We have a deep understanding of the complex legal and business landscape in Asia and nuances within various countries and regions.
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Japan

We draw on a team of experienced attorneys who have extensive knowledge of business operations in various regions and who work extensively with governments on the continent, providing a wide range of legal services across a multitude of disciplines.

Your Gateway Counsel™
From settling complex business litigation and analyzing risk assessment to advising governments on international disputes and serving as a go-to IP firm, we are well positioned in gateway American cities to help Asian clients achieve their international goals.

 

Speaking Your Language
When necessary, we collaborate and refer work across a select network of premier foreign counsel, connecting companies with top experts throughout the continent. In particular, several of our attorneys have roots in China and are intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the local business practices and many of our intellectual property lawyers work with Japanese companies looking to unlock opportunities in the US market.

We provide clients with sophisticated strategies and command of cultural nuances that are essential for Japanese companies looking to unlock opportunities in the US market.
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Our Focus
Our team advises a number of Asian governments and provides counsel to companies in the aviation, fashion, green energy, manufacturing, real estate, technology, and transportation sectors.

International Compliance & Dispute Resolution

  • Anti-corruption counseling and compliance
  • Business disputes
  • Data transfer, use and storage
  • Employment disputes
  • Litigation and arbitration in a wide array of forums
  • Settlement of distribution termination claims
  • World Bank compliance monitorship
 

Regulatory & Government Affairs

  • Labeling and advertisement restrictions/compliance
  • National advertisement review boards
  • Analysis and risk assessments on product claims
  • Data security, collection and use
  • Marketing strategies and promotions

International Transactions

  • Acquisitions of assets
  • Commercial distribution and license agreements
  • Due diligence
  • Franchise advice
  • Real estate financing and investment
 

Intellectual Property

  • Patent portfolio management
  • Trademark enforcement
  • Licensing and assignment
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Counterfeit and Gray Market goods investigation and seizure

 

OURWORK
Our litigation team recently advised a major Chinese aviation company in a $7.5 billion partnership dispute.
OURWORK
We oversee worldwide IP enforcement for a Japanese multinational conglomerate that is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of autos, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.
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Our team has handled a number of closely watched trade cases brought in the US, including critical matters involving imported solar modules and wind towers from China.
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Our corporate lawyers conduct pre-closing merger and acquisition due diligence to pinpoint and resolve potential FCPA problems for companies operating in China and across Asia.
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Worked extensively on the patent portfolio for a Japanese multinational IT company, including mobile communications, data security, and software and hardware technologies.
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Our group helps international clients with privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection, particularly in regulated spaces such as health care and telecommunications and sophisticated industries including retail, gaming, and entertainment and media.

We counsel on international data transfers and keep clients abreast of international developments such as EU Data Protection laws and Safe Harbor frameworks. 

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Arent Fox’s immigration practice regularly deals with issues relating to obtaining authorization to live and work in the United States through immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
We provide advice and representation on questions related to United States immigration and nationality law and procedure, assist clients in implementing IRCA or I-9 compliance programs, conduct due diligence audits in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and provide foreign visa assistance.
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We understand the complexities that arise from cross-border disputes when foreign sovereigns or commercial entities, such as investors and traders, engage in global commerce.

Other team members have extensive experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution, including experience at the US State Department, the United Nations, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the International Criminal Court.

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We advise clients from across the globe on cross-border matters, including customs/import compliance, global trade policy, international trade litigation, and export controls and economic sanctions.

In addition to leveraging the skills of our attorneys in our US offices, the international trade group oversees a network of foreign correspondent counsel, upon which we routinely calls to assist clients in local matters in foreign countries.

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We advise domestic and foreign companies in all aspects of cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, finance, licensing, foreign investment, franchise, and distribution relationships.
that can affect cross-border transactions (whether it be CFIUS controls on foreign investment in sensitive industries, or compliance with US export or anti-corruption rules), and which is frequently required in order to complete proper due diligence.
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A large and complicated patent portfolio may be viewed as a nuisance and financial burden unless one fully understands and knows how to make use of it properly. Arent Fox attorneys can provide strategic guidance with both.
Our attorneys also assist non-US clients in obtaining US patents, while providing practical advice to advance their business goals. Our clients include individual inventors, start-ups, small private companies, and large international businesses. We understand technology in the automotive, computer, software, telecommunications, green energy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry sectors.
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Our trademark professionals serve hundreds of clients with international needs and are dedicated to protecting and exploiting our clients’ IP in global markets. We are currently responsible for more than 46,000 active trademark applications and registrations worldwide.
More specifically, we are responsible for more than 11,900 marks in North America, 7,500 marks in South America, 8,500 marks in Europe, and 14,000 marks in Asia. We are also responsible for more than 1,600 marks in Australia and more than 2,500 marks in Africa and the Middle East.
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Our group helps clients conduct international business while abiding by the FCPA, anti-money laundering laws, False Claims Act and other anti-fraud laws, and an ever-growing number of international anti-corruption laws and conventions.

We handle a wide range of complex and multijurisdictional matters, and also advise foreign companies whose activities have drawn the attention of US regulators and enforcement agencies. 

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In an increasingly globalized and Internet-based economy, designers and retailers face unique competitive challenges, making it especially important to retain counsel who know the industry.

We have represented fashion houses on all aspects of these proceedings and in working within the very complex rules relating to country of origin and valuation (including the so-called “first sale rule”).

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We boast one of the largest teams of hospitality attorneys in the country, with full-service expertise on international corporate, franchising, intellectual property, and employment issues. Our hospitality team advises many of the biggest names in the industry.

We have helped major international brands enter the US market and have guided US hospitality companies create lucrative joint ventures in sought-after international tourist destinations. 

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We protect and manage breakthrough life sciences products and services for companies around the globe. Arent Fox understands the competitive environments and the underlying technologies and confidentiality issues associated with life sciences products and research.

We help our clients manage the entire product life cycle, from scientific breakthrough, through product development and production, to global marketing and distribution.

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