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Harneys’ Japan practice offers a full range of offshore transactional services, including investment funds, corporate and finance law. We are dedicated to providing accurate and pragmatic advice, highly responsive service and cost effective solutions to our clients.


We have the only native Japanese offshore lawyer who can assist clients in both Japanese and English. Our areas of expertise include the setting up of investment funds, trusts and foundations, the structuring of project financing transactions, joint ventures and listings in international capital markets. We are also able to assist clients by providing corporate, partnership and trust incorporation or formation services, as well as on-going registered office, registered agent and other administrative support.

Our Japanese funds team has particular expertise on in-bound and out-bound funds targeted specifically at Japanese and foreign investors. We advise a Japanese and international client base on the structuring, establishment, launch and maintenance of offshore funds, including mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds.
In conjunction with extensive knowledge of Japan’s legal framework and business culture, our Japan team offers the highest calibre Cayman and BVI legal expertise, making it uniquely positioned to advise the Japanese market.


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and shareholder arrangements
  • Re-organisations and disposals
  • Establishment of ownership structures
  • Management and administration of ownership structures
  • Hedge fund establishment and restructuring
  • Private equity, venture capital and real estate fund establishment and restructuring
  • Manager and administrator formation
  • Manager and administrator transfers of control
  • Advice on portfolio company acquisitions and disposals
  • Corporate restructuring Provision of trustee function for unit trusts



Harneys’ Asia team continues to expand each year with 36 lawyers currently practising in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Japan. Our clients always receive unmatched and distinctive legal counsel and services from Asia’s leading offshore...Read More

Asia Investment Funds

Harneys continues to grow as a leader in the Asian investment funds space, acting as both lead and offshore counsel on a range of fund establishments including hedge and private equity.Read More

Corporate and Commercial

Our experienced team of corporate and commercial lawyers combine unmatched technical skill with a practical, commercial approach. As a result, we are regularly instructed by the world’s leading law firms on behalf of household names in industry...Read More


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