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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Fumihide Sugimoto

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Finance; Capital markets; Banking; securitisation/structured finance/trust; corporate governance/compliance; internal control/compliance; risk and crisis management


Associate at Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine in 1989. Seconded to SBC Warburg Tokyo in 1995. Became partner at Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine in 1996. Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu from 2000. Managing Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu from 2015.


Japanese, English


Tokyo Bar Association, Japan.


Waseda university (LL.B., 1985); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 1993).

Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals: bengoshi

Fumihide Sugimoto - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Within: Independent local firms

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.

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals: bengoshi

Fumihide Sugimoto - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Within: Independent local firms

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.

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Japan: Risk management and investigations

Independent local firms

Within: Independent local firms

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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