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GC Summit Japan

19 Sept 2019 |




19th September 2019


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


8:00 - 19:00


Free of charge for in-house counsel

In association with

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 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 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.

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.

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 fun

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.

Clients are responding to the constant pressure to balance cost, quality and risk in innovative ways. At A&O, we are adapting what we offer to create new solutions. Together with our clients, we design solutions that solve our client's challenges through the right combination of expertise, resourcing and technology. Advanced Delivery is how A&O describes the exciting ways in which we now deliver our expertise to our clients. A&Os Legal Service Centre, Peerpoint, Consulting, our Project Management office, the legal tech group and our technology innovation space Fuse are all new ways in which we deliver A&Os expertise to our clients.

We strongly believe that marshalling the power of new technologies and different ways of delivering services to the legal industry will increasingly be a key differentiator in our industry. We are determined to remain at the forefront of these developments, building on our reputation as one of the world's most innovative law firms.

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.

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses successfully address their most complex and critical challenges when it really matters. Our economists help clients and their counsels who face significant antitrust, litigation, regulatory, and commercial challenges by providing expert evidence, testimony, and advice to address the most important issues. The outcome of these situations often depends on a thorough understanding of relevant economic theory and a rigorous approach to collating and assessing empirical evidence.

Credible economic analysis generally requires robust evidence on accounting and data issues, and extensive industry knowledge. Accordingly, our economists work closely with our forensic accounting, data analytics, and industry experts to provide an integrated approach. Our clients also benefit from our one-firm firm strategy where we can deploy a team of experts around the globe within a short time.

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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.


GC Summit Tokyo
08.00-09.00Registration and breakfast
09.00-09.15Opening remarks (David Burgess, Publishing Director, The Legal 500 Series)
09.15-10.05Panel discussion 1: Crisis & Risk Management in Japan (Moderated by: Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu). Panelists include: Akihisa Shiozaki (Partner), Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu; John Lane (Foreign Attorney), Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu; Yoshihiko Matake (Partner), Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu
10.10-11.00Panel discussion 2: 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. What are the tips for a successful M&A transaction (Moderated by: Herbert Smith Freehills)
11.00-11.15Coffee break
11.15-12.05Panel discussion 3: Innovating the legal function – an introduction to Advanced Delivery (Moderated by Allen & Overy). Panelists include: David Armsworth-Maw (Head of Project Management Office - Asia Pacific), Allen & Overy; Carolyn Aldous (Managing Director), Peerpoint; Ben Cooper (Legal Technology Engagement - Senior Manager – APAC), Allen & Overy
12.10-13.00Panel discussion 4: 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. (Moderated by: Herbert Smith Freehills)
14.00-14.50Panel discussion 5: Artificial intelligence and the rise of e-sports law in Japan (Moderated by Koji Ishikawa, Greenberg Traurig Tokyo)
14.50-15.40Panel discussion 6: Outbound investment: challenges and opportunities when investing into the EMEA region (Moderated by Dentons)
15.40-15.50Coffee break
15.50-16.40Panel discussion 7: Getting Ahead of the Competition: Knowing Japan’s Competition Act (Moderated by Hirayama Law Offices & AlixPartners Asia LLC)
16.40-17.30 Panel discussion 8: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity: An update on the latest trends in Japan (Moderated by Go Hashimoto, Atsumi & Sakai)
17.30-17.40Closing remarks
17.40-19.00Drinks reception and event close


Koji Ishikawa is the Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Tokyo office and focuses his practice on corporate finance and capital market matters. He is experienced in handling cross-border transactions and advising clients in the technology sector.

Koji Ishikawa
Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Tokyo

Akihisa Shiozaki is widely recognized for his expertise in corporate crisis management, including regulatory investigations, white collar defense, and various corporate governance issues, especially those with multi-jurisdictional or parallel civil and criminal components. In recent years, he has advised both domestic and foreign clients in resolving a number of the most high profile corporate crises cases relating to Japan. He is recognized by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in the field of Risk Management and Investigations.

Akihisa Shiozaki
Partner, Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu

Yoshihiko Matake focuses on corporate crisis management, internal investigation and international dispute resolution and also provides legal services for large variety of corporate matters including data privacy regulations and the consultation about compliance framework. He has a great deal of experience of international crisis management and investigation such as international cartel and other cross border legal matters, in particular involving North America. He worked at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu NY LLP from 2010 to 2013. He graduated with an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2010 and with an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo in 2003.

