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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

16TH FLOOR, MARUNOUCHI PARK BUILDING, 2-6-1 MARUNOUCHI, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-8222, JAPAN
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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 has ‘one of the best antitrust teams in Japan’, which advised JX Holdings and Showa Shell Sekiyu on widely publicised acquisitions in the Japanese oil industry; the former acquired TonenGeneral Sekiyu, and Idemitsu Kosan acquired 31.3% of the shares of the latter. Hideki Utsunomiya and counsel Tsuyoshi Ikeda are ‘excellent antitrust lawyers’, as is Kenji Ito, who has ‘cool-headed pragmatism’ and acted for Mitsubishi Motors during Nissan’s acquisition of 34% of its shares. Hitachi and FamilyMart are other clients.

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Hideki Utsunomiya - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Kenji Ito - 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

Masanori Sato heads the practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, which ‘stands out from the crowd for its knowledge of the market’. The team advises most major Japanese banks with notable examples including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Mizuho Bank, SoftBank, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking. Toru Ishiguro regularly advises financial institutions on regulatory matters, Satoko Kuwabara is the key name for acquisition finance issues, Hiroki Aoyama is a syndicated loan specialist and Eriko Ozawa handles real estate financings. Clients also single out Naoya Shiota, who ‘consistently goes above and beyond’, and the ‘smart, adaptable and responsive’ Akira Ehira; Ehira is the key contact for Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), which instructs him on all its derivatives transactions.

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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

As ‘one of the best firms in the Japanese market’, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for underwriters and issuers in a range of capital markets matters including IPOs, euro-convertible bond offerings, J-REIT formations and debt offerings, as well as handling compliance and regulatory advice. Recent work includes assisting SoftBank with monetising the outstanding shares of Alibaba, advising Kyushu Railway Company on the regulatory issues surrounding its IPO, and acting for Macromill on its global IPO. Hitachi, Mitsubishi and MUFG are also clients. Toru Ishiguro, Satoshi Nakamura, Katsumasa Suzuki and Taro Omoto are key names to note.

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Katsumasa Suzuki - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Satoshi Nakamura - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Toru Ishiguro - 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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is ‘the best in the Japanese market with rich expertise across all types of M&A and corporate activity’, and clients appreciate the lawyers’ ‘professionalism, pragmatism and commercial approach’. Satoko Kuwabara and ‘incredible practitionerGaku Ishiwata head the team; recent work for Ishiwata includes advising KKR on its ¥500bn acquisition of Calsonic Kansei, which combined a tender offer and a special dividend; and acting for Accordia Golf on its acquisition by MBK Partners. Other clients include SoftBank, Hitachi, MUFG, SMTB and Nomura. Further names to note include Satoshi Kawai, who handles private equity transactions; Shin Kikuchi, who is recommended for corporate governance matters; Koji Toshima, who focuses on securities issues; and acquisition financing expert Naoya Shiota, who ‘has excellent M&A skills and an ability to perfectly balance his advice’.

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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’s ‘pragmatic, professional and commercial’ group is jointly led by Mugi Sekido, who is recommended for international arbitration and litigation, and the ‘skilled and knowledgeable’ Kana Manabe, who has a niche strength in contentious antitrust issues. Other key practitioners include Koichiro Iida, Shinichiro Yokota, Shiho Ono and Yoichi Okuda; Okuda recently represented members of an underwriting syndicate in a dispute relating to the accounting irregularities surrounding the IPO of FOI Corporation and its subsequent bankruptcy. Eksportfinans, Tokyo Boeki Steel and Materials, and SoftBank are also clients. Junichi Tobimatsu left to establish Tobimatsu Law.

