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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Koki Yanagisawa

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Dispute Resolution; Employment and Labor Practice; Antitrust Practice; General Corporate; Risk and Crisis Management


Admitted in Japan (2001) and New York (2008); Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo (2001-present; Partner, 2011-present); Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York (2007-2008); Adjunct Lecturer, Sophia Law School, Tokyo (2009-2018); Audit and Supervisory Committee Member, Taiko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Osaka (2018-present)


Japanese and English


Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; International Bar Association; Japan Association of Arbitrators; Management Lawyers Council; Japan Competition Law Forum


The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2000); Columbia Law School (LL.M., Stone Scholar, 2007)

Japan: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Independent local firms

Within: Antitrust and competition – Independent local firms

Eriko Watanabe spearheads the antitrust and competition team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu which has been strengthened by the promotion to partner of Ryohei Tanaka and the arrival of former JFTC commissioner Hideo Makuta as an advisor. In recent highlights, Kaoru Hattori and Yusuke Kaeriyama teamed up to advise NYK on the merger of its container liner shipping business with Mitsui OSK Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to establish a new joint venture. Elsewhere, Yoshitoshi Imoto acted for several international clients, such as SK Holdings, in obtaining merger clearance from the JFTC on high-value M&A transactions. On the contentious side, the group successfully persuaded the trade commission not to impose a cease and desist order against its client – a US-based conglomerate – following a cartel investigation launched in 2016. Litigation partner Koki Yanagisawa is representing a major software company in proceedings filed by one of its customers seeking compensation for damages caused by alleged deceptive customer inducement during the transaction process.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu represents both domestic clients in international arbitration and mediation proceedings as well as international entities before Japanese courts in a vast array of practice areas, including intellectual property, employment, antitrust, product liability and construction. In recent highlights, the directors of TEPCO appointed a team led by Seiichiro Umeno, practice head Norimitsu Arai and Koki Yanagisawa to oversee its defence against a derivative action filed by shareholders alleging the clients failed to properly prepare for the 2011 tsunami and the ensuing damages caused by the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Kenji Tosaki acted for the trustees of funds who had purchased shares in Olympus and incurred losses after the discovery that the company had filed false financial reports. Hisaya Kimura is overseeing all litigation arising from autopart failures worldwide on behalf of a major Japanese manufacturer. Hiroyuki Ebisawa and Satoshi Hosokawa were made partner.

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Legal Developments in Japan

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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

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  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
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  • 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).