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Next Generation Partners

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With particular strength handling regulatory and compliance matters with a cross-border element, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu utilises its global capabilities to advise on issues in multiple jurisdictions. The team has substantial expertise that includes former prosecutors, accountants, government officials, PR specialists, and experts from various disciplines. The addition of advisors Toshihiko Itami (former head of the Osaka High Public Prosecutors Office) and Hideo Makuta (former Commissioner of the Japan Fair Trade Commission) further strengthened the group. Practice head Hideaki Kobayashi acts on high-profile corporate crisis mandates, with particular expertise in white-collar defence, third-party investigations, and media strategy; he is advising on a client's global strategy for handling the legal and regulatory issues arising from its falsification of data and inspection results which saw products below public standards shipped to customers. Akihisa Shiozaki is also acting for Takata on the company’s global strategy for handling the legal and regulatory issues arising from the high-profile product defect claims relating to its airbags.

Atsumi & Sakai acts for Japanese and multinational companies operating in Japan on crisis management matters. The business value restoration team focuses on compliance and disclosure, while the white-collar crime group has experience in criminal defence including fraud, forgery, embezzlement, cybercrime, tax evasion, foreign bribes and felony cases. Hiroyuki Nezu jointly leads the team with Masataka Hayakawa, the latter of which focuses on corporate regulatory compliance and investigations, corporate risk and white-collar defence, among others, and  has ‘experience as a prosecutor and an officer at the Ministry of Justice in Japan, which makes his work valuable.’ Also recommended is of counsel Kohei Murakawa, who has ‘distinguished skills in global disputes’ and experience in domestic and international cartel investigations including internal audits and leniency applications.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has significant expertise in risk management and investigations, regularly advising companies and directors, alongside experience acting as investigator in internal and independent investigations at a domestic and international level. Recent highlights span unfair competition, insider trading, accounting irregularity, bribery and corruption issues. The team includes experienced partners as well as special counsel who have served as senior public prosecutors. Notable is Yasuhiko Fujitsu, who practices extensively in risk management, with a focus on capital markets-related matters including accounting irregularities, insider trading, market manipulations and financial inspections by regulators. In a recent high-profile highlight, Fujitsu led advice to Coincheck on crisis management issues relating to the theft of $530m by hackers in January 2018 including related internal investigations, media communications, and litigation.

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