venture Capital Law

Nishimura & Asahi
Litigation
Project Finance and Development Practice

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
Antitrust / Competition Law

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Capital Markets Law

Somei, Maeda & Nakagawa Law Offices
Media and Entertainment Law

Showcasing Your Award

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