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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 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

The team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, headed by Eriko Watanabe, is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘extraordinarily responsive, providing strong substantive and practical advice’. Antitrust work undertaken by the firm covers sectors such as energy, financial services, telecoms, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. Kaoru Hattori is a ‘real star’, the ‘fantastic’ Yusuke Kaeriyama was promoted to partner, and Ryohei Tanaka is an associate to note.

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Ryohei Tanaka - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Banking and finance

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Highlights for Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu included advising MBK Partners on the financing for its acquisition of Accordia Golf, acting for BTMU as lender during Equinix’s acquisition of Bit-isle, and assisting Permira with the financing of its acquisition of John Masters Organics and Styla. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Nomura are also clients. Fumihide Sugimoto leads the department, which also includes real estate finance expert Mami Ikebukuro, Minoru Ota, Satoshi Inoue, Shinichi Matsui and acquisition finance specialist Jiro Mikami. Kazuya Ogawa and Yoshinobu Koyama were promoted to the partnership in 2017.

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s ‘incredibly reliable’ department ‘handles transactions with poise and precision’, and adopts a ‘highly commercial and practical approach’. Fumihide Sugimoto heads the practice, which includes the highly regarded Hidetaka Mihara and Shinichi Araki. Motohiro Yanagawa is the key name for structured finance deals and recently acted for Mizuho Securities and Mizuho Securities USA as arrangers in a cross-border asset-backed security transaction backed by auto loan receivables. Further mandates include advising on Honma Golf’s IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and assisting SMFG as issuer with a senior bond issuance.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Fumihide Sugimoto - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Hidetaka Mihara - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Miyuki Ishiguro - 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

Kenichi Fujinawa leads the practice at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, where Hiroshi Mitoma, Yuko Tamai and Kei Asatsuma are names to note. Mitoma recently led advice to Komatsu on its acquisition of Joy Global, and Tamai acted for NYK Line on its merger with MOL and K Line, combining their container shipping businesses. Further highlights include Keitaro Oshimo assisting Sompo Holdings with its acquisition of Endurance Speciality Holdings; Taku Umezawa advising SMBC on its acquisition of American Railcar Leasing; and Kei Okubo handling Clasonic Kansei’s acquisition by KKR & Co for ¥500bn. The firm’s client roster also features Panasonic, the Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Japan, Fujifilm, Permira and Lawson. Four practitioners made partner in 2017, while Yasuhide Watanabe joined Morrison & Foerster LLP’s New York office, and Ko Wakabayashi joined Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

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

Norimitsu Arai heads up the ‘leading’ department at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which ‘provides a truly great service, especially in terms of responsiveness and business acumen’. With a key strength in international arbitration, the group also handles litigation in the labour and employment space (a key area of focus of Arai), IP (through Ryoichi Mimura), and product liability and environmental tort matters (thanks to the experience of the ‘responsive and thoughtfulHisaya Kimura). Recent highlights include representing Tepco in a shareholders derivative dispute relating to the Fukushima earthquake and power plant disaster, and acting for multiple banks in a suit for damages against Olympus relating to the losses incurred by its filing of false financial reports. Further clients include Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, Samsung and IBM.

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 handles matters related to patent work, unfair competition, copyright and trade mark and design protection. The practice successfully acted for Japanese chemical engineering and manufacturing company Nichia against Tachibana Eletech in an unfair competition matter. Other clients include Alcon Research and Yamaha. Former judge at the Intellectual Property High Court Ryoichi Mimura is recommended.

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises major foreign and domestic companies on a range of employment matters, including compliance, contractual matters, compensation, redundancy and separation procedures, protection of personal information and various kinds of employment litigation. The practice is headed by Hisaya Kimura and includes Norimitsu Arai, who is also recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Norimitsu Arai - 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 department, which is jointly led by Shunpei Tanaka and financing specialist Jiro Mikami, ‘stands head and shoulders above the rest for project finance and energy work’. Terukazu Katsuyama advised several Japanese banks on the financing for the construction of a thermal power plant in Eastern Japan, Kei Okubo assisted JERA, a key client for the firm, with its purchase of several power plants; and Kiyoshi Honda handled Banpu Power’s IPO on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Takao Higuchi is recommended for energy and infrastructure projects, Naoki Iguchi handles construction and infrastructure matters, and Rintaro Hirano is a project finance expert.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Takao Higuchi - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Comprising ‘brilliantly talented experts’, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s 15-partner practice is ‘a clear leader for J-REIT work’. In a recent highlight, Masatsura Kadota acted for Nomura Real Estate Master Fund on its absorption-type merger with Top REIT, acquiring assets totalling ¥190bn. The group also advised Tokyu Land on the consolidation of three of its subsidiaries into one company which manages three separate J-REITs, and handled the establishment of a private REIT for real estate developer NTT Urban Development. Shunpei Tanaka leads the department, which also features Hidetaka Mihara, Mami Ikebukuro and Kenji Utsumi, who ‘consistently works at the highest possible level’. Yoshinobu Koyama made partner in 2017 and Kohji Morita retired.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu handles complex restructuring matters, working both on in-court proceedings and out-of-court solutions. The practice has ‘many distinctive bankruptcy lawyers’, including practice head Nobuaki Kobayashi and Yosuke Kanegae, who was promoted to partner; the duo were involved in the bankruptcy proceedings of Hanjin Shipping.

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Japan: Risk management and investigations

Independent local firms
Risk management and investigations: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

With a ‘brilliant team capable of handling detailed investigations and legal analysis’, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu provides ‘a highly strategic, reliable and professional service’, which clients ‘would recommend without hesitation’. Hideaki Kobayashi, Takayoshi Tao and Akihisa Shiozaki co-chair the practice, which is ‘a leader in the field for corporate regulatory and compliance issues’, particularly those with a cross-border element. Highlights for the ‘exceptional’ group included Shiozaki assisting Takata with its global strategy following multiple product defect claims against Takata airbags due to airbag ruptures and the subsequent product recall arrangement across the US, Asia and Europe. In other work, Kobayashi acted for Novartis Pharma in a regulatory and criminal investigation regarding alleged data manipulation issues surrounding academic research relating to its Diovan product. Eriko Watanabe is recommended for antitrust matters, Fumihide Sugimoto handles corporate governance and Takahiro Yamauchi is the key name for trade secret protection issues. Counsel Atsushi Iritani is also singled out for his ‘thorough attention to detail’.

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Japan: TMT

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises major Japanese telecoms providers and TV networks, as well as domestic and international internet, social media and gaming companies, in transactions, disputes and regulatory matters. The practice assisted Innovation Network Corporation of Japan with an exit transaction to sell all its shares in Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan. Itochu, Pioneer and Airbnb are other clients. Practice head Ryoichi Mimura, who has expertise in technology-related disputes and IP, is recommended, as is Soichiro Fujiwara.

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Japan: Tax

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Yuko Miyazaki heads the group at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which stands out for its tax litigation expertise. Recent highlights include successfully defending a Japanese entity of a US investment fund in the Supreme Court against allegations by the government that it purposefully avoided withholding tax by using the Japan-Ireland tax treaty. The firm also provided a multinational chemical company with anti-avoidance tax statute advice and advised a US IT services and software provider on Japanese VAT issues. Noteworthy names include Atsushi Fujieda, Yushi Hegawa, Takashi Saida and Shigeki Minami.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Atsushi Fujieda - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Yuko Miyazaki - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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