Awards and Recognitions

“The boutique is ‘genuinely excellent’ at cross-border M&A.”
(The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific – 2018)

“Clients praise cross-border M&A boutique firm southgate for the ‘strength and quality of its precise advice based on the outstanding experience of its dedicated lawyers’ and its ‘prompt correspondence across various sectors supported by the firm’s wide network’.”
(The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific – 2019)

“southgate is ‘extremely practical and very good at helping foreign acquirers navigate Japan’s complex legal environment from a practical standpoint’ and provides ‘highly skilled and fast responses’.”
(Chambers Asia-Pacific – 2019)

“southgate provides ‘outstanding service . . . excellent bilingual capabilities [and] fantastic value for money’.”
(Chambers Asia-Pacific – 2020)

Chambers Asia-Pacific

The 2020 Chambers Asia-Pacific guide ranked southgate as one of the top firms in its Corporate/M&A: Domestic category, and both Mangyo Kinoshita and Eric Marcks were recommended lawyers in the M&A category.

Asian Legal Business –
“Boutique Firm of the Year”

southgate received the Boutique Law Firm of the Year Award at the 2019 Asian Legal Business Japan Legal Awards ceremony. The award recognizes southgate’s excellence in cross-border transactional matters.

Legal 500

The 2020 Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranked southgate as one of the top firms in its Corporate and M&A: Independent Local Firms category, and both Mangyo Kinoshita and Eric Marcks were recognized as Leading Individuals.

Chambers Global

The 2020 Chambers Global guide ranked southgate as one of the top firms in its Corporate/M&A: Domestic category, and both Mangyo Kinoshita and Eric Marcks were recommended lawyers in the M&A category.

Asian Legal Business

ALB recognized southgate as one of the top firms in Japan for M&A in its most recent 2020 rankings.

Asian Legal Business –
“Firms to Watch”

ALB featured southgate in its 2017 “Firms to Watch,” one of only 15 law firms in Asia to be so honored (and the only Japanese firm to receive this honor since ALB launched this ranking in 2015).

Mangyo Kinoshita

Mangyo is one of only 15 lawyers to be recognized as a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 in its domestic M&A category (2020), he is ranked in Band 3 in the domestic M&A category by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016-2020), and he is ranked by the Best Lawyers guide (2021) in M&A and International Business Transactions.

Corporate LiveWire

southgate was honored as the Cross-Border M&A Boutique law firm of the Year for Japan by the UK-based Corporate LiveWire as part of its Global Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Eric Marcks

Eric is one of only 15 lawyers to be recognized as a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 in its domestic M&A category (2020), he is the only international lawyer at a Japanese firm to be ranked in the international M&A category by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2018-2020), and he is ranked by the Best Lawyers guide (2021) in M&A.