Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Japan > Tax > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Independent local firms

Index of tables

  1. Tax: independent local firms
  2. Leading individuals: bengoshi
  3. Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Leading individuals: bengoshi

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Independent local firms clients in Japan using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles cross-border and domestic matters such as corporate reorganisations, transfer pricing issues, incentive plans, VAT, customs and duties matters and tax litigation. Eiichiro Nakatani and Koji Fujita jointly head the group; Nakatani is recommended for international tax and tax treaty matters, while Fujita regularly handles tax planning matters and the tax elements of corporate transactions. Kei Sasaki is also singled out for his tax expertise relating to financial products.

Yuko Miyazaki heads the group at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which stands out for its tax litigation expertise. Recent highlights include successfully defending a Japanese entity of a US investment fund in the Supreme Court against allegations by the government that it purposefully avoided withholding tax by using the Japan-Ireland tax treaty. The firm also provided a multinational chemical company with anti-avoidance tax statute advice and advised a US IT services and software provider on Japanese VAT issues. Noteworthy names include Atsushi Fujieda, Yushi Hegawa, Takashi Saida and Shigeki Minami.

With ‘amazing knowledge of the industry and deep insight into its issues’, Mori Hamada & Matsumotois a key name for tax planning work’ at both a domestic and international level. Practice head Atsushi Oishi recently advised GCA Savvian on the tax planning elements of its merger with Altium, while Makoto Sakai acted for SoftBank on the tax issues surrounding the formation of the SoftBank Vision Fund. Clients praise Yoshihiro Kojima, whose ‘advice is always on point’; Susumu Masuda, who handles the tax elements of aircraft and ship financing transactions and private wealth management; and litigator Kazuhiro Kanamaru. Associate Hiroshi Oyama is also recommended.

The team at Nishimura & Asahi focuses on tax litigation, structuring and audits, with recent work including acting for a pharmaceutical company in a dispute involving in-kind contributions and partnership taxation, and advising an international investment firm on the structuring of its Japanese business with regards to international tax. Shionogi & Co is also a client. Kazuhiro Takei and Yo Ota jointly lead the group; Ota recently represented an individual in a dispute relating to income tax. Tsuyoshi Ito and Masaki Noda are also recommended. Masakazu Iwakura left for TMI Associates.

Atsumi & Sakai stands out for its experience in transactional advice, tax controversies and tax disputes, advising on tax-efficient investment structures, M&A issues and corporate restructurings. Clients include financial institutions, technology companies, banks and companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Teruhisa Toyama heads the department.

Hidehiro Utsumi and Nobuaki Iwashina head TMI Associates’ four-partner practice, which is recognised for its fund-related tax knowledge and cross-border expertise; the team regularly acts for asset management companies and funds. Utsumi’s recent mandates include representing a high-net-worth individual in a tax dispute, and advising Daito Trust Construction on its split from Daito Building Management and the related tax elements.


International firms and joint ventures

Index of tables

  1. Tax: international firms and joint ventures
  2. Leading individuals: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)
  3. Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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

  1. 1

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which International firms and joint ventures clients in Japan using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

With ‘an incredibly pragmatic approach and an ability to provide the most practical advice in any situation’, Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)stands out in the field as a true leader’ across transfer pricing, tax planning, VAT issues, litigation and tax-efficient structuring. The ‘exceptionally talented’ Edwin Whatley leads the six-partner group and is highly regarded for his international tax expertise, tax planning and controversy work and trade advice. Clients also single out the ‘brilliant’ Ken Okawara, who specialises in transfer pricing mandates; Shinichi Kobayashi, who focuses his practice on corporate matters and employee incentive taxation; and tax litigator Hideyuki Yamamoto. Yukiko Komori regularly handles transfer pricing issues, and Ryutaro Oka is recommended for the tax aspects of finance matters, M&A and corporate reorganisations. Oka recently led advice to Universal Entertainment on the tax elements of its $400m issuance of privately placed high-yield notes on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

At DLA Piper, practice head Makiko Kawamura is ‘one of the key names in the field’ and specialises in international tax issues encompassing tax structuring, advisory mandates and tax litigation with the National Tax Agency and Japan Customs. The group also advises on consumption tax, customs duties, tax investigations and tax controversies. Kawamura’s recent work includes advising a client on a tax audit by the National Tax Agency, and handling a Tokyo Customs audit case and a royalty payment issue for another client. The team acts for domestic and international multinationals, and noteworthy clients include Avex Group Holdings, Marsh & McLennan Companies, the Gemological Institute of America and HomeAway. Keitaro Uzawa and Kayo Ishikawa are key associates in the department.

