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  1. Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms
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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune represents clients before major antitrust authorities, including the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), the European Commission and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Atsushi Yamada is well regarded for cartel, unilateral conduct and merger control matters, which is also a strength of regulatory expert Yusuke Nakano. Also recommended are senior foreign counsel Vassili Moussis and Hideto Ishida. The practice continued to defend Qualcomm in a JFTC proceeding relating to its alleged violation of The Antimonopoly Act (AMA). Other clients include Bunka Shutter and NXP Semiconductors.

Atsumi & Sakaicombines knowledge and skills like no other’ in cross-border cartel investigations, merger control issues, AMA matters, domestic bid rigging and abuse of dominance cases. Senior partner Setsuko Yufu heads the practice and ‘has a very good understanding of European business culture and law’; Saori Hanada also has extensive knowledge in this area. JFTC expert Tatsuo Yamashima is ‘one of the top competition lawyers’, and Masayuki Matsuura is ‘very skilled and dedicated’. Atsushi Iritani is now counsel at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu.

The ‘excellent’ Kozo Kawai leads Nishimura & Asahi’s practice, which has been active in major cartel and bid rigging matters, including acting as global counsel to K Line in defending against cartel allegations. Kawai and Kazuho Nakajima advised Osaka Steel on a merger review relating to its acquisition of Tokyo Kohtetsu. Other clients include Japan Post Service and Idemitsu Kosan. Ryutaro Nakayama is recommended.

The six-partner team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto excels in cross-border merger filing and handling investigations into cartels and other antitrust violations. Kenji Ito has been active in merger filings and with Hideki Utsunomiya advised FamilyMart on its integration with UNY Group Holdings. JFTC negotiations, dawn raids and appeals of competition authority decisions form part of the practice’s caseload.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s ‘stellar team has high levels of expertise and experience’ in industries such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and financial services. Former JFTC deputy director Eriko Watanabe heads the practice and ranks ‘among the premierJapanese competition law practitioners’. Koki Yanagisawa and Kaoru Hattori have ‘deep expertise’, as does Yoshitoshi Imoto, who is highly regarded for merger control, cartel investigations, leniency applications and JFTC proceedings.

TMI Associates’ practice includes former JFTC employees and handles the full gamut of matters, including monopolisation, merger control and abuse of dominance cases. Investigations initiated by the JFTC and DOJ were among its recent cases, especially cartel matters. Yusuke Kashiwagi advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on forming a joint venture between its generic drugs business and Takeda, and helped obtain clearance from competition authorities in several jurisdictions.

Toshiaki Tada is the main contact at boutique firm Hibiya Sogo Law Offices.

Iwata Godo’s caseload includes abuse of dominance cases, merger control and cartel claims before the JFTC and foreign agencies. Yoshihiro Toji primarily handles contentious work and heads the practice with Shinya Tago, Atsushi Izumi and Manabu Eiguchi.

Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba’s Nobuaki Mukai defends corporations and individuals in administrative and criminal proceedings, and handles multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Takashi Kobayashi and Rin Moriguchi recently made partner.

Known for JFTC hearings and investigations, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners excels in abuse of dominant bargaining position, collusive bidding and cartel matters. Counsel Takashi Ishii is the main contact.

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