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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’s ‘stellar team has high levels of expertise and experience’ in industries such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and financial services. Former JFTC deputy director Eriko Watanabe heads the practice and ranks ‘among the premierJapanese competition law practitioners’. Koki Yanagisawa and Kaoru Hattori have ‘deep expertise’, as does Yoshitoshi Imoto, who is highly regarded for merger control, cartel investigations, leniency applications and JFTC proceedings.

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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 Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s team, which acted for the lead arrangers, Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and the mezzanine lender, Private Finance Initiative Promotion Corporation of Japan, in the project financing of the privatisation of Kansai and Osaka international airports. Newly promoted partner Rintaro Hirano led on this matter. The high-profile client roster also includes Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Noteworthy names in the team are Mami Ikebukuro, Satoshi Inoue, Shinichi Matsui and Jiro Mikami.

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

Fumihide Sugimoto leads the team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Also noted are Miyuki Ishiguro, who advised Sony on its global share offering, and Masatsura Kadota, who assisted J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley as underwriters of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance’s first foreign bond issuance. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Hidetaka Mihara and Shinichi Araki are well respected.

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s team works on domestic matters – such as office buildings and high-rise condominiums – as well as cross-border construction and infrastructure projects. The firm assisted a Japanese bank with the project financing of the construction of a thermal power plant. Key contacts include Jiro Mikami and Naoki Iguchi.

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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

Kenichi Fujinawa, who leads the practice at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, advised General Electric Capital on the ¥575bn sale of its Japanese commercial lending business to Sumitomo Mitsui Financial and Leasing Company. Yuko Tamai and Hiroyuki Ishizuka are assisting Royal Dutch Shell with the sale of its equity stake in Showa Shell Sekiyu KK to Idemitsu Kosan. Hiroshi Mitoma and Kei Asatsuma are also recommended. The department regularly acts for a mix of listed companies and private equity firms, including Panasonic, Pioneer and Bain Capital.

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 is noted for its international arbitration strength, and several practitioners in the team have particular specialisms. For instance, department head Norimitsu Arai focuses on labour and employment issues, and Hisaya Kimura is experienced in international disputes, product liability and environmental tort. Recent highlights include representing Tepco in a shareholder derivative lawsuit following the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, and acting for several banks in a suit against Olympus to recover damages incurred following Olympus’ filing of false financial reports.

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s practice includes former judges Masato Tanaka, Ryoichi Mimura and Kenji Tosaki. The team successfully defended Kyowa Hakko Kirin in a patent infringement case filed by Teva Pharmaceuticals, which reached the IP High Court and Supreme Court. Outside of patents, the firm’s workload included unfair competition litigation, copyright infringement and trade secret protection. Shunji Matsuda leads in transactional matters concerning IP licensing negotiations, due diligence and e-publishing agreements. Kazuo Ohtake became an adviser.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

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

Management-focused Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu offers ‘good commercial advice’ to international businesses and their Japanese affiliates in restructurings, M&A-related employment matters, union relations and disputes. Under Hisaya Kimura, the ‘excellent’ department handles internal investigations and collective bargaining, as well as sexual harassment, non-competition covenants, unfair termination and trade secret litigation. Akihisa Shiozaki is adept in white-collar-related investigations, labour compliance and whistleblower cases, while Kimura undertakes workplace accident mandates. Masahiro Matsuoka, Jun Kanda, Norimitsu Arai and Koki Yanagisawa are highly regarded.

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

Shunpei Tanaka and Jiro Mikami (who is ‘a key player’ in project finance) lead Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s team. Rintaro Hirano led advice to Mizuho Bank and SMBC as mandated lead arrangers and the Private Finance Initiative Promotion Corporation of Japan as mezzanine lender in the project financing of the privatisation of Kansai and Osaka international airports. Takao Higuchi is well regarded.

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

The 15-partner practice at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is impressive for J-REITs. Hidetaka Mihara advised LaSalle Logiport REIT on its global offering, which issued over a million new investment units inside and outside of Japan. Department head Kohji Morita leads hospitality sector acquisitions, Naohiro Nishimura has experience in real estate private equity funds, and Hiroto Inoue’s workload includes fund and securitisation matters. Mitsui Fudosan and Shimizu are key clients.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Restructuring and insolvency: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Highlights for Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu included representing Mt Gox in bankruptcy proceedings and advising Delta Air Lines on making an offer to invest in the bankrupt Skymark Airlines. Counsel Yosuke Kanegae joined from Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners and excels in voluntary liquidation and cross-border matters. Department head Nobuaki Kobayashi is recommended for corporate reorganisations, in-court restructuring proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

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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’s team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advised Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on the first notes to be issued under a structured covered bonds issuance programme. Motohiro Yanagawa was active in cross-border asset-backed securities transactions involving the securitisation of numerous receivables, including credit cards and mortgage loans. Also recommended are Naohiro Nishimura, Satoshi Inoue and newly promoted partner Rintaro Hirano.

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Japan: TMT

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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.

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Japan: Tax

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is noted for its strength in contentious tax matters, and successfully represented Honda in transfer pricing litigation. Other clients include IBM and Johnson Controls. Yuko Miyazaki leads the department, which also includes the highly regarded Atsushi Fujieda and Yushi Hegawa.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Atsushi Fujieda - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Yuko Miyazaki - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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