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Scott Jones


(T) +81.3.6800.1813
(F) +81.3.5401.2725


  • Columbia University (J.D. and M.B.A. 1987); University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. in Chemistry 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Daini Tokyo Bar Association) and New York

Scott Jones has 30 years of experience in the fields of M&A, corporate law, and arbitration and represents Japanese clients in their investments overseas and foreign clients in connection with their investments in Japan. He has significant experience in cross-border investments, corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, and licensing agreements. Scott also has significant arbitration experience, having represented clients in proceedings governed by the rules of the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association.

A former process engineer with Intel Corporation with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Scott has a strong technical background and is head of the Life Sciences group in the Tokyo Office. He represents pharmaceutical, chemical, and high-technology companies, both Japanese and foreign, in M&A projects, licensing agreements, and arbitration. Scott represented Daiichi Sankyo in its purchase of a majority equity interest in Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited for approximately US$4 billion and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Co. in its merger with Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co. in a transaction valued at approximately US$2 billion. He frequently represents Japanese pharmaceutical clients in negotiating licensing agreements and has represented Japanese pharmaceutical companies in arbitrations with non-Japanese pharmaceutical companies.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Ranked as a leading individual: foreign lawyers (gaiben) for corporate/M&A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2008-2018), where he is noted as an "excellent navigator for Japanese clients and has in-depth knowledge of the M&A field"

    Recognized practitioner in corporate/M&A: registered foreign lawyers — Japan by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015) and Chambers Global (2015)


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Scott Jones