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Date: 19th September 2019

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo Japan, 〒107-6245 Tokyo, Minato City, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7−1 Tokyo Midtown

Registration and Breakfast: 8:15am -8.45pm

Time: 8:45am-5:40pm followed by a networking reception


In association with:

Herbert Smith Freehills

Our Tokyo office opened in 2000, and is consistently recognised as one of the leading law firms in Japan. We advise Japan's largest and most high profile companies and international corporations on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, energy projects and dispute resolution. As our work focuses on multi-jurisdictional matters for Japanese and multinational corporations, we work in close collaboration with our international network, and can quickly assemble and manage cross-border expertise to meet clients needs. We have one of the largest and most experienced teams of registered foreign lawyers in Tokyo. Half of our lawyers based in Tokyo are fluent in Japanese, with particular expertise in energy, infrastructure and mining, construction and engineering, and technology, media and telecommunications.

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is a multi-award-winning, independent Tokyo law firm, and one of the ten largest independent full-service law firms in Japan. The firm was the first Japanese law firm to create a foreign law joint venture, which enables it to admit foreign partners and so offer its clients the quality of service that the modern international business community demands. Expanding from its highly regarded finance practice, the firm now acts for a wide range of international and domestic companies, banks, financial institutions and other businesses, offering a comprehensive range of legal expertise.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is the first integrated full-service law firm in Japan and one of the foremost providers of international and commercial legal services based in Tokyo. The firm’s overseas network includes offices in New York, Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Shanghai, associated local law firms in Jakarta and Beijing where our lawyers are on-site, and collaborative relationships with prominent local law firms.

In representing our leading domestic and international clients, we have successfully structured and negotiated many of the largest and most significant corporate, finance and real estate transactions related to Japan. In addition to our capabilities spanning key commercial areas, the firm is known for path-breaking domestic and cross-border risk management/corporate governance cases and large-scale corporate reorganizations. The over 450 lawyers of the firm work together in customized teams to provide clients with the expertise and experience specifically required for each client matter.

Allen & Overy

Since entering Japan in 1988, Allen & Overy have earned a reputation for providing innovative and high quality advice, steering complex transactions to a successful conclusion. Our office covers the full gamut of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. Our projects and banking practice is recognized as one of the leading practices in the country. We are active across all sectors and have particular experience in the oil & gas, power, infrastructure, petrochemicals, life sciences, food & beverage and real estate sectors.

Our team offers both international and Japanese law capability. We are often the first port of call for domestic and foreign companies on both in-bound transactions and out-bound strategic transactions involving Japanese entities. Through our long history in Tokyo, we are praised for our understanding of the cultural and other non-legal aspects of doing business in Japan. Coupled with our extensive network of offices around the world, this proves to be a powerful combination.

Greenberg Traurig

At Greenberg Traurig, we understand the legal and economic forces that affect our clients’ global business environment. Our Tokyo office comprises an award-winning team of attorneys, who provide multinational and Japanese clients with innovative, strategic advice and legal services in a market known as a gateway to international business opportunities. Our Tokyo attorneys offer custom strategies to clients based on their understanding of Japanese culture and business and bring a range of functional and industry experience by drawing on resources from our offices around the world.

Our Japanese-speaking attorneys provide legal services tailored to the Japanese market in a global context in a variety of practice areas including Video Game & e-Sports, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, & Internet of Things, The Cloud, Corporate & Securities, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Labor & Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Intellectual Property, Banking & Financial Services, Financial Regulatory & Compliance, and Finance.


As a truly global law firm with a strong presence throughout Europe and the Middle East, Dentons is ideally placed to advise Japanese corporations on transactions and investment projects in these parts of the world. We assist the business and legal departments of many leading Japanese manufacturers, trading houses and financial institutions, as well as medium- and small-sized Japanese companies, law firms and other professionals. If you are looking to invest or to extend your operations, our Japan Desk has the capabilities you need.

With a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers, tax advisors and consultants, our Japan Desk can help you leverage your global strengths, brands and technology to improve your position in the marketplace. You can call on a broad range of legal services and benefit from our deep understanding of the local culture and commercial environment to get the processes right and address the challenges and opportunities facing foreign investors in Europe and the Middle East. Our team includes Japanese speaking partners Takura Kawai and Udayan Mukherjee.


Kentaro Hirayama’s practice focuses on competition law. He has counselled clients in a number of domestic and international cartels, unfair trade practices such as MFN clauses, predatory pricing and abuse of standard essential patents, and merger filings including high-profile phase II cases. His skill and experience in competition and antitrust law is widely recognised, and in 2016 he was the only Japanese attorney named in Global Competition Review’s “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading antitrust lawyers under the age of 40.

Mr Hirayama worked for the Japan Fair Trade Commission from July 2007 to June 2010, during which time he was a case manager in the Marine Hose case, among other high-profile international cartel cases, and led an abuse of dominance case. During these worldwide parallel investigations, he collaborated with foreign competition authorities in engagements such as information exchanges and coordination of simultaneous dawn raids, among others.

Chien Yeh Law Offices

Since 1973, Chien Yeh Law Offices (the “Firm”) has been providing high quality and comprehensive legal services to our client for more than 40 years. Chien Yeh’s multi-disciplinary professionals are well versed in the practice areas of mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property rights, pre-merger control, competition law, international contracts, taxation, initial public offering, OTC, securities & futures, joint venture, e-commerce, labor & management, regulatory compliance, financial holding, BOT/BT/OT projects (PPP/PFI), private funds, corporate restructuring & financing, trusts, among others. In recent years, our Firm has been swiftly expanding its scale, scope of services and expertise, as well as continuing to improve our quality of services. Our Firm is one of the best legal advisors and consultants, offering integrated and cross-field advice to our clients. Our firm is headquartered at the 62nd floor of Taipei 101 Tower Building.



Managing international disputes: Effective Dispute Resolution Mechanisms; Preferences in forum shopping—choosing between the different institutions and jurisdictions; Using ADR to resolve cross-border disputes in commercial transactions selecting your arbitrator, costs and enforcement

Cross-Border M&A Dynamics: What are we seeing in the market? Issues to look out for when managing M&A transactions, How to manage these issues and minimize risks and what are the tips for a successful M&A transaction

Crisis & Risk Management in Japan

Outbound investment: Investing into the EMEA region

Cyber security management

Artificial intelligence and the rise of e-sports law in Japan

Understanding the risks and rewards of adopting Technology for In-House lawyers: what is out there that can transform and improve legal departments?

Getting Ahead of the Competition: Knowing Japan’s Competition Act