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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 advises on alleged violations of the Antimonopoly Act and merger controls. Cartel regulation and merger control expert Eriko Watanabe is head of the antitrust and competition practice group at the firm, which includes the talents of Kaoru Hattori and Koki Yanagisawa. Jun Naitoh retired from the partnership in 2012 but remains an active adviser.

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Japan: Banking and finance

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advised Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and SMBC on their acquisition of RBS’s aircraft leasing business. The firm advised on the consortium agreement, joint venture agreement, and provided assistance on regulatory issues under the Banking Act. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Nomura Securities. Fumihide Sugimoto is head of the firm’s banking and finance group, which includes PFI expert Takao Higuchi, finance specialist Shinichi Matsui, acquisition finance partner Jiro Mikami, Islamic finance expert Takashi Tsukioka, and banking and trade finance specialist Minoru Ota. Satoshi Inoue structures new finance products using trusts. Ichiro Oya, Masayuki Fukuda and Taku Umezawa are also recommended.

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Japan: Capital markets

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu represented SMBC on the issuance of senior bonds guaranteed by its New York branch; advised Sompo Japan Insurance on its issuance of 5.325% step-up callable subordinated notes due 2073; and assisted Sony Corporation on the issuance of zero coupon convertible bonds due 2017. Toshio Kobayashi is head of the capital markets practice group. Miyuki Ishiguro, Fumihide Sugimoto, Hidetaka Mihara, Tsutomu Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Ishizuka and Masatsura Kadota are all highly recommended. Ichiro Oya and Shinichi Araki are also experienced capital markets partners.

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Japan: Construction, projects and energy

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

At Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Minoru Ota’s environment and energy team advised ExxonMobil on the $3.9bn acquisition by TonenGeneral Sekiyu of the share capital of ExxonMobil Yugen Kaisha; and advised Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha on the acquisition of a 10% interest in the petroleum licences covering the Wheatstone and Iago gas fields located off the shores of Western Australia, and an 8% interest in the related Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas facility, by the joint venture entity PE Wheatstone. Feed-in-tarriff (FIT) system expert Takao Higuchi, Jiro Mikami and Kei Okubo are highly recommended.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has a market-leading reputation for its M&A and corporate practice. The firm advised Sumitomo Corporation on its joint tender offer for all common shares and share options issued by Jupiter Telecommunications Co. The firm also advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) when it sold its majority stake in Intelligence Holdings to Temp Holdings; and represented Sumitomo Corporation in its transfer of 50% of its shares in Jupiter Shop Channel to Bain Capital Group for ¥53bn. The firm’s outstanding corporate and M&A partners include Koichi Takeuchi, Kenichi Fujinawa, Tohru Nakajima, Hiroki Inoue and Shintaro Takai. Yuko Tamai, Tomohiko Iwasaki and Soichiro Uno are also recommended. IP specialist Masato Tanaka is head of the firm’s insolvency practice. Nobuaki Kobayashi has joined from Kobayashi & Associates Law Office.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

Norimitsu Arai heads the dispute resolution practice at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, which is currently acting for a chemical company in patent litigation; an infrastructure provider company in shareholder’s derivative litigation; an apparel company in employment-related litigation; private entities in tax litigation; and manufacturing companies in antitrust litigation before the court and in administrative procedures before the JFTC. The firm is also representing a client in an international arbitration with respect to the dissolution of a strategic alliance. The firm fields a talented team of dispute resolution partners that include Hisaya Kimura, Ryoichi Mimura, Seiichiro Umeno, Masahiro Matsuoka and Naoki Iguchi. Kenji Tosaki was promoted to partner in 2013.

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu represents companies in litigation involving patent and copyright disputes and in patent invalidity proceedings at the Japan Patent Office. It also advises clients in the area of IP-related transactions, including the negotiation of license agreements, technology transfer, and IP due diligence in connection with M&A transactions. The firm represented Samsung in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Apple at the Tokyo District Court in which Apple alleged that smartphones manufactured by Samsung infringed Apple’s patent in Japan. Kazuo Ohtake’s IP practice group includes Ryoichi Mimura, Yoshimi Ohara and Takahiro Yamauchi.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has advised clients on a number of issues recently, including employment-related regulatory compliance; redundancy and separation procedures; collective bargaining negotiations with labour unions; non-competition and non-solicitation covenants; and employment litigation. The firm is well versed in handling employment matters that arise from M&A. Hisaya Kimura is head of the firm’s impressive employment team. Jun Kanda, Norimitsu Arai, Hironobu Tsukamoto, Koki Yanagisawa, Yoshikazu Sugino and Masahiro Matsuoka are all recommended.

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Japan: Real estate

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu acted for Activia Properties on its global IPO and Rule 144A offering. The firm also advised GLP on the establishment of a real estate investment corporation in Japan and a global IPO with a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Kohji Morita is head of the real estate group. Naohiro Nishimura, Shunpei Tanaka, Mami Ikebukuro, Junji Yamanaka, Hiroto Inoue and Kenji Utsumi are recommended. Hisashi Hara has relocated to Singapore.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advised CapitaMalls Asia on its acquisition of a shopping mall in Tokyo known as Olinas Mall by using a special purpose vehicle. Naohiro Nishimura and Mami Ikebukuro, Satoshi Inoue, Ichiro Oya and Motohiro Yanagawa have extensive experience in this area of finance.

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Japan: Tax

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

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has a superb contentious tax practice, as well as a market-leading transactional tax offering. Yuko Miyazaki is head of the tax team. In a case that went to the Supreme Court, the firm represented Isuzu Motors in tax litigation disputing the validity of certain local tax ordinance, and successfully sought a refund of $20m. The firm also advised a major Japanese airline on corporation tax. Yushi Hegawa, Takashi Saida, Atsushi Fujieda and Shigeki Minami are all highly experienced in tax matters and dedicated to this practice area. Hiroshi Kaneko is also recommended. Special counsel Mamoru Toba is a former director general of the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau.

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