05.40 – Japan Desk – KOR

Since the end of the 1970s, MANDEL-ASSOCIES has been one of the first law firms to represent Japanese companies for their investments in France.

Since that date, we continue to advise and assist Japanese companies wishing to set up a subsidiary, branch or liaison office in France, as well as the French subsidiaries of Japanese companies already incorporated in France, in the main areas of business law: corporate law, labor law, contract and distribution law, intellectual property and immigration law.

We have a long experience in the field of French-Japanese affairs, whether it is advising a Japanese company on the choice of the best form of company for its operations in France, assisting Japanese executives or employees to enable them to work and stay in France with their families, explaining to a Japanese employer the complexities and subtleties of French labor law, or protecting and defending the intellectual property assets of Japanese companies thanks to our assistance for its French and EU trademarks filings, the drafting of licensing agreements or the conduct of infringement actions before the courts.

In such connection, our firm may rely on its very valuable expertise as well as the instant assistance of the Correspondent Office it has in Alicante, Spain, seat of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Our partners travel regularly to Japan and are familiar with Japanese culture and mentality to a large extent.

Moreover, MANDEL-ASSOCIES assists its French clients wishing to develop their activities or to invest in Japan. In this context, we have signed a non exclusive correspondence agreement with the law firm AKASAKA INTERNATIONAL LAW PATENT & ACCOUNTING OFFICE which is composed of Japanese lawyers who are fluent in French.

We have also developed close ties for more than 30 years with other well-known Japanese law firms based in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe.