Joe Jones’s practice focuses on cross-border corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, financing arrangements and technology transactions. He has experience with acquisitions, investments and project bids in over 40 countries. He also provides advice on antitrust/competition issues and complex regulatory matters.

Joe attended high school in Osaka, Japan, and practiced in Tokyo for 10 years before relocating to Washington. In addition to working as outside counsel for Japanese clients, he has over six years of in-house experience advising a major Japanese bank and a major Japanese trading company on their international investments. Joe also frequently works in coordination with local counsel to advise multinational corporations on their Japanese corporate, intellectual property and labor issues, utilizing his personal familiarity with the market from a foreign perspective.

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  • Advising Japanese, American and Chinese acquirers on public and private M&A transactions in a variety of industries, including software, cloud computing, telecommunications, packaged foods, building materials, Internet of Things technology, retail, gaming centers and apparel manufacturing.
  • Advising a blockchain token exchange operator on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, including terms and conditions for initial coin offerings.
  • Advising a major Japanese trading company on bids for power, water, waste and other infrastructure projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
  • Negotiation of procurement and support contracts for Japanese defense programs, including the second-generation “Japanese Air Force One” aircraft and flight simulator.
  • Advising a manufacturing consortium on legal issues relating to the supply of cockpit image recording equipment to a major airframe manufacturer.
  • Advising several Japanese investors on corporate and securities law issues related to strategic investments in US-based start-up companies.
  • Advising a Japanese software developer on corporate, commercial, labor/employment and other legal aspects of the restructuring of its US operations.
  • Advising a Japanese institutional investor on joint ventures in the US for residential and commercial real estate development and mineral exploration.
  • Advising a Japanese e-commerce company on its defense strategy against claims of selling counterfeit goods online.
  • Restructuring of various investments in an American residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) originator in the wake of the subprime crisis, including the acquisition, sale and interim financing of a mortgage loan servicing company and the winding-up of RMBS warehousing and investment structures.
  • Procurement of communications satellites and related launch and management services for a Japanese buyer.


  • Temple University, J.D., 2007
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2004


  • District of Columbia, 2016
  • New York, 2008

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Japanese-English Toastmasters Club of Arlington


  • English
  • Japanese
  • Qualified (in Japanese) as Registered Representative, Series 1, Japan Securities Dealers Association
  • Judge, Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition, Sophia University, Tokyo, November 2016

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  • Co-author, LNG Contracts in the Asia-Pacific Region: Disputes on The Horizon? Oil, Gas & Energy Law 4, 2017.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Introduction to US Litigation for Japanese Companies (Beikoku ni okeru sosho – Nippon kigyo no ki o tsukenakereba ikenai ten),” Kroll Ontrack, Tokyo, September 2016.
  • “People Across Borders,” Temple University Beasley School of Law CLE Program, Tokyo, June 2016.
  • Adjunct Professor, International Contract Drafting, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Tokyo, Spring 2015 and Spring 2016.
  • “Contract Drafting Primer: Practical Tips from the Trenches,” Temple University Beasley School of Law CLE Program, Tokyo, March 2015.
  • Corporate in-house seminar on US M&A practices, Osaka, 2015.
  • Corporate in-house seminar on US bankruptcy law, Tokyo, 2015.
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