Motonori Araki primarily advises on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), commercial transactions, intellectual property licensing, and international dispute resolution. Moto has worked with clients across all industries with a focus on life sciences and technology, representing major US and Japanese companies in cross-border transactions and regulatory matters. His M&A work includes representing buyers and sellers on cross-border transactions and covers structuring, documenting, and negotiating transactions. Moto serves as the office managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office as well as the leader of the firm’s Tokyo corporate and business transactions practice.
Additionally, Moto represents major Japanese industrial, trading, and service companies in dealings in and with other Asian countries, Europe, and the United States. He also regularly represents Japanese corporations in US intellectual property litigation, labor litigation, antitrust litigation, and related dispute resolution, and he counsels these clients on litigation strategies, efficient discovery, effective pleadings, and settlement negotiations. As part of his dispute resolution practice, Moto successfully handled the first comprehensive anti-dumping case in Japan. He has experience in arbitration, including before the International Criminal Court (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS (formerly known as Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc.), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA).
Georgetown University Law Center, 1991, J.D.
Tulane Law School, 1988, LL.M.
Chuo University, 1986, LL.B.
Japan (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
Supreme Court of the United States
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020, 2021)
Recommended, Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures, Japan, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020, 2021)
Recognized, Corporate and M&A/Intellectual Property, The Best Lawyers in Japan (2013–2022)