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Atsumi & Sakai formed a fintech group as part of its brand new innovation business support team, which comprises attorneys from a series of practice areas, including IP/IT, data protection and cybersecurity. Practice head Chie Kasahara handled data protection, regulatory matters and IT-related work. Kunihiro Sumida was active in IP, technology and software mandates.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s impressive client roster includes SoftBank, I-O Data Device, and Murata Machinery. The firm also advised Nintendo on entering into a business and capital alliance with DeNA, in order to jointly develop and operate gaming applications for smart devices and a new multi-device membership service. Yoshikazu Iwase and Akihito Nakamachi are well regarded.

The nine-partner practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto covers a wide range of litigious and transactional work, from technology transfer agreements to data protection and cybercrime. Yutaka Miyoshi and Atsushi Okada acted in IP-related disputes for and against companies from the telecoms, hospitality, electronics and manufacturing sectors. Koichiro Iida is recommended.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which recently launched a fintech group, advises on a plethora of technologies, including social networking services and cloud computing. Key figures include Ryo Okubo and Tohru Nakajima, an expert in regulatory, telecoms and internet-related issues. A recent highlight for Soichiro Fujiwara was handling Fuji Media Holdings’ investment into a company specialised in music channel and musical content distribution.

Ushijima & PartnersHiroyasu Kageshima excels in IT system development, internet service and data protection matters. The practice assisted companies from an array of industries with implementing My Number systems and information securities following the Personal Information Protection Commission’s decision to introduce the My Number Act.

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