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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu handles a significant amount of antitrust and competition work, representing clients in alleged violations of Japan’s Antimonopoly Act, as well as advising them on merger control issues. Eriko Watanabe heads the team, which includes Kaoru Hattori and Koki Yanagisawa. Yoshitoshi Imoto was promoted to the partnership in January 2014.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu fields a team with a rich mix of expertise. Hiroto Inoue and Junji Yamanaka are well known for real estate finance, including J-REIT related financing, and Makoto Saito is expert in finance transactions concerning elder care facilities and hospitals. Motohiro Yanagawa is the name to note for structured finance. The team recently represented Mizuho Bank in a complex real estate securitisation matter, and advised Hulic Reit Management on the financing for the acquisition of a ¥101m real estate portfolio.

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Japan: Capital markets

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is many clients’ ‘first pick as Japanese law counsel’ on capital markets transactions. The practice’s expertise covers debt and equity issuances in Japan and abroad, and it recently advised Mizuho Financial Group on its Rule 144A/Reg S $1.5bn subordinated notes offering, which was the first Basel III-compliant issuance by a Japanese bank holding company. Toshio Kobayashi heads the team, which includes Hidetaka Mihara, Fumihide Sugimoto, Miyuki Ishiguro, Hiroyuki Ishizuka, and Masatsura Kadota. Tsutomu Hashimoto retired at the end of December 2013.

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Japan: Construction, projects and energy

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Recent highlights for Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu include advising Chuba Electric Power on its acquisition of an 80% interest in Diamond Power Corporation from Mitsubishi Corporation. The widely esteemed Tomohiko Iwasaki led the team on that matter. In another highlight, renewables expert Jiro Mikami acted for Chugoku Seira and a Thai investor on a ¥4.6bn investment into a solar project in Ōsakikamijima. Environment and energy experts Minoru Ota, Masato Tanaka and Hisaya Kimura are also recommended.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Kenichi Fujinawa leads the team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which is noted for an impressive Asian footprint that ‘helps it to stand out on cross-border work for Japanese clients’. Yuko Tamai and Ko Wakabayashi recently led the advice to Panasonic Corporation on the sale of its majority stake in Panasonic Healthcare to KKR.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Norimitsu Arai’s expanding team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is noted for the scope of the work it undertakes. Recent mandates include representing an electric device manufacturer in patent litigation, and a significant instruction by an apparel company in the contentious employment arena. Ryoichi Mimura, Masato Tanaka, Hisaya Kimura and Masahiro Matsuoka also have secure reputations in this field.

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Japan: Intellectual property

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a third tier firm,

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s IP practice conducts patent infringement litigation on behalf of consumer electronics, semiconductor and pharmaceuticals companies. Ryoichi Mimura is a former IP High Court judge

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Japan: Labour and employment

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a second tier firm,

Hisaya Kimura’s team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises on employee contracts, regulatory compliance matters, and collective bargaining negotiations with labour unions on behalf of corporate clients in the transport and manufacturing sectors. Masahiro Matsuoka, Jun Kanda and Norimitsu Arai are all significant figures.

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Japan: Real estate

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Kohji Morita’s team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu includes well-respected practitioners Hidetaka Mihara, Mami Ikebukuro and Shunpei Tanaka. The firm recently advised Aeon Reit Investment Corporation’s asset manager, Aeon REIT Management, on its ¥158.3bn global IPO of Aeon Reit Investment Corporation, which included a TSE listing. Terukazu Katsuyama was promoted to partner in January 2014. Other clients include Nomura Real Estate Master Fund and GLP J-REIT.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Knowledge and experience of derivatives are abundant’ at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which fields a diverse team of lawyers including ‘recommended’ structured finance expert Motohiro Yanagawa; Hiroto Inoue and Junji Yamanaka, who possess longstanding experience in J-REIT related financing; and Ichiro Oya and Nobuyoshi Inujima. The practice recently represented Citibank Japan in relation to the securitisation of credit card receivables in Thai entity AEON Thana Sinsap.

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Japan: Tax

Within Independent local firms, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a first tier firm,

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is valued for its skill in ‘very technical and complex matters’. The team has impressive bench strength, which includes standout senior partners Yuko Miyazaki and Atsushi Fujieda. It recently secured a landmark judgment in the appellate courts on behalf of Tokyo Star Holdings Special, in which it was held that the client does not fall under the definition of “corporation” for the purposes of Japanese tax law, thus nullifying a tax assessment made against the client. Mamoru Toba is a former director general of the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau.

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