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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The six-partner team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto excels in cross-border merger filing and handling investigations into cartels and other antitrust violations. Kenji Ito has been active in merger filings and with Hideki Utsunomiya advised FamilyMart on its integration with UNY Group Holdings. JFTC negotiations, dawn raids and appeals of competition authority decisions form part of the practice’s caseload.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hideki Utsunomiya - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms
Banking and finance: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto covers the banking sector comprehensively, providing notable strength in LBO finance, syndicated loans and real estate financings. The team acted for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) in its acquisition of a 20% stake in Security Bank, assisting with the Japanese regulatory elements. Masanori Sato leads the department, which includes syndicated loan specialist Hiroki Aoyama, Satoko Kuwabara, Toru Ishiguro, Eriko Ozawa (who focuses on real estate financings), and acquisition financing expert Naoya Shiota.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Masanori Sato - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Satoko Kuwabara - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Toru Ishiguro - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms
Capital markets: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s ‘professional services are excellent’, according to clients, making it ‘one of the best teams in the jurisdiction’. It handles transactions and regulatory compliance, and recent work includes acting as issuer’s counsel on the IPO of Japan Post Holdings and its subsidiaries, Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance, and advising SoftBank on multiple high-yield bond issuances. Katsumasa Suzuki is ‘a client-focused and creative lawyer’, and other well-regarded practitioners include Satoshi Nakamura and Toru Ishiguro.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Katsumasa Suzuki - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Satoshi Nakamura - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Toru Ishiguro - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Construction

Independent local firms
Construction: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Construction-related project financing is an area of strength for Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s Takahiro Kobayashi, who is regularly sought out by major banks regarding major energy projects. Infrastructure and PPP expert Masanori Sato is recommended for concession deals.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s ‘exceptionally strong team adds tremendous value to any deal’ and is praised by clients for its ‘quick manner, flexibility and excellent level of service’. ‘Tough negotiator’ Satoko Kuwabara led advice to Daihatsu Motor Co in Toyota’s buyout of the client via a share exchange. Kuwabara also advised Mitsui Life Insurance – alongside the ‘highly responsive’ Naoya Shiota – on its ¥335bn acquisition by Nippon Life. Gaku Ishiwata is a highly regarded key contact, and Satoshi Kawai and Shin Kikuchi are also recommended. Other clients include SoftBank, Hitachi and Japan Tobacco.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Gaku Ishiwata - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Satoko Kuwabara - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms
Dispute resolution: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for domestic clients overseas and assists international clients in Japanese litigation, regularly handling litigation with cross-border elements. Clients include Eksportfinans, SoftBank Mobile and Bic Camera. Mugi Sekido was appointed bankruptcy trustee for ERP Soft House by the Tokyo District Court, a matter which brought subsequent litigation relating to land value. Kana Manabe, Junichi Tobimatsu and tax specialist Kazuhiro Kanamaru are recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Junichi Tobimatsu - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mugi Sekido - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Intellectual property

Independent local firms
Intellectual property: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Litigation is one of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s core strengths, particularly regarding employee inventions and mandates relating to infringement and invalidity in patents, trade marks and copyrights. Yoshifumi Onodera – who splits time between Tokyo and Beijing – advised on various copyright transfer and licensing agreements. Other facets of the practice include trade secrets, data protection and providing ongoing advice on maintaining, protecting and acquiring IP rights. Atsushi Okada, Takuya Iizuka and Yutaka Miyoshi are noted.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Independent local firms
Labour and employment: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

At Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, practice head Chisako Takayaprovides a clear and steady way for clients to go’ for fixed-term employment issues, disciplinary measures, retirement disputes and other contentious matters. Domestic and foreign corporates retain the practice for a wide range of matters, including restructuring, staff migration and collective bargaining. The practice advised Bain Capital on transferring employees as part of its acquisition of Ooedo-Onsen Holdings. Taichi Arai is highly recommended, as is senior associate Yoshikazu Abe, who joined from Takai Okazeri Law Firm. Shiho Ono made partner and provides ‘clear advice’.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Chisako Takaya - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Projects and energy

Independent local firms
Projects and energy: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Key names at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto include Takahiro Kobayashi, who specialises in Japanese energy project financings, Masanori Sato, who is experienced in infrastructure and PPP, and Shigeki Okatani, who focuses on energy projects and PPP in the airport, toll road and water sectors. Kobayashi advised Mizuho Bank, BTMU and SMBC on the project financing of an LNG power plant. Other clients include SB Energy, Solar Frontier and Resona Group.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Takeshi Mukawa - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Real estate

Independent local firms
Real estate: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Masanori Sato and Eriko Ozawa steer Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s practice, which advises on investment transactions involving high-profile portfolios and multiple parties. In addition to acquisitions, leasing and property disposals, the firm handles investments for overseas properties, J-REITs, financing and fund creation. Naoki Ishikawa is highly regarded for transactions. Prudential Mortgage Capital, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Goldman Sachs Asset Management are key clients. Atsuko Matsui now works in-house at Coca-Cola East Japan.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Eriko Ozawa - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Masanori Sato - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Restructuring and insolvency: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto represents debtors, creditors and financial advisers in bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings. The Tokyo District Court appointed Mugi Sekido as bankruptcy trustee for Software Kogyo, which it advised on selling real estate assets and represented in litigation concerning missed mortgage payments. Ryota Yamasaki acted for Kimura Shokuhin in civil rehabilitation proceedings. Junichi Tobimatsu launched his own firm.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Independent local firms
Structured finance/securitisation: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s nine-partner team is active in derivatives as well as securitised and liquidated products backed by a range of receivables, including residential mortgages and credit cards. The practice’s workload extends to various transactions involving the securitisation of non-performing loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities and CDOs. Department head Masanori Sato and Naoki Ishikawa are recommended, as is real estate financing expert Eriko Ozawa. Mizuho Securities and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities are clients.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Masanori Sato - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: TMT

Independent local firms
TMT: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The nine-partner practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto covers a wide range of litigious and transactional work, from technology transfer agreements to data protection and cybercrime. Yutaka Miyoshi and Atsushi Okada acted in IP-related disputes for and against companies from the telecoms, hospitality, electronics and manufacturing sectors. Koichiro Iida is recommended.

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Japan: Tax

Independent local firms
Tax: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has ‘excellent knowledge, business acumen and customer service’, which, according to clients, allows it to ‘deliver top-notch advice’. ‘Exemplary business partnerAtsushi Oishi leads the practice, which has experience in cross-border and domestic transactions, corporate reorganisations, tax audits, investigations and wealth management. The team advised SMTB on the tax structure for the client’s acquisition of Citi’s credit card business. Other clients include the Ministry of Finance and Hitachi. Yoshihiro Kojima and Makoto Sakai are recommended for M&A issues and private tax matters, respectively.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Atsushi Oishi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Hiroshi Oyama - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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