Withers advises clients on all aspects of Japanese and cross-border tax matters. We are specialists in structuring foreign investment funds investing into Japan real estate through a Singapore treaty platform, and have served as the leading tax advisor to major fund groups, such as Pacific Alliance Group, TIAA/Nuveen, CLSA Capital, and major institutional investors, such as ManuLife Insurance, and real estate developers, such as CapitaLand and Mapletree Investments, employing the structure, for over twenty years. The practice is led by international tax partner Eric Roose and a team of senior Japanese tax partners with substantial experience in Japanese tax matters advising both domestic and international clients. The senior partners in the group have worked together for over twenty years and have advised on some of the largest deals in Japan. Together, our Japan tax group partners have cumulative experience of over 100 years.

The practice provides tax advice to clients in multi-jurisdictional projects. This tax advice includes M&A, foreign investments and corporate tax disputes. The group has advised on over $45 billion in transactions involving Japan.

Withers also has extensive experience of the whole range of fund structures, from open-ended and closed-ended investment vehicles to limited partnerships and unit trusts, in all asset classes. They deal extensively with all the major offshore funds jurisdictions.


Representative Clients

  • Aberdeen Standard Life


  • Capitaland

  • CLSA

  • GIC

  • Kenedix

  • Mapletree

  • PAG

  • TH Real Estate


Contact us

Eric Roose
Partner, Leader of Asia Corporate Tax Practice

T: +81 3 6866 8694 / +65 6922 3726
M: +81 80 1019 1500 / +65 8799 4816