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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune advises clients on inbound and outbound transactions, acting for both issuers and underwriters, and has substantial strength in samurai bond offerings, IPOs, convertible bonds and J-REITs. Recent work includes advising Toyota and Nomura as issuer and underwriter respectively on Toyota’s public class share offering, and acting for Nomura, J.P. Morgan Securities Japan and Morgan Stanley as underwriters on the Japanese elements of Sony’s global share offering. Noteworthy names include Harume Nakano, Minoru Kobayashi and Hironori Shibata. Hiroaki Takahashi joined from Davis & Takahashi.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s ‘professional services are excellent’, according to clients, making it ‘one of the best teams in the jurisdiction’. It handles transactions and regulatory compliance, and recent work includes acting as issuer’s counsel on the IPO of Japan Post Holdings and its subsidiaries, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance, and advising SoftBank on multiple high-yield bond issuances. Katsumasa Suzuki is ‘a client-focused and creative lawyer’, and other well-regarded practitioners include Satoshi Nakamura and Toru Ishiguro.

Fumihide Sugimoto leads the team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Also noted are Miyuki Ishiguro, who advised Sony on its global share offering, and Masatsura Kadota, who assisted J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley as underwriters of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance’s first foreign bond issuance. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Hidetaka Mihara and Shinichi Araki are well respected.

Key names at Nishimura & Asahi include Kohei Koikawa, who led advice to Dexerials and the selling shareholders regarding its global IPO, and assisted Nomura as lead manager of a samurai bond offering. Other clients include Comforia Residential REIT, Japan Airport Terminal and Daiwa Securities. Hiroshi Niinomi is experienced in the real estate sector; Yasutaka Nishikori and structured finance specialist Masaru Ono are recommended.

Atsumi & Sakai’s team advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance on a catastrophe bond transaction, which was the first in which both yen and US denominated bonds were issued. It also assisted Daito Me Holdings with its common stock listing on the Taipei Exchange. Key team members include Yuri Suzuki and Hiroyuki Sanbe.

City-Yuwa Partners has a broad practice, acting for domestic and international clients on securities issuances, convertible bonds, stock exchange listings, J-REITs and regulatory issues. Yukihiro Fujimoto and Yoshitada Ogiso are recommended.

Kaynex Law Offices was established in 2016, and the firm’s well-regarded finance department includes Norifusa Hashimoto, Eiichi Nagai and Aya Kurahashi. The team advises on domestic and cross-border mandates and is experienced in transactions, securities offerings (including samurai bonds) and regulatory issues. Kota Kikuchi is noted for his energy sector expertise.

At TMI Associates, Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi and Hidenori Nakagawa are the key names to note. The practice is experienced in J-REITs, IPOs, transactions and regulatory matters. The team advised clients on the new Japanese short-selling regulations.

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