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Hiroki Wakabayashi and Yoshimasa Furuta jointly lead Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s practice. Wakabayashi represents financial institutions, and Furuta is recommended for international litigation and arbitration. The team defended a global internet provider in a lawsuit brought by an individual relating to commission allegedly generated from the individual’s web service, and also represented a British company in enforcing an arbitral award. Kenichi Sadaka is head of international litigation at the firm, and Shinji Kusakabe leads the firm’s international arbitration practice.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for domestic clients overseas and assists international clients in Japanese litigation, regularly handling litigation with cross-border elements. Clients include Eksportfinans, SoftBank Mobile and Bic Camera. Mugi Sekido was appointed bankruptcy trustee for ERP Soft House by the Tokyo District Court, a matter which brought subsequent litigation relating to land value. Kana Manabe, Junichi Tobimatsu and tax specialist Kazuhiro Kanamaru are recommended.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is noted for its international arbitration strength, and several practitioners in the team have particular specialisms. For instance, department head Norimitsu Arai focuses on labour and employment issues, and Hisaya Kimura is experienced in international disputes, product liability and environmental tort. Recent highlights include representing Tepco in a shareholder derivative lawsuit following the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, and acting for several banks in a suit against Olympus to recover damages incurred following Olympus’ filing of false financial reports.

Recent work for Nishimura & Asahi included acting for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in a lawsuit against Posco regarding trade secret infringement, and successfully defending Shimizu in a joint venture dispute in Indonesia. Hiroyuki Tezuka leads the practice, and along with Akihiro Hironaka is representing a foreign insurance company in a claim regarding a defective design of a Middle Eastern industrial plant. Other clients include Canon, Mizuho Securities and Nidec.

Tatsuya Fukui and Toyoki Emoto co-lead Atsumi & Sakai’s practice, which has ‘excellent diversity and a real commitment to the clients, providing trustworthy advice for a good price’. Recent headline matters include representing 62 non-Japanese institutional investors and pension funds in a claim for damages against Olympus following a high-profile securities fraud. Kunihiro Sumida is recommended for labour disputes, the ‘very reactive and highly energeticBonnie Dixon focuses on international work, and clients praise London-based Ryuichi Nozaki as ‘an ace lawyer, who is efficient and pleasant to deal with’.

TMI Associates assists clients with domestic and cross-border litigation across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology and manufacturing. Tomoki Yanagisawa and Mitsuko Miyagawa are key names to note, Hidetoshi Masunaga is recommended for tax and IP issues, and Mitsue Aizawa is experienced in insolvency proceedings.

Hashidate Law Office covers the gamut, from international litigation to small-scale commercial disputes, advising on regulatory matters, international trade and labour issues. Noteworthy individuals include Takahiro Mikami, who is recommended for cross-border disputes, Kenji Hashidate and Yuko Kojima, who is experienced in product liability and financial transaction-related matters.

Hibiya Park Law Offices acts for clients in disputes relating to corporate activities, company law and financial transactions at a domestic and international level. Akihiko Hara is recommended for cross-border matters, Taku Nomiya is experienced in international arbitration, and Haruka Matsuyama has expertise in injunctions, D&O litigation, and defamation cases.

Iwata Godo’s client base includes financial institutions, insurers, manufacturers and electricity companies. The team regularly handles large-scale environmental litigation, and also has experience in crisis management, arbitration, class action-style lawsuits and shareholder litigation. Key names include Masao Fujii and Shinya Tago.

Ushijima & Partnersresponds quickly with on-target advice that is well thought through’ and fields a team that ‘punches above its weight’. The practice has several areas of specialism, including real estate, technology, corporate matters and tax. Hiroyasu Kageshima has expertise in infringement issues, and Hiroshi Watanabe is experienced in securities litigation. Shin Ushijima and Osamu Inoue jointly head the practice. Inoue represented Urban Renaissance Agency in a construction defect issue following the 2011 earthquake.

Areas of focus for Wada & Watanabe include corporate law, cross-border disputes, IP and employment issues. The team represents both domestic and international clients, and recent highlights include advising a Swedish furniture company in an employment dispute. Nobuhiro Wada is recommended for multi-jurisdictional issues. Takashi Koyama is also a name to note.

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