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  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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