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Atsumi & Sakai

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London, Tokyo

CLIENT: A Japanese consultancy firm
TESTIMONIAL: Our company has undertaken successful PPP/PFI consulting for various public work projects, providing one-stop services from formulating basic plans, studying business methods, building business schemes, selecting business operators, and supporting the conclusion of agreements, to supporting business monitoring.  To resolve any legal issues necessary for providing our consulting services, our first stop is to consult with Ms. Niunoya, a senior partner at Atsumi & Sakai.  Ms. Niunoya has been supporting us on many advanced projects, including advising on the examination of applications for the right to operate the public facilities, etc. of convention facilities, and provides us with a highly reliable service.  Receiving legal advice from multilateral viewpoints has also contributed to increasing our competitiveness.

CLIENT: A leading European consultancy firm
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Atsumi & Sakai on a securities litigation-related matter.  The team was led by Bonnie Dixon. We highly valued the approach taken by Bonnie Dixon who has been able to help us to navigate through not only the Japanese legal system but also the local cultural environment.  Advice received from Atsumi & Sakai was to the point and helped us to make decisions on the case in the clients’ best interests. We appreciated the fact that Atsumi & Sakai and Bonnie Dixon were flexible with respect to fee arrangements.

CLIENT: A US-based company
TESTIMONIAL: Atsumi & Sakai assisted us with Japanese regulatory and transactional legal advice for corporate and securities matters. Bonnie Dixon, a senior partner and fluent in Japanese, assembled a legal team to advise us through complicated Japanese legal issues. Since we are a US-based company, Atsumi & Sakai also acted as our interface with a government authority and communicated regularly with our various Japanese counterparties. Ms. Dixon worked with the Japanese lawyers to properly frame complex legal issues and provided sound legal advice while carefully considering the goals of our business. The quality of legal services was excellent. We are extremely satisfied with our legal team and continue to be a proud client of Atsumi & Sakai.

CLIENT: A leading online foreign exchange trading provider
TESTIMONIAL: We are headquartered in NY and use Atsumi & Sakai for corporate transactional and Japan Financial Services Agency regulatory matters. Atsumi & Sakai provides thorough, prompt and accurate regulatory and transactional advice while always meeting aggressive deadlines set by our management.  They had great interactions with both Japan and New York based management teams and I highly recommend their services.

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