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Junichi Tobimatsu - Tobimatsu Law

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

Headed by Yutaka Miyoshi, the team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto focuses on IP portfolio management, domestic and cross-border IP litigation, IP-related transactions and trade mark prosecutions. Clients include leading Japanese and international companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences, automobiles and parts, telecoms and consumer product manufacturing. Atsushi Okada and Takuya Iizuka defended Hospira Japan in patent infringement litigation initiated by Debiopharm seeking an injunction against generic anti-cancer drugs. Former chief judge of the Intellectual Property High Court Ryuichi Shitara joined the practice as special counsel.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The ‘great’ team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto assists employers with employment-related compliance, transition and migration of staff, issues involving terminations and benefits, employment policies, trade disputes and collective agreements. Practice head Chisako Takaya is ‘very good at establishing a legal strategy for the client’, Shiho Ono was promoted to partner, and Yoshikazu Abe is a recommended associate.

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Chisako Takaya - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Yoshikazu Abe - 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

At Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, renewables expert Naoki Ishikawa led advice to Banpu Power on its acquisition of three solar power project companies; and Masanori Sato, Taro Omoto and the ‘highly valuable’ Shigeki Okatani assisted Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund and Ichigo Green Infrastructure Investment Corporation with their formation and listings on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Okatani is also highly regarded for his PPP expertise, Takahiro Kobayashi specialises in energy project financings and transactions, and Takeshi Mukawa regularly handles matters in Singapore and Myanmar. Senior associates Yusuke Murakami and Yusuke Suehiro are also recommended.

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Takeshi Mukawa - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Yusuke Murakami - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s team is ‘trusted fully by clients’, who praise the lawyers’ ‘complete understanding of the market and its players’ and their ‘reliable advice, which is provided quickly and efficiently’. The group has notable strength in real estate investment and financing; it recently advised Diamond Realty Management on the launch of a development fund for Japanese investors to invest in US properties, and acted for Ooedo Onsen REIT Investment on its IPO. Masanori Sato leads the firm’s structured finance practice, Eriko Ozawa is co-head of the real estate group, Takahiro Kobayashi and Shigeki Okatani lead the infrastructure team, Naoki Ishikawa is ‘brilliant for transactions’, and Yasuhiko Fujitsu is the main contact for J-REIT work.

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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’s lawyers have ‘in-depth understanding’ of restructuring law and are strong in out-of-court workouts. Soichiro Fujiwara leads the practice, while Ryota Yamasaki is an expert in both out-of-court and court-supervised restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. The team assisted Taisei Kiden Hambai with its restructuring, devising a rehabilitation plan and obtained necessary approvals from creditors. Airo Inoue, who advises debtors and sponsors on various matters, is also recommended.

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Japan: Risk management and investigations

Independent local firms
Risk management and investigations: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Key names at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto include Yoichi Okuda, who focuses on white-collar crime; Yasuhiko Fujitsu, who specialises in capital markets-related matters; and Hideaki Umetsu, who is highly regarded for his cross-border expertise. The ‘impressive’ group counts Obayashi Road Corporation and Japan Shogi Association as clients; Okuda acted for the latter in cheating allegations surrounding Shogi professional Hiroyuki Miura and his alleged use of smartphones and other electronic devices during the official Shogi games. The department also represented Broadleaf in an internal investigation relating to the misappropriation of funds by a former employee, and acted for Nittan Valve in an internal investigation surrounding accounting irregularities. Special counsels Keiichi Tadaki and Kotaro Ohno also receive praise; Ohno joined the firm in 2016 from a position at the Japanese Public Prosecutors Office.

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Japan: Tax

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

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

With ‘amazing knowledge of the industry and deep insight into its issues’, Mori Hamada & Matsumotois a key name for tax planning work’ at both a domestic and international level. Practice head Atsushi Oishi recently advised GCA Savvian on the tax planning elements of its merger with Altium, while Makoto Sakai acted for SoftBank on the tax issues surrounding the formation of the SoftBank Vision Fund. Clients praise Yoshihiro Kojima, whose ‘advice is always on point’; Susumu Masuda, who handles the tax elements of aircraft and ship financing transactions and private wealth management; and litigator Kazuhiro Kanamaru. Associate Hiroshi Oyama is also recommended.

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Atsushi Oishi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Hiroshi Oyama - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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