FAQ

September 20, 2016

What is a Memorandum of Understanding?

A Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU as it is commonly called, is a document signed between two or more parties that is intended to memorialize their shared agreement to pursue a certain goal.  MOU vary in formality and can be very similar to formal contracts or simply a casual written summary of an oral agreement.
August 29, 2016

What is a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is an agreement signed between two or more parties to prevent the disclosure of confidential information.  It also can be called a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA) or secrecy agreement (SA).
August 8, 2016

What is the interest rate used by courts in Japan?

The Japanese the Commercial Code specifies a statutory interest rate of 6% annual to be applied between merchants when no interest rate is specified in the contract.  If two business partners agree to a loan in their contract, but neglect to specify an interest rate, the court will automatically set the rate at 6%.
July 19, 2016

What is a Choice of Language clause?

In international business deals the two parties may not share a common language.  In these circumstances, the final contract may be translated into multiple languages and there may be up to two or three different language versions of the same agreement.  Therefore, it is important to specify which language is the “official” version of the contract through a Choice of Language clause.