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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.

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