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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Nagoya, Osaka and 3 more

Hiroki Wakabayashi

Work 81-3-6775-1096
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune


Dispute Resolution; Restructing/Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Internal Practice


Admitted in Japan (1989), New York (1994).


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English


Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association.


Tokyo University (LLB, 1987); University of Chicago (LLM, 1993); Judge at the Tokyo Districy Court and another destrict court (1996-2002); Visiting Professor, The University of Tokyo School of law (April 2016-).                                                                        


Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Hiroki Wakabayashi (Bengoshi) - アンダーソン・毛利・友常法律事務所 ・ 安德森·毛利·友常律师事务所

Within: Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Hiroki Wakabayashi and Yoshimasa Furuta jointly lead the dispute resolution team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. Tsuburaya recently engaged the group to defend it in a US litigation filed by UM Corporation on the grounds it allegedly holds licensing rights to the 'Ultraman' drama series. In a privacy matter, Kei Akagawa was part of the team which acted for Google in an order of provisional disposition to delete the search results concerning arrest records associated with the claimant's name. Tetsuro Motoyoshi teamed up with Wakabayashi to represent a Japanese audit corporation sued by two investors alleging the defendant is liable for overlooking false statements made by a company in its annual securities reports. Aoi Inoue is another key name to note.

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure

    The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be “…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”
  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).