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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,

At Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, antitrust and competition law are focus areas. In 2013, Kazuhiko Takeshima, the former chairman of the JFTC, joined the firm as an adviser. The firm provided antitrust and competition law advice to Furukawa-Sky Aluminum Corp on its merger with Sumitomo Light Metal Industries. Harumichi Uchida is chair of the Japan Competition Law Forum and the chairman of the competition law committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. Kenji Ito was a member of the study group regarding enforcement of competition law at The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Hideki Utsunomiya currently serves as a member of the study group regarding international antitrust enforcement at the 21st Century Public Policy Institute.

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Japan: Banking and finance

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumotoprovides one of the best legal services in Japan in the area of financing. The lawyers are knowledgeable in domestic laws and their commitment to transactions deserves recognition’. The firm advised Renesas Electronics Corporation on a ¥258.1bn financing deal that consisted of two euro-denominated loans. Other clients include Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Mizuho Corporate Bank. Masanori Sato and Toru Ishiguro are highly regarded banking practitioners. LBO finance specialists Satoko Kuwabara, Akiko Sueoka and Akira Marumo and financial regulatory expert Yukinaga Kojima are also recommended. In addition Eriko Ozawa, Takahiro Kobayashi, Atsuko Matsui and Daisuke Oda have experience in this area.

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Japan: Capital markets

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is ‘first choice for issuer-side counsel’. The firm ‘has a good senior and junior mix’. It advised SoftBank Corporation in its issuance of $2bn US dollar-denominated senior notes due in 2020 and euro-denominated senior notes due in 2020; and advised the Japanese Ministry of Finance and Japan Tobacco in the global offering of shares of Japan Tobacco held by the Japanese Government and the repurchase of the shares by Japan Tobacco. Toru Ishiguro is ‘a legend’; ‘he is without doubt the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo’. Katsumasa Suzukiknows how to push deals forward’. Satoshi Nakamura is also recommended. Senior of counsel Tony Grundy has joined the firm in Singapore from Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi.

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Japan: Construction, projects and energy

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto advised SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation on the PFI agreement with the Ministry of Defense in relation to its subsidiary, DSN Corporation’s project to upgrade and operate Japan’s next X-band satellite communications system. In other highlight work, the firm advised Tokio Marine Asset Management on its mega solar fund, in particular, assisting on the establishment of a feeder fund and master fund, and on the negotiations and related agreements with the relevant landowners, electric power companies and investors. Takeshi Mukawa splits his time between Tokyo and Singapore. Masanori Sato and Takahiro Kobayashi ‘are the best Japanese lawyers in the area of financing. They have extensive knowledge, creativity and devotion to the project’.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumotodeals with a wide variety of cases and provides a very professional service’. It advised SoftBank Corporation on the $20.1bn acquisition of Sprint; and advised Micron Technology on its $2.5bn acquisition of Elpida Memory in connection with Elpida’s corporate reorganisation proceedings. The firm also advised Aegis Group in a recommended cash offer that enabled Dentsu to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued ordinary share capital of Aegis. In addition it advised Furukawa-Sky Aluminum Corp on its merger with Sumitomo Light Metal Industries. The firm has a vibrant M&A practice that includes the following highly respected partners: Gaku Ishiwata, Satoko Kuwabara, Harumichi Uchida, Toru Ishiguro, Masatake Yone, Satoshi Kawai, Yuto Matsumura and Hajime Tanahashi. For insolvency work Junichi Tobimatsu and Soichiro Fujiwara are highly recommended.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto represented Nippon Television Network Corporation in various copyright disputes, and represented a number of Japanese public pension funds, Japanese trust banks and former Japan post companies in relation to the securities litigation against Seibu Railway. Harumichi Uchida is a councillor at the Japan Association of Arbitrators. Since 2011, Mugi Sekido has been a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ working group on Unfair Deprivation of Profit and Class Actions. Junichi Tobimatsu taught traditional civil court practice at The University of Tokyo School of Law. Other notable dispute resolution partners include Yoshio Iteya, Yutaka Miyoshi, Yuko Noguchi, Atsushi Okada and Kana Manabe.

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto represented Buffalo in defending a patent infringement case where the infringement in dispute was of a registered exclusive license of USB devices, and the damage amount sought was ¥185m. Other clients include Moshida Pharmaceutical and Hitachi Koki. Yuko Noguchi ‘is a truly exceptional lawyer. In Tokyo, she is definitely the first choice for overseas technology companies’. Masayuki Matsuda, Yutaka Miyoshi and Koichiro Iida are all vastly experienced IP lawyers.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s labour law practice group is made up of both litigators and M&A specialists. It provides advice on areas such as compliance; changes to personnel systems; issues related to M&A and company restructuring; and dispute resolution. Chisako Takaya and Oda Daisuke are recommended.

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Japan: Real estate

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto advised GE Japan Corporation in its co-investment program with The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to invest ¥40bn in Tokyo office buildings. According to one client, ‘this is the best firm in this practice area’. Eriko Ozawa is ‘tireless and focused on client satisfaction’. Masanori Sato and Atsuko Matsui are also highly recommended.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is ‘good and supportive’. The firm advised the REIT manager, the trustee-manager, the sponsor and other sponsor-related parties during the IPO process and property acquisition of Ascendas Hospitality Trust. Masanori Sato, Toshifumi Ueda, Takahiro Kobayashi and Eriko Ozawa are all very experienced finance lawyers.

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Japan: Tax

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

At Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Atsushi Oishi and Yoshihiro Kojima are experienced tax specialists. The firm advised Micron Technology on the tax implications of its acquisition of Elpida Memory in connection with Elpida's corporate reorganisation proceedings. The firm also provided tax advice to SoftBank Corp when it made eAccess a wholly owned subsidiary through a share exchange. Akihiro Yamada has joined the firm as tax counsel from KPMG.

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