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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


8:15 - 19:00


Free of charge for in-house counsel

In association with

Following decades of supporting Japanese clients on their international matters from around our global network, our Tokyo office launched in 2000. Since then, we have been consistently recognised as one of the leading foreign law practices in Japan. Working closely with our teams around our international network, we help leading Japanese and multinational companies on their significant cross-border transactions, major international projects and complex dispute resolution matters around the world.

As one of the largest and most experienced teams of registered foreign lawyers in Tokyo, including many fluent Japanese speakers, we combine our international experience with local insight to help our clients across a broad range of legal matters. We have particular expertise in the oil and gas, power, construction and infrastructure, manufacturing & industrials, TMT, consumer, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

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.

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.

Breakfast sponsor

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
08.15-09.00Registration and breakfast
09.00-09.15Opening remarks (David Burgess, Publishing Director, The Legal 500 Series); Opening keynote (Naosuke Fujita, LLAN)
09.20-10.05Panel discussion 1: Crisis & Risk Management in Japan (Moderated by: Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu). Panelists include: Akihisa Shiozaki (Partner), Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu; Yoshihiko Matake (Partner), Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu; John Lane (Foreign Attorney), 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 (Presented by Allen & Overy). Panelists include: David Armsworth-Maw (Head of Project Management Office - Asia Pacific), Allen & Overy; Carolyn Aldous (Managing Director), Peerpoint.
12.10-13.00Panel discussion 4: Effective Dispute Resolution Mechanisms; key strategies to resolving your company’s legal disputes tactically, cost-effectively and successfully. (Moderated by David Gilmore (managing partner, Tokyo office) Herbert Smith Freehills)
14.00-14.50Panel discussion 5: The rise of e-sports 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 Takura Kawai, Dentons)
15.40-15.50Coffee break
15.50-16.40Panel discussion 7: Changing landscape: amendments to Japanese antitrust law, enforcement trends and their implication to businesses (Presented by Kentaro Hirayama, Hirayama Law Offices and Keita Fukunaga, AlixPartners Asia)
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


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 Kawai
Partner, Head of the Japan Desk in EMEA, Dentons


Tomihisa Kato is Senior Manager and Head of Business Legal Group at Sumitomo Electric’s Legal Department. Since he joined the company in 1992, he has been supporting the business in its expansion in forms of various types of M&As, joint ventures and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Japan, Asia, Americas, EMEA and others, as well as ordinary commercial transactions. He has also been dealing with compliance matters, e.g. investigations, civil actions, setting up of the compliance program at the group on a global basis, etc. From 2011 to 2015, he worked in London as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, EMEA.

Tomihisa Kato
Senior Manager, Legal Department, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Pirouzan Parvine is an M&A and Corporate Partner at the Paris office, leading the Manufacturing Sector Group and the India Desk of Dentons Europe. As a transactional lawyer, Pirouzan has focused on markets in transition for more than 19 years. He has advised clients in Central Europe, Africa, India and Iran in a range of sectors as varied as manufacturing, automotive, hotel and leisure, retail, agro-industry, real estate and consumer goods. Pirouzan is regularly ranked as a top M&A lawyer in Chambers & Partners and other legal guides. A graduate of Paris Sorbonne University (France), he holds an LL.M. degree from Duke Law School (USA). Pirouzan is a Fulbright Scholar.

Pirouzan Parvine
Partner, Dentons

Daisuke Tsutsumi is an English solicitor and New York attorney, the Deputy General Manager of the Machinery & Infrastructure Legal Department, Legal Division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Mitsui is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, but actively engages in its business all over the world with 139 offices in 66 countries. Its business includes Metals, Machinery & Infrastructure, Chemicals, Energy, Lifestyle and Innovation & Corporate Development. He has much exposure to its EMEA business and worked for the Legal Department of Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc in London for more than 3 years.

Daisuke Tsutsumi
Deputy General Manager, Machinery & Infrastructure Legal Dept., Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Shigeo Yamaguchi specializes and has extensive experience in advising Japanese corporates in their cross-border M&A and Joint Venture transactions in Germany. He has been practising for 20 years as German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt), is Co-Founder of the firm and also Head of its Japan Desk. Shigeo is member of the Legal Committee of the Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Dr. Shigeo Yamaguchi
Partner, ARQIS Rechtsanwaelte


Koji Ishikawa is the office managing partner 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
Office Managing Partner, Greenberg Traurig Tokyo

Steven Walkowiak is a chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s Video Games and Esports Group. Steve advises his international clients regarding all legal and regulatory aspects of esports and video games. He advises clients regarding video game disciplinary decisions, league training, employment, and anti-corruption policies. He works with parties throughout sports, media, and entertainment to anticipate and navigate the legal landscape of competitive video gaming.

Steven Walkowiak
Co-chair of the Video Game and Esports Group and Litigation Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

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 of the Tokyo office, and is also Head of Dispute Resolution Tokyo. David’s practice centres on high-value commercial arbitration and litigation, particularly on international matters spanning the Asia-Pacific region. David has experience on a wide variety of substantial commercial disputes including international arbitration and litigation in Asia, Europe and the US. David advises clients across sectors including engineering and heavy industry, insurance and reinsurance, energy and international trade. He also advises companies on claims arising from fraud and anti-corruption matters, including investigations and resulting claims. David is licensed to advise upon English law in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi.

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

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

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

Baro Hyun is currently leading the esports advisory team at KPMG Consulting Japan, an unprecedented service at the Big Four that he launched a year after joining KPMG. After earning his PhD degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, he worked as a research and development engineer in the automotive industry developing autonomous driving programs, then moved on to dedicate his energy to a management consulting business in the area of AI and esports.

Baro Hyun
Senior Manager, KPMG Consulting

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

Naosuke Fujita is a co-representative director and one of the co-founders of LLAN. Naosuke is a graduate of Waseda University department of law and University of Michigan Law School. After a career as a business lawyer at Japanese and US law firms, Naosuke has been general counsel for Goldman Sachs Japan and an ally of its LGBT network since 2009. In 2017 Naosuke won the Financial Times’ ‘Most Innovative General Counsel’ award.

Naosuke Fujita
Co-Representative Director, Co-Founder, LLAN

Craig Shepherd has helped clients resolve some of the most high profile disputes in the Middle East. He has 25 years of experience in arbitration and litigation in the infrastructure sector, 20 years of which have been spent in the firm's international offices solving clients' problems in challenging jurisdictions. Craig regularly assists clients in power and water projects, oil and gas infrastructure and disputes under EPC contracts, off-take agreements and concessions for all types of built asset.

Craig Shepherd
Global Head of Contentious Construction and Infrastructure, Partner & Head of Middle East Disputes, Herbert Smith Freehills

Christopher Hunt has practiced in Japan since 2008, before which he worked in London. He specialises in international arbitration, and advises on complex commercial disputes, and compliance matters such as sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption. Christopher has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under numerous institutional rules, with arbitral seats across the world. Christopher has particular expertise in resolving disputes in the pharmaceutical sector and leads the firm's practice in Asia, excluding China.

Christopher Hunt
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

An M&A specialist, Graeme has 15 years of experience of advising Japanese and international clients on their cross-border investments, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Graeme has extensive experience of advising on investments in South East Asia, Europe, Africa, India and other emerging markets. Graeme is licensed to advise in Japan as a Registered Foreign Lawyer.

Graeme Preston
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Takeshi Yanaike
Global Privacy Manager and Data Protection Officer, Rakuten

Masatoshi Adachi
Security and Privacy Counsel, LINE

Steven Howard
Senior Legal Counsel, Global Privacy Officer, Sony Mobile Communications