Awards and Recognitions

“[E]xcellent, top-quality advice with a quick turnaround . . . . They really care about their clients and go the extra mile.”
(Chambers Asia-Pacific – 2021)

“Very experienced, closely knit team, very hands-on. ”
(Legal 500 – 2022)

“[A]n excellent firm. . . . It combines the expertise and experience of a large international firm with the hands-on approach of a boutique.”
(Chambers Asia-Pacific – 2021)

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

“southgate is a first-rate law firm”
(The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific – 2019)

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

Chambers Asia-Pacific

The 2022 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 2022 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 2021 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 2021 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).