For approximately 20 years, ever since its establishment in 2003, Kuribayashi Sogo has been providing highly specialized legal services to Japanese and foreign companies.
Our mission is to support the development of businesses, both Japanese and foreign, in all legal aspects, by providing top-quality legal services, underpinned by our high work ethics as legal professionals. Kuribayashi Sogo Law Office provides legal services to a large number of clients, both domestic and foreign, in a wide range of practice areas, including litigation, international transactions, M&A, finance, insolvency, and general corporate legal affairs.
As Japanese companies become increasingly international, our clients find themselves in business environments that are undergoing dramatic changes. The Firm’s top priority is to see things from our clients’ perspective and gain their confidence. Our attorneys and staff members constantly strive to cultivate their individual skills and to provide exceptional services, both comprehensively and in specialized fields.
With the goal of protecting fundamental human rights and achieving social justice, which is the mission shared by all attorneys, and with the shared mission of contributing to society and the nation through support of corporate economic activities and resolution of disputes among individuals, we combine the specialized skills of our individual attorneys and staff members into an integral whole, and the Firm engages in its practice as one.
We always bear in mind that the disputes that occur in society are deeply rooted in the existence and dignity of individuals and that the application and enforcement of legal norms can bear heavily on the lives of individuals and the existence of society, and we strive to ensure that the application and enforcement of all laws are supported by awareness of norms and the professional ethics of the legal profession.
Firm attorneys through their daily practice endeavor to train and study, using the extensive knowledge and experience that they have gained from their work to contribute to maintaining and enhancing industrial development and the international competitiveness of companies and to contribute to the creation of new values and the development of industrial foundations based on high ethical standards.
In light of the important roles that legal professionals play in today’s society, we proactively recruit talented young attorneys and train them as professionals to produce abundant human resources who can make real contributions to society. Young attorneys are given the opportunity to study at overseas law schools or undergo practical training at overseas law firms and gain new knowledge, experience, and expertise through internal training and courses conducted by bar associations and other outside organizations. We strive to deepen our interaction with the great variety of people we come to know through our work and to develop strong interpersonal relationships as members of society.
Utilizing the knowledge and experience gained from past cases, we engage in our work with flexible and creative thinking. We work tirelessly to employ the best practices in all matters, and we eagerly undertake the challenges of new fields. We have built cooperative relationships with outside experts in many fields in Japan and overseas.
By remaining aware that the mission of an attorney is to ensure the rule of law, thereby protecting human rights and achieving social justice, we carry out our work at all times with a high work ethic and a spirit of self-discipline. To contribute to the development of social infrastructure, the Firm periodically holds international legal seminars and disseminates information through publications, lectures, and other public relations activities. In addition to pro bono work such as criminal defense and free legal consultations, we participate in all aspects of the formulation and enforcement of laws and regulations and work within the context of our relationship with society.
Law Firm Information
|Firm Name||Kuribayashi Sogo Law Office|
|General Partner||Tsutomu Kuribayashi|
|Address||501 BUREX Koujimachi Bldg. 3-5-2 Koujimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 102-0083|
|Office Hours||9:00～18:00 (Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays)|
|Areas of Practice||・International Transactions
・Cross-Border Dispute Resolution
・General Corporate Law
・Bankruptcy and Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings
Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / 2 min walk from Kojimachi Sta.Exit 1
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / 3 min walk from Hanzomon Sta.Exit 2
Our firm belongs to Eurolegal, a network of small and medium-sized law firms in Europe that share information, introduce projects, handle cases jointly, and socialize. One law firm is recognized as a member of each European country and includes most European countries, including the UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Poland. From outside Europe, only three law firms, from Japan, Hong Kong and the United States, are recognized as members and can attend meetings. We have been awarded membership as one of the three law firms outside of Europe. In Europe, the EU now allows people and goods and services to move freely, so most cases cannot be resolved in one country alone, and legislation in multiple countries may need to be considered. Large-scale corporations have offices in each country and can share information with each other, but small and medium-sized companies often do not have sufficient systems to resolve more complex cross border cases. Therefore, organizations such as Eurolegal are extremely valuable as organizations that can compensate for this. We frequently take advantage of EuroLegal’s member firms and quickly respond to legal issues in Europe for Japanese clients.
International Bar Association (IBA)
The International Bar Association (IBA) is a voluntary association of lawyers, judges, and other legal stakeholders founded in 1947. Over 40,000 lawyers and over 200 bar associations from around the world participate. The Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the Tokyo Bar Association, etc. are also members of the group, and due to the strength of the IBA, judges from the Japanese Supreme Court participate every year. The firm has been participating in the IBA since its establishment, and has attended meetings in Boston, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong, etc., at the annual general meeting held each fall. The IBA is attended by many US and European lawyers, but the importance of the Asian region has been recognized, and in 2014, the IBA General Assembly was held in Tokyo for the first time in the Asian region east of India. The Tokyo Bar Association is now hosting foreign customers. At the General Assembly, presentations are made by various committees, and it is a place to discuss issues facing lawyers around the world, especially in the Management Committee, where discussions on the operation of law firms were held. Topics that are extremely relevant for attorneys are covered. For example, topics such as establishing a foreign branch of a European office, acquiring another law firm, diving up a firm, and buying corporate real estate. In addition, the Arbitration Committee exchanges the latest information on arbitration procedures for intellectual property disputes, etc. There are also a number of other committees within the IBA that are of interest to Japanese lawyers, such as the Committee on Human Rights, the Committee on Business in East Asia, and the Committee on Bankruptcy Procedures. We look forward to continuing to participate with the members of the Tokyo Bar Association’s International Committee.