The Japanese office of the Firm, which has been present in Tokyo since 1999, is assisted and complemented by a dedicated Japan Desk in our Milan office. Through these two structures the firm provides comprehensive legal assistance to Japanese clients doing business in Italy and, vice-versa, to Italian, European, and non-EU clients with business in Japan.
The team has a working knowledge of Japanese and has an in-depth, specialized experience of legal and business relationships between Italy and Japan. It advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on cross-border investments (joint ventures, M&A, company start-ups, opening branches, etc.), and on all types of contracts.
Adriano Villa is the country partner for Japan and head of both the Japan Desk in Milano and the Tokyo Office (which he visits frequently). He has lived and worked as a lawyer in Japan for several years, and is – to date– the only Italian lawyer to have ever been admitted to the legal profession in the country as a foreign attorney (“Gaikokuho-jimubengoshi”).
Since setting up our office in 1999, we are the only Italian law firm with a presence in Japan.
We are principally involved in assisting Japanese clients with interests in Italy and Italian clients with interests in Japan in their start-up operations (incorporating subsidiaries, registering branches, opening representative offices, investing in joint ventures), M&A and, in general, in all kinds of business transactions between the two countries.
The office is staffed by trilingual legal and paralegal staff with valuable in-depth knowledge of the business dynamics between Italy and Japan.
The country partner for Japan, Mr. Adriano Villa, who is responsible for the Tokyo office, which he visits frequently, started his experience in Japan in 1986 and has been as of today, the only Italian lawyer ever admitted to practice there as a foreign-law attorney (“Gaikokuho-jimubengoshi”).