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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Among the elite Tokyo firms’, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto fields a team of ‘smart, practical attorneys who have sophisticated knowledge of international legal matters’. The firm recently advised Furukawa-Sky Aluminum on its merger with Sumitomo Light Metal Industries to form UACJ Corporation, involving a complex integration agreement between the parties requiring clearance from the JFTC, which was obtained without any conditions. Another highlight was the practice’s representation of Aeon in respect of its ¥1.3bn acquisition of Daiei, which was subject to a second-phase investigation by the JFTC. Hideki Utsunomiya is the name to note.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Mori Hamada & Matsumotoalways produces a high quality of work’. The practice recently advised Softbank on the ¥1.3 trillion bridge financing for the acquisition of 72% of the shares in Sprint Nextel Corporation. Takahiro Kobayashi is recommended ‘for his experience, knowledge and passion’. Other clients include Prudential Mortgage Capital Company and Mizuho Bank.

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Japan: Capital markets

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has ‘many excellent lawyers, who respond quickly and precisely to the demands of their clients’. The practice recently advised Japan Display on its ¥330bn IPO, and advised Suntory Beverage & Food, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings, on its $4.5bn listing and global IPO, in a rare instance of the parent-subsidiary status remaining post listing. Katsumasa Suzukigives precise advice in each situation’. Toru Ishiguro is also recommended.

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Japan: Construction, projects and energy

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto fields a sizeable team of 40 lawyers with expertise in energy, projects and construction matters. On the energy front, the practice recently advised Tokyo Marine Asset Management on a major solar fund transaction worth ¥13.5bn. It has also seen a rise in PPP projects mandates, and is advising Mitsui Fudosan on its RM335m joint venture to build an upscale outlet park in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

The 20-partner team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto combines inbound strength, which was enhanced by the opening of a new office in Osaka in April 2014, and outbound capabilities, particularly in light of its new Singapore and Myanmar bases. The practice recently acted for LIXIL Corporation on its acquisition of Grohe Group. Akira Marumo, who ‘knows his way around agreements’, led the team on that transaction. In another highlight, the firm acted for NASDAQ-listed Applied Materials and Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) listed Electron Limited in a restructuring and merger of equals of both companies into a new Dutch entity, which will itself be listed on NASDAQ and the TSE. Yuto Matsumura and Atsushi Oishi led on that matter. Bengoshi Satoko Kuwabara has been active on major work for Société Générale.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Mori Hamada & Matsumotoconsistently provides excellent service which is responsive and practical’, and its lawyers ‘communicate very well, and follow through with complete responses and good advice’. The team recently advised Tokyo Boeki Steel and Materials in Japanese court proceedings against a major Chinese bank over a disputed letter of credit. Harumichi Uchida ‘can be counted on to provide superior service and well-reasoned advice’. Kana Manabe ‘is a seasoned partner with great experience’. The firm ‘has many other excellent attorneys as well’, including Tsuyoshi Ikeda, Masayuki Atsumi, and Hideki Utsunomiya.

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Japan: Intellectual property

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a third tier firm,

The 10-partner team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, which includes key figures Takuya Iizuka and Yutaka Miyoshi, conducts a mix of work, ranging from trade mark and copyright matters, to unfair competition and product liability issues. It also handles cross-border and domestic patent and trade mark litigation, and technology licensing. The firm has noteworthy clients in the telecoms, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals sectors. Yuko Noguchi recently left the firm for an in-house position.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a second tier firm,

Chisako Takaya (who provides ‘clear-cut advice, and understands the client’s business demands’) is the significant figure at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s practice, which advises on investigations, restructurings and executive service agreements for large corporates in the retail, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The firm is also active in M&A-related employment matters on behalf of clients such as Micron and Applied Materials. Taichi Arai is another name to note.

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Japan: Real estate

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto fields ‘technically capable and sound lawyers whose fees are very competitive, response times are quick, and advice given is what the client needs to make an informed but quick decision’. The firm recently acted for Mizuho Bank in a large debt financing for an outlet mall construction project in New Taipei City. Hiroki Aoyama ‘is an intelligent lawyer who is very knowledgeable, appraised of market trends, works hard, and will ensure that deadlines are met’.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a first tier firm,

Mori Hamada & Matsumotoalways produces high-quality work’, and stands out for its ability to ‘identify risks and proposes solutions’. The widely esteemed Eriko Ozawa recently led on advice to Prudential Mortgage Capital Company on its ¥20bn non-recourse debt financing for Evergreen’s acquisition of Quraz. Takahiro Kobayashi is praised for his ‘experience, knowledge and passion’. Hiroki Aoyama is ‘a hidden diamond’.

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Japan: Tax

Within Independent local firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a second tier firm,

Atsushi Oishi’s team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto conducts tax planning on behalf of high-net-worth Japanese individuals. It also advises on M&A-related tax disputes, as well as the tax aspects of inbound and outbound corporate transactions. Yoshihiro Kojima is noted for corporate tax planning. Susumu Masuda, who handles finance-related tax work, and contentious tax specialist Kazuhiro Kanamaru are also recommended. Clients include Applied Materials and Hitachi.

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