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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has substantial experience across the full range of restructuring and insolvency issues including in- and out-of-court restructurings. Hiroyasu Ueda, joined in 2017 from Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners; his arrival strengthens the team’s ability to handle complex restructuring cases. Highly regarded practitioners Hideyuki Sakai and Fujiaki Mimura jointly lead the practice, which recently represented Lehman Brothers Japan and its affiliated Japanese entities in filing petitions to start civil rehabilitation proceedings and related case management issues.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune - Japanese translation: アンダーソン・毛利・友常法律事務所 ・ 安德森·毛利·友常律师事务所 は、私的および公的整理の両面であらゆる種類の企業再生案件や解散案件を網羅する膨大な経験を有しています。2017年 Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners から移籍した上田裕康氏によって複雑な企業再生案件の取り扱いが可能となり、チームの機能が強化されています。 この部門を率いるのは評価の高い坂井秀行氏と三村藤明氏で、最近ではリーマン・ブラザーズ日本法人とその系列日本企業の代理人を務め、民事再生手続き開始の請願書を提出、関連事案の管理を担当しました。

Acting for debtors, creditors, and financial advisers, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is experienced in all types of bankruptcy and reorganisation matters. With particular expertise in major cross-border insolvency cases, the team is prominent in the out-of-court workout space. Recently it assisted F-Tech with the restructuring of its business through out-of-court workouts and with obtaining the related debt waivers from financial creditors. Practice head Soichiro Fujiwara also advised Bokuto Kenzai on finding a suitable sponsor and the subsequent transfer of its business under the approval of the Tokyo District Court.

With extensive expertise handling a wide variety of financial transactions, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu specialises in complex cross-border restructuring matters. The firm also has notable experience in emerging digital markets, particularly the restructuring of cryptocurrency exchanges. Practice head Nobuaki Kobayashi regularly handles high-profile insolvency and restructuring mandates, including large-scale corporate reorganisations; he is assisting with the global restructuring of Takata including the sale of its global assets and operations to Key Safety Systems.

Strong in traditional insolvency work, Nishimura & Asahi also excels in restructuring and insolvency transactions involving out-of-court workouts and turnarounds. Hideki Matsushima jointly leads the practice with Kenichi Minami, who handles the full spectrum of issues in the sector. Minami also led on the restructuring of Toshiba, including the sale of its subsidiaries and assets, and the related debt and equity recapitalisations.

TMI Associates maintains ‘a good balance between the ideal and reality’ with a strong and experienced team led by Mitsue Aizawa, who has acted on some of the country’s largest insolvencies. In recent highlights, the firm represented Revsonic in a bankruptcy filing and the related business transfer of an engineer dispatching company, and acted for Shin-Ei in civil rehabilitation proceedings and its subsequent application of bankruptcy procedures.

Restructuring and insolvency – International firms and joint ventures

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) provides expertise across restructuring, insolvency, distressed M&A, non-performing loans and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. The team specialises in cross-border restructurings and insolvency cases and provides advice on matters related to cross-border workouts, Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 proceedings under the US Bankruptcy Code, and UK bankruptcy litigation. It also has significant experience in representing local and international creditors, sponsors and lenders against failed corporations. Hiroshi Kasuya heads up the group and was recently promoted to partner; he focuses on insolvency and restructuring matters, M&A and litigation. In a high-profile highlight his team is representing Takata Japan and other Japanese debtors in connection with the its restructuring and the related civil rehabilitation proceedings.

The insolvency and restructuring practice at White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) sits as part of its experienced corporate finance capability. The team of US- and English-law qualified and Japan-licensed attorneys advise on complex global debt restructurings, insolvency matters and corporate restructurings. Simon Collins co-heads the practice with Ayako Kawano, who has extensive experience advising global and domestic clients on acquisitions, dispositions and the restructuring of distressed loans and real estate portfolios, as well as private equity investments, restructurings and cross-border bankruptcy-related M&A.

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