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    • Graeme Preston - Herbert Smith Freehills

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At Herbert Smith Freehills, Graeme Preston is singled out for his ‘strong leadership’ of a ‘solution-oriented’ department. He focuses on non-contentious matters and recently worked alongside Alexis Papasolomontos to handle SoftBank’s investments into Beabloo and Trikomsel. Christopher Hunt took over from managing partner Peter Godwin as head of contentious work, and routinely acts in cybersecurity, enforcement, IP and TMT matters. NEC, Yahoo! Japan, and NTT DATA also feature on the client list.

The expertise of Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s team includes advising on structuring and negotiating technology-focused joint ventures and strategic alliances, licensing software, outsourcing, technology and content, and internet-related transactions. Stuart Beraha advised on Otsuka Holdings’ c ollaboration with ReCor Medical, which involved an investment made by Otsuka to gain rights to commercialise ultrasound renal denervation technology. Another standout matter saw Masato Hayakawa and Beraha advise Hitachi and Hitachi Appliances’ on forming a worldwide air conditioning joint venture with Johnson Controls.

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) created a new multidisciplinary fintech team with expertise spanning cybersecurity and financial services regulation and compliance. Gavin Raftery is a key figure and Kensaku Takase is esteemed for IT disputes, cloud computing and outsourcing matters, as well as software licensing, data protection, public procurement and escrow. Standout matters included assisting Hon Hai Precision Industry – which trades as Foxconn Technology Group – with its ¥389bn purchase of 66% of Sharp.

Recent mandates for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer include advising Intel and ABB on merger filing. Takeshi Nakao is the key contact in the practice, which also has Lenovo and Panasonic on its client roster.

Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise is experienced in data protection, compliance, electronic signatures, data transfers and corporate-related matters. Akira Nakazawa and Tomoo Nishikawa are recommended.

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