The Legal 500

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu acts for clients facing investigation for alleged violations of the AMA. Eriko Watanabe’s department is also noted for its strength in JFTC matters involving the Subcontract Act, and the Unreasonable Premiums and Misleading Representation Prevention Act. Key figure Yoshitoshi Imoto is highlighted for cartel investigations, merger control and leniency applications; and Kaoru Hattori and Koki Yanagisawa are also recommended.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms
Banking and finance: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Fumihide Sugimoto leads the sizeable team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, where recent mandates include acting for Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on its provision of 80% of the project cost (as a limited recourse project finance loan) for the construction and operation of a mega-solar project in the Iwate prefecture. Takao Higuchi led the matter, which was worth $71m. Ohki Mizuno and Kiyoshi Honda were promoted to the partnership in 2015. Jiro Mikami is a ‘top-quality lawyer’ and Shinichi Matsui, Mami Ikebukuro and Satoshi Inoue are recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Fumihide Sugimoto - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Jiro Mikami - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Mami Ikebukuro - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Satoshi Inoue - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Shinichi Matsui - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms
Capital markets: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Toshio Kobayashi is head of the 40-strong, 11-partner team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Recent highlights saw Masatsura Kadota lead advice to Japan Rental Housing Investments on its ¥40bn first global offering of investment units; he also co-led (with Kenji Utsumi and Atsushi Yamashita) advice to Consonant Investment Management and Invincible Investment Corporation on the latter’s ¥23bn global public offering. Fumihide Sugimoto and Shinichi Araki led counsel to underwriters Goldman Sachs Japan and Nomura Securities, on Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s ¥264bn common stock issuance. Hidetaka Mihara and Miyuki Ishiguro are well regarded.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Fumihide Sugimoto - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Hidetaka Mihara - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Miyuki Ishiguro - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Toshio Kobayashi - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Construction

Independent local firms
Construction: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Masato Tanaka, Jiro Mikami and Takao Higuchi are the key contacts at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, for which recent highlights include acting for Osaki-Kamijima on the construction of a ¥3.7bn solar mega-project in Hiroshima.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Jiro Mikami - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsuoffers excellent legal services and gives quick responses’; it also ‘understands companies well and has appropriate fee levels.’ The team – which is led by the well-regarded Kenichi Fujinawa – acted as sole legal counsel to the target company in Starbucks Corporation’s $1.2bn acquisition of Starbucks Coffee Japan via a dual tender offer transaction. Other highlights include acting for SMBC on its acquisition of Citibank Japan’s retail banking business. Kei Asatsuma, Takashi Miyazaki and Soichiro Uno are recommended; Tohru Nakajima and Hiroki Inoue also have strong reputations in the field.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroki Inoue - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Kenichi Fujinawa - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Tohru Nakajima - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms
Dispute resolution: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Norimitsu Arai, who has expertise in labour and employment litigation and corporate disputes. The team represented Samsung in a patent infringement litigation worth approximately ¥10m (in relation to smartphones and tablet computers) against Apple Japan, as part of a global series of patent disputes. Hisaya Kimura is ‘one of the top litigators in Japan – he is smart, thorough, aggressive, and a great strategist’; his practice includes international disputes, product liability matters, environmental tort and securities cases.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hisaya Kimura - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Norimitsu Arai - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Intellectual property

Independent local firms
Intellectual property: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Kazuo Ohtake heads Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s eight-partner team, which includes ex-Intellectual Property High Court judge Ryoichi Mimura. In conjunction with Masato Tanaka, Mimura represented Samsung in its high-profile patent infringement case against Apple. Ohtake focuses on patent litigation and validation proceedings for domestic and foreign clients, particularly regarding mechanics and semiconductors.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kazuo Ohtake - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Ryoichi Mimura - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Labour and employment

Independent local firms
Labour and employment: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu primarily advises company management and has particular skill in assisting international businesses, and their Japanese affiliates, with large-scale litigation. Practice head Hisaya Kimura specializes in cases involving work-related accidents, and Masahiro Matsuoka, Jun Kanda and Norimitsu Arai focus on transactional work, as well as litigation and union matters with Kimura. Akihisa Shiozaki is also recommended for internal investigations, whistle blowing and regulatory compliance; he recently acted for SanDisk on its internal investigation into significant trade secrets theft.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Norimitsu Arai - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Yoshikazu Sugino - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Projects and energy

Independent local firms
Projects and energy: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Shunpei Tanaka and Masato Tanaka are experts in natural resources and energy work, as well as construction, infrastructure and project finance matters. Recent highlights include advising the sponsor on the construction of a thermal power plant in northern Japan. Other lawyers of note include Takao Higuchi, Masayuki Fukuda and Kiyoshi Honda, who was elected to the partnership in January 2015.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Takao Higuchi - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Real estate

Independent local firms
Real estate: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Kohji Morita leads the well-regarded practice at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which includes 15 partners. The team acted for Nippon Healthcare Investment on the first IPO of a healthcare REIT in Japan, in a mandate involving properties valued at a total of ¥13.2bn. For GE Japan, the team acted on the demerger and divestment of the client’s residential real estate business, which comprised over 200 assets, to an affiliate of Blackstone.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Shunpei Tanaka - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Restructuring and insolvency: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nobuaki Kobayashi heads the team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. The firm was appointed as the bankruptcy trustee of MtGox, which operated the world’s largest bitcoin exchange. Kobayashi is ‘a leader of enterprise revival’.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Independent local firms
Structured finance/securitisation: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Fumihide Sugimoto heads the team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, where recent work highlights include acting for Mizuho Securities in a $288m cross-border asset-backed securitisation. Naohiro Nishimura and Satoshi Inoue are well regarded. Kiyoshi Honda and Ohki Mizuho were elected partners in January 2015.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Naohiro Nishimura - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Satoshi Inoue - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: TMT

Independent local firms
TMT: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is ‘well versed in internet issues’, telecoms, broadcasting and other media-related industries. Names to note include Soichiro Fujiwara, who has a ‘deep knowledge of the technology industry in Japan’; cross-border transactional expert Ryo Okubo; and internet and regulatory guru Tohru Nakajima.

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Japan: Tax

Independent local firms
Tax: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Yuko Miyazaki heads the five-partner team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which represents various clients across the banking, manufacturing, mass media and web sectors. Recent mandates include winning transfer pricing litigation for Honda on the basis of the residual profit split method. Atsushi Fujieda and Yushi Hegawa are also highly respected.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Atsushi Fujieda - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Yuko Miyazaki - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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