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Independent local firms

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  1. Labour and employment: independent local firms
  2. Leading individuals: bengoshi
  3. Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

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The ‘very reliable’ lawyers at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune have a ‘deep knowledge’ of the market and provide ‘very high-quality advice’. While assisting clients with the development of effective personnel management strategies in order to avoid disputes, the practice has strong experience in labour and employment litigation, especially in relation to claims of wrongful discharge and related compensation matters; defending Olympus, which was sued by one of its employees, is a case in point. Kazutoshi Kakuyama leads the practice, which includes ‘very smart and responsive’ associate Kensuke Otsuki.

Headed by Kunihiro Sumida, Atsumi & Sakai’s team advises domestic and foreign companies on termination schemes in Japan, immigration-related issues and matters arising from cross-border transactions. The practice recently handled cases focusing on the treatment of foreign employees, harassment and pay increases. Tatsuo Yamashima and Bonnie Dixon are also recommended.

The ‘great’ team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto assists employers with employment-related compliance, transition and migration of staff, issues involving terminations and benefits, employment policies, trade disputes and collective agreements. Practice head Chisako Takaya is ‘very good at establishing a legal strategy for the client’, Shiho Ono was promoted to partner, and Yoshikazu Abe is a recommended associate.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises major foreign and domestic companies on a range of employment matters, including compliance, contractual matters, compensation, redundancy and separation procedures, protection of personal information and various kinds of employment litigation. The practice is headed by Hisaya Kimura and includes Norimitsu Arai, who is also recommended.

TMI Associates works with leading international clients across a range of industries, including retail, financial services and transport. The practice’s areas of strength are employment contracts and work rules, personnel system issues, termination matters and employment litigation. Mie Fujimoto heads the practice, while Seiji Kurihara and Rie Taiko are up-and-coming lawyers. Mariko Eto was promoted to partner.

Nishimura & Asahi’s areas of expertise include terminations, employment litigation, restructurings and M&A-related matters. Practice head Michihiro Mori advised Takeda Pharmaceutical on a demerger, which involved the transfer of a number of employees to other companies. Other recent work includes assisting Yomiuri Television with negotiations to reach a so-called ‘36 agreement’ on overtime and holiday, and advising Tokyo Academy on a termination agreement.

Iwata Godo’s client portfolio predominantly includes Japanese listed companies, as well as a number of foreign corporates doing business in Japan. The practice, headed by Hirotaka Uranaka and Shinya Tago, handles various employment-related matters, including advising on HR strategy, planning and managing organisational change, complex litigation, and assisting with cross-border employment law issues. The team handled the Japanese part of the post-merger integration of Interactive Intelligence into the Genesys group, assisting the latter with matters such as work rules reconciliation and employee benefits.

Ushijima & Partners advises mainly foreign clients from a range of sectors – including finance, retail, real estate and healthcare – on matters related to dismissals, redundancies, terminations, separation agreements and related disputes. Former practice head Kenichi Kojima recently left for Torikai Law Office. Rikisuke Yamanaka is now the key contact.


International firms and joint ventures

Index of tables

  1. Labour and employment: international firms and joint ventures
  2. Next generation lawyers: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)
  3. Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)

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    • Keiji Nasuda - DLA Piper
    • Koji Ohtani - DLA Piper
    • Seri Takahashi - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Nobuki Wada - K&L Gates

Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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    • Florence Cheung - Herbert Smith Freehills

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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) stands out for its ‘excellent’ responsiveness, and combines a deep knowledge of Japanese employment law with experience acting for domestic and overseas clients in sectors such as banking, retail and technology. Areas of strength include employment and workplace policy development, restructuring and reorganisation, dismissals and workforce reductions, employee benefits, employment disputes, labour union issues and restrictive agreements. Practice head Tomohisa Muranushi is recommended for his contentious and non-contentious employment experience, as well as for his ‘excellent English skills’.

DLA Piper advises local and foreign clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, and is particularly strong in the technology sector. Practice head Lawrence Carter assisted American medical technology company Becton Dickinson with the divestiture of a line of medical devices, a global transaction that involved complex employment issues in Japan. The practice has also been advising the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, Knorr-Bremse, on the acquisition of a Bosch entity with a significant presence in Japan, a matter which involves a large number of employees and two labour unions. Cisco Systems and Luminex are other clients. Senior associate Keiji Nasuda and associate Koji Ohtani are recommended for contentious matters.

Herbert Smith Freehills is recommended for cross-border employment issues, and advice on implementation, audit and upgrade of compliance policies. The practice has been advising an international financial services company on the termination of a senior employee in Japan on the basis of power harassment, and representing the Japanese branch of an international investment bank in union negotiations concerning the rights and benefits of a resigned employee. Senior associate Florence Cheung is recommended. Peter Godwin relocated to the firm’s recently opened Kuala Lumpur office.

Jones Day handles a range of labour-related matters, including compliance with labour law and regulations, business restructurings (particularly issues arising from M&A) and litigation. The practice advised Cardinal Health on its acquisition of Medtronic’s patient care, deep vein thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency businesses for $6.1bn, reviewing employment rules, internal policies and a labour management agreement. Yuichiro Mori and Takashi Tanazawa are the practice heads; the former is active in non-contentious issues, including corporate support, and the latter handles employment-related disputes, including trade union negotiations.

K&L Gates assists local and international clients with national and cross-border disputes across a number of sectors, including technology, aviation, financial services, manufacturing and healthcare. Head of practice Takahiro Hoshino is an experienced litigator with a consolidated knowledge of international labour law. Associate Nobuki Wada advises on issues such as restructurings, dismissals, mental health issues and overtime pay, and represents companies in various lawsuits.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is particularly active in employment issues arising from major cross-border M&A deals. The practice has also handled a number of termination cases, as well as negotiations on behalf of local and international companies to prevent litigation. Practice head Yumiko Ohta was elevated to partner.


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