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Atsumi & Sakai

FUKOKU SEIMEI BUILDING, 2-2-2 UCHISAIWAICHO, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-0011, JAPAN
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Work +81 3 5501 2111
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Fax +81 3 5501 2211
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www.aplaw.jp
London, Tokyo

Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Atsumi & Sakai

The team at Atsumi & Sakai has ‘extensive knowledge and experience’ with regards to domestic and cross-border antitrust matters for clients across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, energy and transport. Practice head Setsuko Yufuunderstands European business culture very well’ and is ‘a star in the field’ with ‘a hands-on approach and a strategic mind’. Saori Hanada and Tatsuo Yamashima are also recommended as ‘very bright, highly responsive and easy to work with’.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Setsuko Yufu - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms
Banking and finance: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Atsumi & Sakai

At Atsumi & Sakai, the ‘excellent’ group acts for major banks and securities companies, listed corporates, ECAs and technology businesses at a domestic and international level. Hiroo Atsumi heads up the practice, Yutaka Sakai is the key name for project finance matters, Hiroyuki Nezu regularly handles asset-based lending issues, Keita Imaizumi acts on cross-border financings, and Michiaki Hosoi advises on energy projects. The firm also fields a fintech team, which is led by Yuri Suzuki and includes Takafumi Ochiai.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroo Atsumi - Atsumi & Sakai

Hiroyuki Nezu - Atsumi & Sakai

Junko Ogushi - Atsumi & Sakai

Yutaka Sakai - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms
Capital markets: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is highly regarded for its strength in securitisation, and regularly acts for arrangers, investors and trust banks in a range of structured finance transactions. Managing partner Hiroo Atsumi, Toyoki Emoto and Yuri Suzuki are core members of the team. Other names to note include London-based Ryuichi Nozaki, who regularly acts for Japanese financial institutions; securitisation specialist Fumiko Oikawa; Reiko Yoshida, who handles ship financings; and Yasuhiro Shimada, who is recommended for real estate finance mandates.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Bonnie Dixon - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Atsumi & Sakai

Eiichiro Hata heads the department at Atsumi & Sakai, which handles domestic, inbound and outbound M&A for a client roster spanning the financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, real estate and construction sectors. The team recently advised Hong Kong Wangsu Science & Technology on its ¥21bn acquisition of shares in CDNetworks. The 20-partner practice also includes Hiroyuki Nezu, who handles corporate governance matters; Ryuichi Nozaki, who is based in the firm’s London office; Masataka Hayakawa, who focuses on corporate regulatory and compliance work; Yuri Suzuki and Hiroyuki Sanbe.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms
Dispute resolution: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Atsumi & Sakai

Recent highlights for Atsumi & Sakai include representing 62 non-Japanese institutional investors and pension funds in a damages claim arising from the high-profile 2011 Olympus scandal, and acting for CAICA in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (SESC) accusing the client of making false statements in its annual securities reports. Tatsuya Fukui and Toyoki Emoto jointly lead the department, which advises domestic and international clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Kunihiro Sumida is recommended for labour disputes, London-based Ryuichi Nozaki handles international litigation, Masataka Hayakawa is the key name for corporate regulatory compliance issues and investigations, and Teruhisa Toyama is experienced in securities litigation.

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Japan: Intellectual property

Independent local firms
Intellectual property: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai advises Japanese and multinational companies on trade mark registrations, license agreements, protection of IP rights and patent infringements. The practice is headed by Chie Kasahara.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Headed by Kunihiro Sumida, Atsumi & Sakai’s team advises domestic and foreign companies on termination schemes in Japan, immigration-related issues and matters arising from cross-border transactions. The practice recently handled cases focusing on the treatment of foreign employees, harassment and pay increases. Tatsuo Yamashima and Bonnie Dixon are also recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kunihiro Sumida - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Projects and energy

Independent local firms
Projects and energy: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Atsumi & Sakai

With substantial project finance expertise, Atsumi & Sakai’s team is jointly led by ‘incredibly helpful’ PFI expert Miho Niunoya, energy specialist Takeshi Takahashi and Yuko Nihonmatsu, who regularly handles infrastructure projects. In a recent matter, Niunoya and Shuji Koyama acted for Mitsubishi Research Institute and Yokohama City on a PFI project to build a convention centre and hotel in the city. Further mandates saw solar expert Yutaka Sakai advising Photovolt Development Partners on the development of a photovoltaic power plant in Ukujima, and Niunoya and Nihonmatsu assisting the Japan Research Institute and Maebashi City with a PPP project to build entertainment and sightseeing facilities.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Michiaki Hosoi - Atsumi & Sakai

Miho Niunoya - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai’s client roster features global investment banks, real estate developers, sponsors, REITs, fund managers and government agencies, which the team advises on a wide range of issues. It is highly regarded for cross-border work and has an ‘outstanding structured finance practice’, making it a key name for international real estate finance matters and investment structuring. Practice co-head Russell Kawahara regularly handles US-Japan matters, TMK bond issuances, and advises on commercial, residential, retail, hotel and resort properties. Miho Niunoya, who leads the practice alongside Kawahara, acts on PFI/PPP and construction projects. Shuji Koyama, Eiichiro Hata and real estate finance expert Yasuhiro Shimada are also recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Miho Niunoya - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Risk management and investigations

Independent local firms
Risk management and investigations: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai’s practice divides itself into two sub-teams: the business value restoration group, led by practice co-head Masataka Hayakawa, and the white-collar crime group jointly led by Hayakawa, Kumpei Ohashi and Teruhisa Toyama. Ohashi’s experience lies in criminal defence including fraud, cybercrime and felony cases, and Toyama is recommended for securities litigation and accounting fraud. In a recent mandate, Hayakawa and practice co-head Hiroyuki Nezu advised CAICA on an inspection by the SESC and accusations of false statements made in annual securities reports. J-Holdings and Ono Kogyosho are also clients.

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Japan: Shipping

Independent local firms
Shipping: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is strong in ship finance transactions and mainly acts for financial institutions. The client base also includes shipowners and trading companies. Yutaka Sakai is a key contact.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yutaka Sakai - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: TMT

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai excels in assisting multinational corporations, knowhow providers and international law firms on data protection, privacy and social media matters in Japan. The client base includes IT vendors, financial institutions, fintech companies and network companies across key sectors such as electronics, telecoms, media, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and software and computer services. Practice head Chie Kasahara has extensive experience in patent and regulatory/compliance matters; his team includes Takafumi Ochiai, who was promoted to partner, and Hiroyuki Sanbe. The firm also has a dedicated innovation practice group, which is split into fintech and internet of things (IoT)/artificial intelligence (AI) sub-teams, advising on matters arising from fast technological development.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Chie Kasahara - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Tax

Independent local firms
Tax: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai stands out for its experience in transactional advice, tax controversies and tax disputes, advising on tax-efficient investment structures, M&A issues and corporate restructurings. Clients include financial institutions, technology companies, banks and companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Teruhisa Toyama heads the department.

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