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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Akemi Suzuki

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Corporate/M&A; Restructuring/Insolvency; Energy; Pharmaceutical and Health Care; Data Protection and Privacy




Ms.Suzuki practices corporate and securities law, concentrating on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. She has represented numerous public and private companies in complex commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, divestitures, joint ventures and equity and debt financings. Ms.Suzuki has worked with both Japanese and foreign companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, Internet, media, communications, energy and life science.

Ms.Suzuki also has extensive experience advising clients on various data protection and privacy issues.

She is admitted to bar in Japan and New York. Ms. Suzuki’s recent publications include:Getting the Deal Through - Data Protection & Privacy 2017 Japan (Law Business Research Ltd, 2016) and Recent Developments in Japanese Insider Trading Regulations in the Context of M&A - Mergers & Acquisitons Law Guide 2013/14 (LexisNexis, 2013).


Japanese and English


Tokyo Dai-ichi Bar Association


Ms.Suzuki received an LL.B. from Keio University in 1999 and an LL.M. from Stanford Law School in 2006.


Travels and Music

Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu's practice and spans both inbound and outbound M&A transactions, corporate governance and joint ventures across a vast array of industry sectors. Danone recently appointed a group led by Akemi Suzuki and the firm's capital markets team to handle the sale of its shares in Yakult Honsha, reducing its shareholding from 21.29% to approximately 7%. Meanwhile, Yuko Tamai acted for Panasonic in its acquisition of shares in PanaHome thereby making it a wholly-owned subsidiary. In further highlights, Shuichi Nishimura was part of the multi-disciplinary team representing Bain Capital in its acquisition of Toshiba Memory through KK Pangea, an SPV set up with its affiliates; Hiroshi Tago collaborated with the antitrust team to oversee the merger of Ocean Network Express, Mitsui OSK Lines and client NYK; and M&A specialist Soichiro Fujiwara assisted Shire with Takeda Pharmaceutical's acquisition of its entire ordinary share capital. Strengthening the team, Keiji Tonomura was recently promoted to partner.

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Independent local firms

Within: Projects and energy – Independent local firms

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu entrusts its projects and energy offering to Shunpei Tanaka and Jiro Mikami, and recently bolstered its lineup through the promotion to partner of Hiroshi Fujiwara and financing specialist Shinichiro Horaguchi. In recent highlights, Akemi Suzuki and Rintaro Hirano represented GE Energy Financial Services in forming its first solar energy fund. Terukazu Katsuyama, acting on behalf of several Japanese banks, oversaw the project financing aspects of the construction of a wind power plant in southern Japan and also acted for the Development Bank of Japan in the financing of a biomass plant in Chiba. JERA appointed a team led by Kei Okubo to draft PPAs and EPC contracts related to a number of power plants, and Kiyoshi Honda provides ongoing counsel to an electricity and gas retail business in Japan. Also notable is Takao Higuchi who has considerable experience in PFI and PPP issue and banking mandates.

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

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  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

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    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).