Canada and Japan have long enjoyed close trade and economic ties. The two countries have maintained a dynamic relationship as neighbors across the Pacific for nearly 80 years.
The two countries share various common values, including promoting a rules-based multilateral system, facilitating commercialization of new technologies and supporting startups and medium-sized enterprises. Canada and Japan are partners in a number of multilateral trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as well as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Japan is also Canada’s largest source of bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI) from Asia.
Nishimura & Asahi has a proven track record of advising on both inbound investments by Canadian corporations and financial institutions, and outbound investments by Japanese corporations and financial institutions. We are the largest law firm in Japan, the largest international law firm headquartered in Japan, and one of the oldest law firms in Japan. We provide a full range of legal services in all areas of business law for cross-border commercial activities, including those in and involving Canada. We frequently act as international counsel on Japan- and Canada-related matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, other commercial transactions and major projects, civil litigation, regulatory investigations and international and trade disputes.
Our experienced team includes Canadian-qualified lawyers as well as lawyers with a wealth of experience in Canadian business and practice. We understand both Canadian and Japanese cultures, business practices and requirements. We regularly work in collaboration with Canadian law firms and we are the sole Japan member of the elite Lex Mundi international law firm network.
- Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co., Ltd. - Business Integration through Merger with Hitachi Capital Corporation
- Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development - Acquisition of Cad Railway Industries, Ltd.
- Hana Financial Investment - Acquisition of Yamaguchi Shin Mine from Canadian Solar Inc.
- 2011 - 2012
- Squeeze out of the minority shareholders of VeriSign Japan K.K., a Japanese listed subsidiary of Symantec Corp., through a cash tender offer