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Japan: Corporate and M&A

International firms and joint ventures
Corporate and M&A: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo

With ‘a team that is keen to make an impact and go beyond the call of duty to make sure the deal succeeds’, Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo is ‘always pragmatic and hands-on, providing extremely timely, clear and concise advice’. Key team members include Wataru Kamoto, whose ‘professional attitude, deep insight and practicality is outstanding’; Jacky Scanlan-Dyas, who ‘stands out as sharp and hardworking’ and is ‘a great asset to have involved in any deal’; and Lisa Yano, who leads the firm’s US M&A practice and ‘quickly gets to the heart of the matter and proposes practical solutions’. Highlights included acting for Exelon on its joint venture with Japan Atomic Power Company, and advising PPG Industries on the $545m sale of its fibreglass operations to Nippon Electric Glass. Former practice head Rika Beppu recently left for Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho.

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Rika Beppu - Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

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Japan: Intellectual property

International firms and joint ventures
Intellectual property: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo

At Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo, the ‘level of service is superb’, with trade mark and patent work as areas of strength. The practice, headed by Lloyd Parker, has grown through hires at associate, senior associate and consultant level. Work highlights included ongoing advice to longstanding and key client Nissan on its global trade mark portfolio and strategy, which involves work across multiple jurisdictions; and ongoing representation of Merck & Co. in numerous separate patent litigation cases, including defending in patent infringement proceedings brought by Shionogi regarding the client’s HIV inhibitor product. Asahi, Sony and Panasonic also feature on the client roster. Frederick Ch’en is praised for his ‘great technical knowledge’ and ‘insightful guidance’, and Tomoe Takahashi is a recommended senior associate.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Lloyd Parker - Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo

Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Tomoe Takahashi - Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo

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Japan: Projects and energy

International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo

At Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo, practice head Joseph Kim is highly regarded for his expertise in cross-border investments, particularly regarding projects involving Japan and Korea. Elsewhere, he acted for JBIC on the financing of an IPP project in Vietnam. The team also advised Exelon on its formation of a joint venture with Japan Atomic Power Company: JExel Nuclear Company. Counsel Sean Conaty relocated to Tokyo from the firm’s Singapore office.

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    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).