Jones Day’s practice works closely with the firm’s M&A, IP, real estate and finance groups to provide advice on matters such as tax litigation, cross-border corporate transactions and transfer pricing issues. Koichi Inoue leads the group, which was recently involved in the tax aspects of PAG Asia’s sale of its 25% stake in Universal Studios Japan to Comcast NBCUniversal, and also regularly assists Japanese clients with the restructuring of overseas operations. The department also includes counsel Taku Osawa, who recently joined the firm from Yodoyabashi & Yamagami LPC, and associate Kyosuke Katahira, who regularly advises international clients on tax issues relating to corporate transactions.


Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in Japan

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure
  • NEW WHITE COLLAR CRIME BILL

    The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be “…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”
  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1). 

Press Releases worldwide

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to
  • Bär & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics on its IPO, the anchor investment by CMA CGM and its migration

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading third-party logistics companies, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 4 May 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 1.6 billion and generating gross proceeds of CHF 821 million, this is so far considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange for 2018. In addition, CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping group in the world, has committed to make a strategic cornerstone investment in CEVA Logistics by purchasing CHF 379 million of mandatory convertible securities which will convert into shares of CEVA Logistics once certain regulatory approvals have been obtained. Simultaneously with the IPO, CEVA Holdings, the former holding company of the CEVA group, migrated from the Marshall Islands to Switzerland by way of a cross-border merger with CEVA Logistic as the surviving company.
  • BAG: Employer not liable for harm caused by vaccine

    Employers who have flu vaccines administered within their company are not liable for any harm that might occur as a result of the vaccine. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, in a recent ruling.
  • Tax Update

    Cyprus Tax Department has announced that, as of June 1 st 2018 , the following taxes, not bearing interest and charges, can ONLY be paid via JCCsmart (website www.jccsmart.com.cy ) . JCCsmart is a Cyprus portal used to contact payments to various organizations including the Government. This measure follows the successful implementation of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax withheld from employees through JCCsmart.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises on the Financing of the Largest Thermoelectric Plant in Latin America

    Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) has successfully issued bonds for approx. USD 1 billion equivalent in local currency at a fixed, long-term rate in international capital markets. The innovative bond issue is guaranteed by the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV), the export credit agency of Switzerland. The bonds are part of a financial package to finance the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant by CELSE in the state of Sergipe in the northeast region of Brazil. Besides the bond issue for approx. USD 1 billion, the transaction includes a USD 200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and a financial package of the Inter-American Development Bank in the amount of approx. USD 300 million. Once operational expected for in 2020, CELSE will sell electricity to 26 distribution companies in Brazil, becoming the largest and most efficient thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • BAG: Threats made by employee can justify dismissal with immediate effect

    Employers do not have to accept threats made by employees. These can constitute good cause justifying extraordinary notice of dismissal with immediate effect, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court.
  • SyCipLaw is Tier 1 Firm in IP STARS 2018 Rankings

    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was once again ranked by Managing IP’s IP STARS 2018 as a Tier 1 firm in Patent and Trademarks/Copyright in the Philippines. In addition, SyCipLaw partners Enrique T. Manuel and Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan are ranked as Trade mark star – Philippines . Mr. Manuel is also ranked as Patent star – Philippines .
  • Bär & Karrer Advises lastminute.com on Partial Self-Tender Offer

    On 21 September 2017, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting of the SIX Swiss Exchange listed lastminute.com N.V. authorized the board of directors to repurchase up to 33 1/3% of the company's share capital by means of a partial self-tender offer. The resolution adopted under Dutch law contained detailed information, among others regarding the period for which the authorization is granted, the manner in which the shares are repurchased and the price range within which the offer price must be set.
  • New Serbian Law on Foreigners Adopted

    In March 2018, the new Serbian Law on Foreigners was adopted, replacing the 2008 version of this law- in force until recently without any amendments. The new law will enter into force on 3 October 2018.
  • The Serbian Law on Foreign Exchange Amended

    On 20 April 2018, the amendments to the Law on Foreign Exchange (the “Law ”) were adopted and will enter into force on 28 April 2018 . Exceptionally, the application of certain provisions related to the assuming of competencies over foreign exchange control by the National Bank of Serbia is delayed until 1 January 2019.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vyaire Medical on its Acquisition of Acutronic Medical Systems

    Vyaire Medical, Inc., a global leader in respiratory care, acquired all shares in the Acutronic Medical Systems group, a Switzerland and Germany-based leader in the design and manufacture of neonatal ventilation equipment.