Singapore and Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has been a major driver of global growth over the past 30 years and this region has seen substantial investment by Japanese companies, with Singapore being both a favored regional hub for multinationals and a rising center for international dispute resolution. Atsumi & Sakai has reflected these developments with a team experienced in advising on transactions in this region and handling arbitration in Singapore.


Our relevant expertise includes:

  • A partner with extensive experience in international arbitration (ICC and SIAC) and court proceedings in Singapore
  • Japanese lawyers with experience working in leading law firms in Singapore and Indonesia, and a foreign consultant previously with a global law firm in Indonesia
  • Expertise in setting up local entities and joint ventures in, as well as withdrawal from, the region
  • Abundant experience in providing advice on local law and business with reputable local firms in the region
  • Significant practical experience in transactions in the region

Sample Material Transactions

  • Representing multiple clients in SIAC and ICC arbitration and assisting Japanese clients with litigation in Singapore
  • Advising a US REIT on multi-billion dollar real estate funds formed with a Singapore government entity and subsequent transfers of projects into the funds
  • Advising a Singapore-based investment bank on an early-stage investment in Japan
  • Advising Singapore-based multinationals and government entities on data protection and data breach issues in Japan
  • Advising a Singapore-based venture investor on regulatory and other matters relating to establishing a business in Japan
  • Assisting financial institutions with personal data protection issues under Singapore law
  • Advising an EPC contractor on a project financing in connection with the installation of a submarine optical cable in the Philippines
  • Advising a Japanese incorporated administrative agency providing insurance for the project financing of the Mass Rapid Transit Line 7 (MRT7) urban railway in metropolitan Manila
  • Advising a Japanese consulting firm on a joint venture relating to three transportation projects in Yangon to construct urban railways and a bus transit system in the city, and to upgrade the existing expressway in the north-south corridor of Myanmar

Related Practices

Related Publications

  • “International Arbitration in Singapore: Practical Tips Based on Expedited Arbitration Case” JCA Journal April, May 2018 Issue (2018)
  • “Establishment and Practical Use of Singapore International Commercial Court” JCA Journal Vol.62 No.7 (2015)


Related Seminars


Related Professionals

Senior Partner

Miho Niunoya

Senior Partner

Junko Ogushi

Senior Partner

Kohei Murakawa


Mitsuru Misawa


Daniel C. Hounslow*

Of Counsel

Tatsuya Kakihara