Yoshihiko Matake
Partner, Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu

John has extensive experience in complex cross-border litigation and global investigations & crisis management spanning multiple jurisdictions. Clients have instructed him in relation to their most important governance matters and he has acted for a number of them on appearances before UK parliamentary committees. John advises clients from various industries but has a particular focus on the financial services, pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors. He has been seconded to several American and European financial institutions during his career and has also spent time at the Bank of England. John previously spent 9 years at Freshfields in London, which is also where he trained.

John Lane
Foreign Attorney, Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu

David is the Managing Partner for the Tokyo office and is head of dispute resolution in Japan. He has been practising in Japan since 2004 and has extensive experience in helping leading Japanese and international corporates on a range of substantial commercial and cross-border disputes, including international arbitration and litigation across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. He also helps clients with investigations and claims arising from fraud and anti-corruption matters, and insurance disputes. David has particular expertise in the automotives, insurance, energy, international trade, construction and heavy industries sectors.

David Gilmore
Managing Partner, Tokyo Office, Herbert Smith Freehills

Mr. Go Hashimoto, is highly sought after by clients from a wide range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, chemical, technology, defence and aerospace. He is particularly strong on protecting cross-border data flows and transfers, and frequently represents clients in cybersecurity matters, taking a very interdisciplinary approach drawing upon his expertise in corporate law, litigation, regulatory matters, conflict of laws and public international law. Mr. Hashimoto also assists clients with investigations and responses to data and privacy breaches and works closely with governments for data protection and cybersecurity matters. He is a registered foreign lawyer qualified to advise on the laws of the State of New York and the Federal laws of the United States.

Go Hashimoto
Partner, Atsumi & Sakai

Keita is an expert in economic analysis with regard to regulation and litigation matters such as antitrust, transfer pricing, and economic damages cases. He has more than 10 years' experience as a professional economist with involvement in many merger cases in various industries, among other regulation and litigation cases. Keita also has experience in cross-border cases in which he served as economist for Japanese companies. As an economic consultant, he conducted economic analyses for private companies to identify crucial evidence in support of clients' claims. From April 2012 to March 2014, he led the economic analysis team of the merger division of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.

Keita Fukunaga
Director, AlixPartners Asia LLC

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.

Kentaro Hirayama
Managing Partner, Hirayama Law Offices

Takura Kawai is a partner, head of the Japan Desk in EMEA region and member of the corporate practice group. His special focus is on servicing Japanese clients across Europe within the Japan Desk. He specializes in competition law, mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions. In addition to advising Japanese companies on transactional and regulatory matters, he has substantial experience in advising the areas of FDI and state aid (investment incentives and EU structural funds). Moreover, he has advised on a number of high profile projects in the automotive, electronics and chemicals industries throughout the CEE region. Takura is a Board Member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic.

Takura Kawai
Partner, Dentons

Carolyn Aldous the Executive Director of Peerpoint which works with A&O’s clients, practice groups and Advanced Delivery businesses to meet their interim legal, compliance and regulatory resourcing needs and provide our panel of consultants access to career enhancing assignments.

Carolyn Aldous
Managing Director, Peerpoint

Ben Cooper is the Senior Manager for legal technology engagement (Asia Pacific) overseeing the delivery of the firms legal technology portfolio to the A&O lawyers and clients in the region. He has delivered both innovation programmes and legal technology initiatives for law firms for a number of years. Ben specialises in the redesign of existing services to take advantage of new ways of working and emerging technology.

Ben Cooper
Legal Technology Engagement - Senior Manager – APAC, Allen & Overy

David Armsworth-Maw is the Head of Project Management Office (Asia Pacific) and oversees the delivery of Legal Project Management and Project Management Office Consultancy services across the Asia Pacific region. He is the team’s Litigation and Arbitration specialist and has project managed some of the firm’s biggest international arbitrations. David has driven the development of the PMO Consultancy within Asia Pacific focusing on supporting in-house client legal teams with matter and project management, legal panel refreshes; external legal service provider management; legal function management and legal project manager development and training.

David Armsworth-Maw
Head of Project Management Office - Asia Pacific, Allen & Overy

David Burgess has been working in tax and legal publishing for 18 years. Previously associate publisher on leading tax magazine International Tax Review, he launched International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, Tax Reference Library Series and ITR Industry Guides, and founded the Transfer Pricing Forum in 2001. He worked as a marketing and PR consultant for numerous Big Four and law firms and joined Legalease in 2004. David was responsible for driving a variety of new launches, including founding Tax Business and the Tax Directors Institute and The Legal 500 Deutschland and US editions. In September 2008, David took over as Publishing Director for The Legal 500 Series. David also oversees the GC Powerlist Series.

David Burgess
Publishing Director, The Legal 500 Series