Leveraging more than 30 years of experience handling U.S. legal matters for major Japanese corporations, Foley established its Tokyo office to further expand our ability to provide representation in intellectual property and corporate legal matters. Our Tokyo office now serves a dual purpose: It is a liaison for the firm’s growing list of Japanese clients and also allows our U.S. clients to more actively conduct business in Japan.

Our Tokyo office capitalizes on the firm's recognized areas of strength, increasing our ability to assist and represent our Asian, U.S., and global clients in complex international business transactions involving IP and technology issues, corporate legal matters (including M&A), litigation, and regulatory work.

Conducting business in the global marketplace requires comprehension of a broad range of issues, including unique cultural and political issues. To help ensure your success, Foley has assembled a team of professionals who have lived or worked in Asia and are thoroughly familiar with the cultural traditions, etiquette, and business protocols of countries along the Pacific Rim. Our Tokyo office personnel includes Japanese bengoshi attorneys also licensed in the United States, who are bilingual in Japanese and English, enabling them to closely coordinate with our U.S. and worldwide offices.

Representative Matters

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Represented a global developer in the structuring and negotiating of a joint venture to co-develop, own and operate 28 solar and wind projects with estimated nameplate capacity in excess of 1,000 MWs in Japan under the Japanese FIT program, which included the structuring of a G.K. (godo kaisha) joint venture entity.
U.S. Department of Justice criminal antitrust investigation (alleged price fixing and customer allocation of parts suppliers) of a $25 billion global auto manufacturer. Representation includes responding to DOJ subpoena and conducting international internal investigation with Foley team located in Japan.
Represented a Tier 1 automotive supplier when General Motors (GM) recalled 1.3 million compact cars to replace a motor in the power steering system due to a loss of power assist. Our client supplied the column type electric power steering system used in the vehicles and contested whether the electric power steering system failed to meet GM's specifications, whether the recall was prudent and necessary, and other issues. Foley served as lead counsel for the supplier in defending GM's claims for all losses and damages proximately caused by the recall. The matter will be submitted to binding arbitration by agreement of the parties, to take place in Detroit.