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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 2

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s workload includes international cartel investigations and merger control matters. The practice represents clients before the major antitrust authorities, including the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Commission, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Atsushi Yamada is representing Qualcomm and Bunka Shutter in two separate JFTC administrative hearings. Yusuke Nakano is strong in merger control filings, particularly involving foreign jurisdictions; he and Vassili Moussis assisted A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S and MSC Mediterranean Shipping with file amendments to their notifications under the Maritime Transportation Act of Japan. Other clients include Marriott International and Samsung Electronics. Takeshi Suzuki has been promoted to partner and Yoshiharu Usuki is a key associate.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yusuke Nakano - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (within independent local firms)

Vassili Moussis - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Yoshiharu Usuki - 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

The ‘hardworking, practical and always available’ team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsunehas the complete trust of lenders’ and advises on the full gamut of banking issues including corporate and syndicated loans, secured transactions, asset finance, structured finance and regulatory issues. Key practitioners include Isao Shindo, who is recommended for securities, asset management and insurance matters; Kunihiko Morishita, who advises domestic and international banks; Hiroaki Takahashi, who handles structured finance work; and Satoshi Inoue, who is the main contact for leveraged finance and private equity mandates. Masaakira Kitazawa, international finance specialist Tatsu Katayama, securitisation expert Kazuaki Nagai, Ko Hanamizu, who focuses on corporate finance, Tetsuya Itoh and Takaharu Totsuka are also recommended.

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Hiroaki Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Kazuaki Nagai - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Masaakira Kitazawa - 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

At Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, noteworthy names include Harume Nakano, an asset management and REIT expert; Tatsu Katayama, who is recommended for international mandates; and Hironori Shibata, a ‘calm and friendly practitioner, who knows exactly when to fight his corner’ and ‘a great advocate who always gives the clearest and most practical advice’. The team acts on outbound and inbound transactions with notable expertise in samurai bonds, J-REITs, structured finance issues and convertible bonds. In a recent highlight, the group advised NTT Finance on a $750m note issuance under a Euro medium-term note program. Shibata also led advice to JPMorgan Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities and Nomura as underwriters on Kyushu Railway Company’s global IPO, and acted for Japan Hotel REIT Investment on a global offering of investment units totalling ¥35bn.

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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 acts for Japanese and international clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Key names include of counsel Osamu Hirakawa, Kenichi Masuda and ‘star adviser’ Hiroki Kodate; Kodate recently assisted Japan Industrial Solutions with its acquisition of shares issued by Nippon Sheet Glass, and advised Obayashi on its ¥25bn acquisition of shares of Obayashi Road through a tender offer. Further mandates include acting for Cosmo Energy Holdings on its acquisition of the remaining shares in Kygnus, and assisting Sekisui Chemical and Inabata & Co with their joint acquisition of PT Cayman. Keita Tokura is recommended for hostile takeover issues, and Yoshimasa Dan is highly regarded. Ko Wakabayashi joined from Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and Takashi Toichi moved to TMI Associates.

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune provides ‘an exceptionally high level of service’ thanks to its ‘deep industry knowledge, professionalism and client-oriented approach’, which makes it ‘one of the top dispute firms in the country’. Hiroki Wakabayashi and Yoshimasa Furuta jointly head the group and are recommended for advising financial institutions and handling international disputes respectively. Clients also single out the ‘earnest and reliable’ Kenichi Sadaka, who leads the firm’s cross-border litigation practice and regularly advises on fraud issues, litigation relating to transactions and white-collar crime. The ‘excellent’ Shinji Kusakabe is head of the international arbitration team. Aoi Inoue made partner in 2017.

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Hiroki Wakabayashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Yoshimasa Furuta - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

The ‘unbelievably fast and efficient’ group at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune acts for clients such as Toyota, Muratec and Dunlop, and handles patent litigation, IP licensing and transactions, as well as in the filing of patents, designs and trade marks. The ‘excellent’ Yoshikazu Iwase, Yasufumi Shiroyama and Akihito Nakamachi are recommended. Wataru Shimizu, Masahiro Moriyama and Yun Li joined the practice from Ohno & Partners.

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

The ‘very reliable’ lawyers at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune have a ‘deep knowledge’ of the market and provide ‘very high-quality advice’. While assisting clients with the development of effective personnel management strategies in order to avoid disputes, the practice has strong experience in labour and employment litigation, especially in relation to claims of wrongful discharge and related compensation matters; defending Olympus, which was sued by one of its employees, is a case in point. Kazutoshi Kakuyama leads the practice, which includes ‘very smart and responsive’ associate Kensuke Otsuki.

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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’s areas of expertise include project finance and PFI mandates, infrastructure projects, and energy and natural resources matters. Tomoaki Ikenaga and Takashi Akahane jointly head the practice, which also counts finance specialist Reiji Takahashi, Hiroaki Takahashi and renewables expert Norifumi Takeuchi as key practitioners. Recent work includes advising Bruc Capital and Macquarie Group on their $101m acquisition of multiple Japanese solar projects from IBC Solar Projects, acting for BTMU, SMBC and SMTB on a credit agreement relating to the financing of Pattern Energy Group’s wind project in Shikoku, and assisting Shinsei Bank as arranger and lender with a solar project financing.

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Hiroaki Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Reiji Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Takashi Akahane - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s team combines ‘excellent’ cross-border experience, particularly on matters involving inbound real estate investments by foreign investors, with a strong practice in J-REITs and capital markets work to provide a ‘standout service’. Minoru Kobayashi, Naoyuki Kabata, Harume Nakano and Motoya Ishibashi are key names for J-REIT work; Nakano advised Sakura Sogo REIT on its IPO, and Kobayashi acted for the underwriters on the global offering of investment units of Daiwa House REIT. Clients also include Nomura, Japan Retail Fund Investment and Nippon Prologis REIT. Tetsuya Itoh handles transactions, debt restructurings and refinancing matters, and Tatsu Katayama regularly acts for financial institutions.

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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

The sizable team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has extensive experience across a range of restructuring matters, assisting distressed companies, debtors in court proceedings, equity sponsors, major Japanese and international banks, bondholders, hedge funds and insurance companies. Practice heads Hideyuki Sakai and Fujiaki Mimura are leading insolvency professionals; the former is acting as a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Tokyo District Court for AIJ Investment Advisors, a pension fund management company that has been subject to a bankruptcy filing by pension funds and some financial creditors. The team is also assisting publishing company Newton Press in its civil rehabilitation procedures. Other clients include Kikuchi Kensetsu and ITM Securities.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hideyuki Sakai - 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 handles M&A, intellectual property, finance, antitrust, litigation and regulatory matters for clients across the technology, media and telecoms sectors. The practice advised eBook Initiative Japan on a capital and business alliance agreement with Yahoo! Japan and assisted Analog Devices with its $14.8bn acquisition of Linear Technology. Yoshikazu Iwase, who handles intellectual property and technology-related matters, is ‘a strong communicator’.

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Japan: Tax

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

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles cross-border and domestic matters such as corporate reorganisations, transfer pricing issues, incentive plans, VAT, customs and duties matters and tax litigation. Eiichiro Nakatani and Koji Fujita jointly head the group; Nakatani is recommended for international tax and tax treaty matters, while Fujita regularly handles tax planning matters and the tax elements of corporate transactions. Kei Sasaki is also singled out for his tax expertise relating to financial products.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Eiichiro Nakatani - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Koji Fujita - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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