Nature of practice and clients
Established in 1994 with five lawyers, Atsumi & Sakai now has approximately 100 lawyers and 70 support staff, paralegals and translators, ranking the firm among the top ten largest independent Japanese law firms. The firm has doubled in size in the last ten years and this phenomenal growth has led to the development of a comprehensive range of legal expertise, including in the areas of:
- Capital markets.
- Corporate law.
- Private equity.
- Real estate.
- Dispute resolution.
Atsumi & Sakai is a recognised leader in its core capabilities of finance and corporate law, particularly for innovative and award-winning work in structured finance and securitisation. The firm has an active private equity/M&A practice, advises on the creation and management of investment funds and handles a host of transactional, regulatory and day-to-day matters for its corporate, real estate, investment fund and financial sector clients, both Japanese and foreign.
In April 2005, Atsumi & Sakai became the first Japanese law firm to create a foreign law joint venture (gaikokuhou kyoudou jigyo). This allows the firm to admit experienced foreign lawyers as partners, so creating a unique combination of international expertise and capabilities and an extensive Japanese law practice. The firm not only advises on the laws of Japan, but can also advise on the laws of the US states of New York and California, the Federal Republic of Germany, the People's Republic of China, England & Wales, the State of Queensland (Australia), and United States and Australian federal law, and has a significant cross-border transactional practice.
In January 2015, the firm opened an office in London, Atsumi & Sakai Europe Limited (A&S Europe). With the opening of A&S Europe, the firm is able to provide real-time advice on Japanese law to its clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as providing a more convenient service to its clients in the Americas.
The firm also has an office in Berlin, and a satellite office in Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland, established in association with Janssen Foreign Law Office; these offices advise on German law.
Atsumi & SakaiFukoku Seimei Bldg. (Reception: 12F)2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho,Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011 JapanT +81(0) 3 5501-2111F +81(0) 3 5501-2211More offices
Atsumi & Sakai Europe Limited4th Floor, 50 Mark LaneLondon EC3R 7QRUnited KingdomContact: Ryuichi Nozaki (Director)T+44 (0)74 7895 4907 (UK mobile)
Atsumi Sakai Janssen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbHPotsdamer Platz 1010785 BerlinGermanyT+49 (0) 30 300 11 4657F+49 (0) 30 300 11 4520
ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich 41/4350-059 WrocławPolandT+48 (0)71 7950 656