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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

AKASAKA K-TOWER, 2-7, MOTOAKASAKA 1-CHOME, MINATO-KU, TOKYO 107-0051, JAPAN
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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune represents clients before major antitrust authorities, including the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), the European Commission and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Atsushi Yamada is well regarded for cartel, unilateral conduct and merger control matters, which is also a strength of regulatory expert Yusuke Nakano. Also recommended are senior foreign counsel Vassili Moussis and Hideto Ishida. The practice continued to defend Qualcomm in a JFTC proceeding relating to its alleged violation of The Antimonopoly Act (AMA). Other clients include Bunka Shutter and NXP Semiconductors.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hideto Ishida - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Yusuke Nakano - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (within independent local firms)

Vassili Moussis - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Banking and finance

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Key names at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune include Isao Shindo, who focuses on bank M&A, securities, asset management and insurance; Kunihiko Morishita, who advises on domestic and international banking matters and has regulatory experience; and Hiroaki Takahashi, who is recommended for structured finance work. The practice’s broad and varied client base includes international financial institutions, private equity funds, corporations and government agencies. Further highly regarded team members include Takashi Akahane, Tetsuya Itoh, Tatsu Katayama, Masaakira Kitazawa and Kazuaki Nagai.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroaki Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Kazuaki Nagai - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Masaakira Kitazawa - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Takashi Akahane - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Tatsu Katayama - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Tetsuya Itoh - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Capital markets

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune advises clients on inbound and outbound transactions, acting for both issuers and underwriters, and has substantial strength in samurai bond offerings, IPOs, convertible bonds and J-REITs. Recent work includes advising Toyota and Nomura as issuer and underwriter respectively on Toyota’s public class share offering, and acting for Nomura, J.P. Morgan Securities Japan and Morgan Stanley as underwriters on the Japanese elements of Sony’s global share offering. Noteworthy names include Harume Nakano, Minoru Kobayashi and Hironori Shibata. Hiroaki Takahashi joined from Davis & Takahashi.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Akiko Kimura - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Hironori Shibata - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune assisted Sumitomo Life with its $3.8bn acquisition of Symetra, and is advising Tokyo Kohtetsu on a tender offer for its common shares by Osaka Steel. Highly regarded team members include Osamu Hirakawa, who has experience in financing transactions and global offerings; and Kenichi Masuda, who focuses on cross-border matters. Keita Tokura is noted for his experience in hostile takeovers and corporate governance matters. Hiroki Kodate and Yoshimasa Dan are also recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kenichi Masuda - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Osamu Hirakawa - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Hiroki Wakabayashi and Yoshimasa Furuta jointly lead Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s practice. Wakabayashi represents financial institutions, and Furuta is recommended for international litigation and arbitration. The team defended a global internet provider in a lawsuit brought by an individual relating to commission allegedly generated from the individual’s web service, and also represented a British company in enforcing an arbitral award. Kenichi Sadaka is head of international litigation at the firm, and Shinji Kusakabe leads the firm’s international arbitration practice.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroki Wakabayashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Yoshimasa Furuta - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Aoi Inoue - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune houses widely regarded patent litigators that have additional expertise in trade mark, copyright and entertainment disputes. The firm is also strong in IP licensing and transactions. The benrishi handle patent prosecution proceedings and filings before the JPO. Yasufumi Shiroyama, Akihito Nakamachi and Yoshikazu Iwase head the team, which provides technical expertise in the areas of electronics, telecoms and pharmaceuticals, among others. Wataru Shimizu and benrishi Masahiro Moriyama joined from Ohno & Partners. Clients include Aktana, I-O Data Device and Murata Machinery.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Akihito Nakamachi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Yasufumi Shiroyama - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Yoshikazu Iwase - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s leading business immigration figures include department heads Kazutoshi Kakuyama, Hideki Thurgood Kanoh and Yukiko Imazu. Labour expert Takaharu Matsumura handles restructuring and business rehabilitation, union negotiation and wage and staff reductions. Yuhki Tanaka excels in M&A-related matters, particularly employment transfers. Nobuhito Sawasaki has deep experience in employment benefit schemes, pensions and data privacy, as well as labour disputes and redundancies. In addition to conducting litigation, the team also counsels businesses on developing strategies to prevent disputes.

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Japan: Projects and energy

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and has notable strength in project finance. Takashi Akahane and Reiji Takahashi are highly regarded. Highlights for the practice included acting for Sonnedix in the project financing of a solar mega-plant project, and advising New Kansai International Airport Company on selecting a business operator for the operation of Kansai and Osaka international airports. Norifumi Takeuchi is recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroaki Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Reiji Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Takashi Akahane - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Real estate

Independent local firms
Real estate: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune leverages its cross-border expertise in inbound real estate investments made by foreign investors. Minoru Kobayashi, Naoyuki Kabata and Harume Nakano are key names in firm’s substantial J-REIT practice, as are Ken Kobayashi and Motoya Ishibashi. Transaction guru Tetsuya Itoh handles refinancing and debt restructuring in real estate developments. Hiroaki Takahashi joined from the defunct Davis & Takahashi. Clients include lenders, asset managers and developers.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Minoru Kobayashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Restructuring and insolvency: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s Hideyuki Sakai routinely handles debt restructuring and cross-border insolvencies for financial institutions and creditor groups. He is distinguished in bankruptcy, workouts, civil rehabilitation and much more. Sakai and Fujiaki Mimura were appointed as bankruptcy trustees to AIJ Investment Advisors and Epcott, respectively. Additional contacts include Yoshihito Shibata, Yuri Ide and Hiroki Sekibata.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hideyuki Sakai - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is noted for structured finance transactions in all manner of assets, including real estate and loan receivables. The team advised Tohoku Electric Power on issuing ÂĄ50bn and ÂĄ70bn zero coupon convertible bonds. Hiroaki Takahashi and Tatsu Katayama are the primary contacts.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroaki Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Tatsu Katayama - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: TMT

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s impressive client roster includes SoftBank, I-O Data Device, and Murata Machinery. The firm also advised Nintendo on entering into a business and capital alliance with DeNA, in order to jointly develop and operate gaming applications for smart devices and a new multi-device membership service. Yoshikazu Iwase and Akihito Nakamachi are well regarded.

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Japan: Tax

Independent local firms
Tax: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s tax practice covers inbound and outbound transactions, corporate reorganisations, international transfer pricing issues, VAT matters and regulatory advice. Koji Fujita and Eiichiro Nakatani lead the practice; Fujita focuses on corporate issues and tax planning, and Nakatani is recognised for his expertise in international taxation and tax treaties. Kei Sasaki is recommended for financial product tax issues. The firm also has substantial experience in tax litigation.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Eiichiro Nakatani - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Koji Fujita - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Legal Developments in Japan

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