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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s tax practice covers inbound and outbound transactions, corporate reorganisations, international transfer pricing issues, VAT matters and regulatory advice. Koji Fujita and Eiichiro Nakatani lead the practice; Fujita focuses on corporate issues and tax planning, and Nakatani is recognised for his expertise in international taxation and tax treaties. Kei Sasaki is recommended for financial product tax issues. The firm also has substantial experience in tax litigation.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is noted for its strength in contentious tax matters, and successfully represented Honda in transfer pricing litigation. Other clients include IBM and Johnson Controls. Yuko Miyazaki leads the department, which also includes the highly regarded Atsushi Fujieda and Yushi Hegawa.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has ‘excellent knowledge, business acumen and customer service’, which, according to clients, allows it to ‘deliver top-notch advice’. ‘Exemplary business partnerAtsushi Oishi leads the practice, which has experience in cross-border and domestic transactions, corporate reorganisations, tax audits, investigations and wealth management. The team advised SMTB on the tax structure for the client’s acquisition of Citi’s credit card business. Other clients include the Ministry of Finance and Hitachi. Yoshihiro Kojima and Makoto Sakai are recommended for M&A issues and private tax matters, respectively.

At Nishimura & Asahi, Masakazu Iwakura, Kazuhiro Takei and Yo Ota head the department, which focuses on tax litigation and audits. Recent headline matters include representing multiple individual investors in tax litigation relating to whether a foreign business is classed as a corporation or a partnership, and assisting a Japanese pharmaceuticals company in a dispute regarding an in-kind contribution of a partnership interest. Other clients include Ralph Lauren and Burton.

The team at Adachi Henderson Miyatake & Fujita is recommended for corporate tax, and is led by Toshio Miyatake. Miyatake has substantial expertise in international tax mandates, and also has experience in tax litigation, audits, tax planning and transfer pricing matters.

Teruhisa Toyama leads Atsumi & Sakai’s team, which advises clients on transactional tax issues, and tax controversy and litigation. Clients of the department include financial institutions, listed companies and technology companies.

TMI Associates’ team stands out for its experience in fund-related tax matters, advising a range of funds and asset management companies. It also excels in corporate tax issues and cross-border mandates. Key practice members include Hidehiro Utsumi and Nobuaki Iwashina.

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