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

Leading individuals: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)

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    • Kazuki Okada - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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

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Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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    • Florence Cheung - Herbert Smith Freehills

International businesses with Japanese operations look to Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) for domestic and cross-border advice. Practice head Tomohisa Muranushi is a ‘real specialist’ who ‘understands large multinationals’. He designs employment terms and conditions, advises on reductions in force and labour disputes. Hiroshi Kondo concentrates on post-merger integrations and Kana Itabashi works on a broad range of matters, including the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations and global audits, litigation and workplace harassment investigations. Mihoko Ida was promoted to of counsel.

DLA Piper has ‘a full scope of specialists’ and acts for multinationals such as Cisco Systems, SDL, Princess Cruises and Audemars Piguet. Practice head Lawrence Carter handles investigations, harassment claims and force reductions. Also noted is senior associate Keiji Nasuda, who handles disputes (including the enforcement of non-compete covenants), union negotiations and severances. On the non-contentious side, Nasuda handles post-merger integration and various transactional-related matters, as well as regulatory, worker dispatch, pension and benefit work.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s day-to-day employment advice is led by newly promoted partner Akiko Yamakawa, who also represents domestic and foreign entities in court proceedings arising out of claims of unfair dismissal, employee misconduct and sexual harassment. She also provides advice to Japanese companies on issues connected to overseas investments. Kazuki Okada handles union disputes and redundancy issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills saw an increase in contentious work in the form of investigation and compliance mandates, particularly regarding workplace harassment. ‘Knowledgeable’ managing partner Peter Godwin leads the practice and spearheads risk management and contentious work, including litigation, union relations and board reorganisations. Corporate specialist Graeme Preston handles non-contentious work, such as reviewing employment policies and separation agreements. Senior associate Georgina Stevens relocated to Perth.

Yuichiro Mori and Takashi Tanazawa now head Jones Day’s department following Rika Sato’s departure to establish a new firm. The practice’s expertise covers domestic and cross-border employment law advice, disputes, M&A-related work and non-compete agreements, as well as termination, breach of contract and employee conduct issues. The firm advised Cardinal Health on labour matters, employee benefits and transferring staff following its acquisition of Cordis.

O'Melveny’s Yoji Maeda advises employers from industries such as private equity, entertainment and pharmaceuticals on contentious matters as well as employment issues connected to M&A transactions and corporate restructuring. Executive replacement, regulatory investigations, union issues and discrimination claims are regular sources of work.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides day-to-day HR advice to leading international companies with operations or subsidiaries in Japan. Practice head Yumiko Ohta was promoted to of counsel. Her recent caseload includes worker dispatch agreements, termination cases and post-integration issues arising out of M&A transactions.

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