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

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Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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Edwin Whatley leads Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)’s tax practice, which covers tax planning, structuring, transfer pricing and litigation at a national and international level. Recent highlights include advising a US manufacturer on the tax structuring elements of an acquisition, and acting for Universal Entertainment on the tax issues relating to a high-yield secured note issuance. Ken Okawara leads the firm’s transfer pricing group, which includes the well-regarded Yukiko Komori. Shinichi Kobayashi is recommended for corporate issues and employee incentives, Ryutaro Oka is experienced in outbound matters, and Hideyuki Yamamoto focuses on tax litigation.

Makiko Kawamura heads the team at DLA Piper, which counts Tower Semiconductor, Groupon, VATit, Masimo Corporation and Skyscanner as clients. The team has notable strength in real estate-related matters, VAT, regulatory issues and tax litigation, with substantial expertise in cross-border mandates. Associate Keitaro Uzawa is a key member of the department.

Jones Day’s department works alongside various other practice groups, including M&A, real estate and finance, advising on the tax elements of transactions. The team often works closely with the firm’s global network on cross-border transactions. The team also has a contentious element to its practice, advising on litigation and tax audits. Koichi Inoue leads the department, which also includes associate Takako Yako.

Withers Japan, Zeirishi Houjin’s practice was established mid-2015 following the recruitment of department head Eric Roose from Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi. Roose splits his time between Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. The team has notable experience in multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions. Key individuals include Chizuko Tomita, who focuses on M&A, corporate tax restructuring and tax audits, and Takeo Mizutani, who assists clients with Japanese tax issues.

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