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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 1

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakaicombines knowledge and skills like no other’ in cross-border cartel investigations, merger control issues, AMA matters, domestic bid rigging and abuse of dominance cases. Senior partner Setsuko Yufu heads the practice and ‘has a very good understanding of European business culture and law’; Saori Hanada also has extensive knowledge in this area. JFTC expert Tatsuo Yamashima is ‘one of the top competition lawyers’, and Masayuki Matsuura is ‘very skilled and dedicated’. Atsushi Iritani is now counsel at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu.

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

Atsumi & Sakai has substantial experience advising on syndicated loans, and a strong asset and energy project financing practice. The department recently established a fintech team led by Yuri Suzuki, which advises financial institutions and start-ups on issues at the intersection of finance and technology. Clients include Nihon Dosan Kantei, Kabushiki Kaisha Kinzai and Mitsubishi Research Institute, the last of which Hiroyuki Nezu advised on asset-based lending issues. Hiroo Atsumi and Michiaki Hosoi are also recommended.

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’s team advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance on a catastrophe bond transaction, which was the first in which both yen and US denominated bonds were issued. It also assisted Daito Me Holdings with its common stock listing on the Taipei Exchange. Key team members include Yuri Suzuki and Hiroyuki Sanbe.

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Japan: Construction

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai advises clients in industries such as retail, healthcare and transport. Cross-border specialist Russell Kawahara leads the practice with senior partner Miho Niunoya, who is noted for PFI/PPP and construction projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Miho Niunoya - 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

Atsumi & Sakai handles cross-border and domestic M&A for clients in a broad range of sectors, including financial services, real estate and technology. Recent highlights include assisting Kengoo No.1 Investment Partnership with its takeover bid for MH Group’s shares. Hiroo Atsumi leads the team, which also includes Hiroyuki Nezu, 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

Tatsuya Fukui and Toyoki Emoto co-lead Atsumi & Sakai’s practice, which has ‘excellent diversity and a real commitment to the clients, providing trustworthy advice for a good price’. Recent headline matters include representing 62 non-Japanese institutional investors and pension funds in a claim for damages against Olympus following a high-profile securities fraud. Kunihiro Sumida is recommended for labour disputes, the ‘very reactive and highly energeticBonnie Dixon focuses on international work, and clients praise London-based Ryuichi Nozaki as ‘an ace lawyer, who is efficient and pleasant to deal with’.

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai handles cross-border patent infringement cases spanning diverse sectors, including chemicals, manufacturing and technology. IT-related matters and the registration, protection, use and licensing of model utility, copyright, design and trade mark rights are further strengths of the team. Practice head Chie Kasahara is recommended along with Kunihiro Sumida, who is noted for disputes.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Led by Kunihiro Sumida, Atsumi & Sakai’s practice advises the Japanese subsidiaries of foreign companies on a diverse range of matters, including issues arising out of cross-border transactions. The team handles dismissals through working on termination schemes and settling disputes via mediation. Sumida undertook disputes involving claims such as sexual harassment and pay increases. Hiroyuki Sanbe handles disciplinary actions and cases surrounding the treatment of foreign employees, among other matters. Bonnie Dixon is 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

Atsumi & Sakai focuses primarily on project financing, and is experienced in the areas of renewable energy, LNG, petrochemicals, mining and infrastructure. Yutaka Sakai, who is recommended for solar projects, led advice to Photovolt Development partners regarding a photovoltaic power plant. PFI specialist Miho Niunoya assisted Mitsubishi Research Institute and Yokohama City on several PFI projects.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Michiaki Hosoi - Atsumi & Sakai

Miho Niunoya - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Real estate

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Recommended for cross-border transactions, Atsumi & Sakai is adept at multi-jurisdictional investment structuring. Russell Kawahara is ‘great at bridging the East-West gap between Japanese and Western thinking’ and handles the acquisition and disposal of commercial, residential, retail and hospitality properties, as well as TMK bond issuances. Shuji Koyama, Eiichiro Hata and Yasuhiro Shimada are key figures.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Shipping

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Pre-eminent financial institutions instruct Atsumi & Sakai for ship finance work, and other clients include general trading companies and shipowners. LNG-related work, syndicated loans and advising on charterparty matters are among the practice’s strengths. Senior partner Yutaka Sakai, Reiko Yoshida and Takeshi Takahashi are recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yutaka Sakai - Atsumi & Sakai

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (within independent local firms)

Bonnie Dixon - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance on the first catastrophe bond to be denominated in yen and US dollars. Bonnie Dixon advised on the matter with London-based senior partner Ryuichi Nozaki. Since its inception, the firm has been heavily involved in residential mortgage loans as well as other asset classes, including collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) and bank loan receivables. Senior partner Hiroo Atsumi heads the practice and advises Japanese financial institutions and international investment banks on securitisation transactions.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroo Atsumi - Atsumi & Sakai

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Japan: TMT

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

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai formed a fintech group as part of its brand new innovation business support team, which comprises attorneys from a series of practice areas, including IP/IT, data protection and cybersecurity. Practice head Chie Kasahara handled data protection, regulatory matters and IT-related work. Kunihiro Sumida was active in IP, technology and software mandates.

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

Teruhisa Toyama leads Atsumi & Sakai’s team, which advises clients on transactional tax issues, and tax controversy and litigation. Clients of the department include financial institutions, listed companies and technology companies.

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