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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 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s six-partner team is adept at advising Japanese corporates on large-scale matters, especially domestic and cross-border cartel investigations involving the JFTC and overseas regulatory bodies. Hideki Utsunomiya advised Hitachi on its global joint venture with Johnson Controls; and Kenji Ito is also noted as a strong figure in the sector.

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 is ‘one of the top firms’ in the field, and client favourite Hiroki Aoyama’s ‘knowledge and experience of LBO financing is impressive and he always proposes solutions that are easily palatable for clients, saving time and costs.’ The team acted for lenders Mizuho Securities Principal Investment and others on financing the LBO of Bushu Pharmaceuticals. Masanori Sato leads the team and Naoya Shiota, who was made partner in 2015, ‘is great to have in tough negotiations’. Toru Ishiguro and Satoko Kuwabara are recommended.

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, which fields an 11-partner team, recently advised Skylark, as issuer, and Bain Capital, the selling shareholder, on Japanese law in relation to Skylark’s global IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in August 2014. Other clients include Softbank, Hitachi, Suntory, Mitsubishi Motors, Recruit Holdings and Japan Tobacco. Katsumasa Suzuki is praised for his experience in securities law, and Satoshi Nakamura and Toru Ishiguro also have solid reputations.

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 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The main contact at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Takahiro Kobayashi has experience representing multinational banks, government-affiliated financial institutions, trading houses and independent power-producers on construction-related project financings. The team also demonstrates particular strength in solar power construction matters.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Takahiro Kobayashi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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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

The service at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is of ‘an excellent standard’, according to clients. Gaku Ishiwata and Satoko Kuwabara are the key practice contacts, and Kuwabara – working in conjunction with Shuhei Ichida – recently led advice to Panasonic Corporation on the ¥16.7bn sale of the outstanding shares in its Excel Staff division to Tempstaff. A key member of the tax practice, Yoshihiro Kojima is also noted for his familiarity with transactional matters, both domestic and cross-border. Regarded by clients as ‘one of the best lawyers at the firm’, Kojima recently advised Asahi Breweries on its acquisition of Enoteca. Satoshi Kawai is recommended.

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 is viewed as ‘a first stop for corporate and litigation advice in Japan’, and combines ‘excellent communications skills, high-quality work and extremely quick turnaround times’. The team represented Japan Post Bank along with major Japanese institutional investors in the Tokyo High Court in a litigation regarding damages caused by Seibu Railway’s misstatement in its securities filings. Tokyo Boeki Steel and Materials, Biccamera, and SoftBank Mobile are also clients. Practice co-heads Kana Manabe, Mugi Sekido and Junichi Tobimatsu are recommended. Kouichi Nanba joined the firm, having previously served as a chief judge of the commercial division of the Tokyo District Court.

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has a nine-partner team with significant experience in patent invalidation, trade mark prosecutions and litigation concerning employee inventions. The practice handles cross-border work, including licensing and technology transfer agreements. Atsushi Okada and Soichiro Fujiwara successfully defended a restaurant-guide app company in an unregistered trade mark infringement case filed by a competitor. Takuya Iizuka and Yutaka Miyoshi are also noted as stand-out figures. Shin’ichiro Yoshiba joined STW & Partners.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is ‘one of the best’ and demonstrates a ‘wide knowledge of the industry’. Department head Chisako Takayaprovides a clear view and guidance for the client’ based on his ‘deep knowledge and expertise’. Praised for his insight (he ‘thinks from several points of view’), Taichi Arai made partner in January 2014; he recently advised Hitachi on employment conditions and pension concerns arising from its joint venture with Johnson Controls. The department advises its domestic and international clients on issues such as regulatory compliance, staff migration and trade unions; and its members are also active in M&A-related employment matters.

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto recently advised Solar Frontier and Chopro on the development of a large-scale solar power plant via their joint venture, SPC. Other clients include SMBC, Mitsui, Resona Group, Mizuho Bank and Mizuho Securities. Takahiro Kobayashi is praised for his experience in solar-generated electricity projects. Takeshi Mukawa is also recommended.

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 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The team at Mori Hamada & Matsumotohas strength in depth representing borrowers and lenders in real estate financing deals’, and is ‘good value for money’. Recent work includes advising Mitsui Fudosan on a transaction involving the debt financing of the construction of a retail outlet park at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Masanori Sato and Eriko Ozawa are the practice co-heads, and Atsuko Matsui is highly regarded. Harume Nakano and Motoya Ishibashi joined Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

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 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts on behalf of debtors, creditors and financial advisers, and the insolvency practice also handles out-of-court workouts, pre-packaged reorganisations and foreign-appointed bankruptcy trustee work. Mugi Sekido and Junichi Tobimatsu are the key figures.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Junichi Tobimatsu - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Soichiro Fujiwara - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Masanori Sato heads the practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, which ‘never keeps clients waiting and always responds quickly’. Recent highlights saw Naoki Ishikawa advising Mitsui Fudosan on Islamic finance. Clients include Mizuho Securities, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and SMBC Nikko Securities.

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto provides a ‘quality service’ to clients, which include media and telecom sector multinationals. The firm fields nine partners across TMT litigation and transactions, with niche expertise in areas such as cybercrime. Yutaka Miyoshi, Atsushi Okada and the ‘excellent’ Koichiro Iida are all key practitioners.

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Japan: Tax

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is widely praised for its expertise, with clients saying they are ‘really happy with the service provided; the lawyers are very technical, and have vast experience and knowledge in the corporate tax advisory area’. Department head Atsushi Oishi focuses on wealth management, tax investigations and the filing of tax appeals. Clients include Sony, Hitachi, Softbank and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Licensed tax accountant Akihiro Yamada is ‘appreciated for his advice on international taxation, especially Japanese CFC (foreign corporation control) rules’.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Atsushi Oishi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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