The Herbert Smith Freehills Australia Japan Practice is a unique team of experienced bilingual and bicultural lawyers. We specialise in advising Japanese businesses on their investments and operations in Australia.
Our offices in Japan and Australia, supported by a global network of offices, means you will always be advised by the best and most experienced team.
- In Australia – We are the largest law firm and consistently ranked No.1 in M&A (both in number of deals advised and value of deals) and as the market leader in banking & finance, dispute resolution, employment, infrastructure, construction, real estate, restructuring & insolvency, intellectual property, information technology and competition law. We have been awarded Australian Deal Team of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by the Australasian Law Awards.
- In Japan – Our Tokyo office opened in 2000 and is one of the leading law firms in Japan. We are recognised as having one of the largest and most experienced teams of registered foreign lawyers in Tokyo. Our corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, projects and energy, construction and TMT practices in Japan are consistently ranked on top by legal directories.
Japan market leader
We have more experience advising Japanese businesses on Australian investments than any other law firm. Our clients benefit from our strategic advice and ability to identify potential deal issues early in an investment.
We understand Japan
Most of our team have worked at leading Japanese companies, giving us a distinctive insight into the internal processes of Japanese businesses. We have a deep understanding of Japan’s economy, and the commercial drivers and risk tolerance of Japanese businesses.
Advice to fit your specific needs
We advise Japanese clients from all sectors, from major trading houses to companies considering investing in Australia for the first time. We are also increasingly working with Australian businesses on Japan-related transactions.
Senko Group Holdings
Senko Group Holdings on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the AirRoad Group
UCC Holdings on its acquisition of Suntory Coffee Australia
TAL Dai-Ichi Life Australia
TAL Dai-Ichi Life Australia on its A$900m acquisition of the Westpac Life Insurance business
Nikko Asset Management
Nikko Asset Management on its merger with Yarra Capital Management
Mitsui’s acquisition with Nomura Holdings of a majority shareholding in New Forests
Osaka Gas on its acquisition of a minority interest in Australian Integrated Carbon Pty Ltd
Nippon Paper on its A$1.7 billion acquisition of the fibre packing business of ASX-listed Orora
Asahi Kasei Homes Australia
Asahi Kasei Homes Australia on their acquisition, together with McDonald Jones Homes, of the Supaloc steel framing business
Fujitsu General on its acquisition of Precise Air Group AVAC
MM Capital Partners
MM Capital Partners (owned 90% by Marubeni Corporation, 5% by Mizuho Bank and 5% Asset Management One) on its acquisition of seed assets including: - 49.9% of the shares in Energy Infrastructure Investments; - 20% interest in the Sydney Metro Northwest Rail Project; and - 30% interest in the Gold Coast Light Rail Project.
Toll Group on its A$8 billion scheme of arrangement with Japan Post
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Commonwealth Bank of Australia on its A$4.13 billion sale of Colonial First State Global Asset Management to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
Kokusai Pulp & Paper
Kokusai Pulp & Paper on its A$90 million scheme of arrangement with ASX-listed Spicers
Mitsui on its A$602 million takeover of ASX-listed AWE Limited
Sumitomo Corporation on its US$30 million farm-in and joint venture agreement with TSX-listed Novo Resources to develop the Egina gold mining project in Western Australia
ITOCHU on its A$250 million sale of a 5% indirect interest in the Worsley Alumina Project to Press Metal Aluminium Holdings
Toyota Tsusho on its A$292 million acquisition of a 15% shareholding in ASX-listed Orocobre
Challenger on its A$401 million share placement to MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings
Japan Coal Development
Japan Coal Development on its acquisition of a 5% interest in the Mt Pleasant Coal Project
JBIC and project financiers on INPEX’s A$33 billion Ichthys LNG project
Marubeni and Osaka Gas
Marubeni and Osaka Gas on their joint acquisition of an 80% interest and project financing of APA Group power and midstream gas assets
Our experienced and integrated cross-border practice delivers high quality cost-efficient advice. Our partners and senior lawyers have extensive experience advising Japanese businesses, and are supported by an energetic group of talented young lawyers.
Herbert Smith Freehills advises Sumitomo Corporation on US$30m farm-in and joint venture agreement with Novo Resources
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised leading Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo) on its US$30 million farm-in and joint venture ...
Herbert Smith Freehills advises TAL on A$900m life insurance acquisition
Herbert Smith Freehills is advising TAL on the acquisition of 100% of Westpac’s Australian life insurance business for A$900m.The sale includes a ...
Herbert Smith Freehills advises Kokusai Pulp & Paper on A$90m takeover of ASX-listed Spicers
Herbert Smith Freehills is advising Japan’s Kokusai Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (KPP) on its proposed A$90m acquisition of ASX-listed Spicers Limited ...