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  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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