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Independent local firms

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

Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

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Atsumi & Sakai excels in assisting multinational corporations, knowhow providers and international law firms on data protection, privacy and social media matters in Japan. The client base includes IT vendors, financial institutions, fintech companies and network companies across key sectors such as electronics, telecoms, media, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and software and computer services. Practice head Chie Kasahara has extensive experience in patent and regulatory/compliance matters; his team includes Takafumi Ochiai, who was promoted to partner, and Hiroyuki Sanbe. The firm also has a dedicated innovation practice group, which is split into fintech and internet of things (IoT)/artificial intelligence (AI) sub-teams, advising on matters arising from fast technological development.

TMI Associates is well known for media and entertainment work but is increasingly involved in technology-related matters. For example, the practice is strong in AI, robotics and software and computer services matters. The firm recently advised ALE on contractual negotiations concerning its first shooting star satellite to be launched by SpaceX. Practice head Masaya Hirano and Kazuyasu Shiraishi are key contacts, as is Masakazu Iwakura, who recently joined from Nishimura & Asahi. Takashi Hatae and Takuya Yamago are up-and-coming lawyers.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles M&A, intellectual property, finance, antitrust, litigation and regulatory matters for clients across the technology, media and telecoms sectors. The practice advised eBook Initiative Japan on a capital and business alliance agreement with Yahoo! Japan and assisted Analog Devices with its $14.8bn acquisition of Linear Technology. Yoshikazu Iwase, who handles intellectual property and technology-related matters, is ‘a strong communicator’.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises major Japanese telecoms providers and TV networks, as well as domestic and international internet, social media and gaming companies, in transactions, disputes and regulatory matters. The practice assisted Innovation Network Corporation of Japan with an exit transaction to sell all its shares in Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan. Itochu, Pioneer and Airbnb are other clients. Practice head Ryoichi Mimura, who has expertise in technology-related disputes and IP, is recommended, as is Soichiro Fujiwara.

Ushijima & Partners assists Japanese and international financial institutions, ICT companies, retail operators, sport events organisations, manufacturers and pharmaceuticals with technology and IP-related regulatory matters and litigation. Practice head Hiroyasu Kageshima excels in issues related to IT system development, personal data, internet services, data leakage and defamation; he advised a number of companies from a range of sectors on the introduction of the amended Personal Information Protection Act. Shin Ushijima and Rikisuke Yamanaka are other names to note.


International firms and joint ventures

Index of tables

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

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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    • Graeme Preston - Herbert Smith Freehills

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)

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The ‘high-quality’ practice at Herbert Smith Freehills handles a range of inbound and cross-border M&A matters, as well as mandates involving cyber security, data protection, technology licensing rights, disputes and outsourcing. The practice advised SoftBank on a round of investment funding into Olacabs, India’s leading taxi booking service, as well as on a series F equity fundraising round in Grab, Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing and logistics services provider. Mitsui, NEC and NTT are other key clients. Practice head Graeme Preston is praised for his ‘very good business sense’ and ‘very reasonable advice’. Alexis Papasolomontos and Peter Godwin relocated to London and Kuala Lumpur respectively.

Morrison & Foerster LLP is specialised in technology transactions, including the transfer, commercialisation, development and exploitation of intellectual property. Media, telecoms and artificial intelligence are other areas of strength. Headed by Stuart Beraha, the practice assisted Toshiba with its global carve-out and $500m sale of its home appliances business to Midea Group, and advised Yahoo! Japan on its strategic partnership with the online advertisement company Sizmek. Other key clients include SoftBank and NTT. Seth Graham is a name to note at senior associate level.

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)’s services span the full spectrum of contentious and (mainly) non-contentious TMT-related matters, including advising on procurement, outsourcing, digital and social media, software and cloud computing, data protection and privacy, commercial contract negotiation, e-commerce, IP issues, M&A and fintech. The practice advised Mizuho Bank on its ¥1tn bridge loan to finance part of SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings. Sharp, Toshiba and Rakuten are other clients. Kensaku Takase leads the team, which includes associate Tsugihiro Okada.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer handles cross-border and cross-sector matters for international and Japanese clients, especially in the field of technology. Recent work highlights include advising SoftBank on its acquisition of the share capital of ARM Holdings; advising Siemens on the antitrust aspects of its €4.5bn acquisition of US-based Mentor Graphics Corporation; and advising MBG Holdings on acquiring a 49% stake in USJ by NBCUniversal Media. Practice head Edward Cole and Kaori Yamada, who was promoted to partner, are recommended.


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