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Atsumi & Sakai

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

Kunihiro Sumida

Tel:
Work +81 (0)3 5501 2175
Email:
Atsumi & Sakai

Work Department

Litigation Insolvency PG, Corporate PG, International PG

Position

Partner (Labor and Employment, International Trading and Legal Affairs, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, Arbitration, M&A and General Corporate Legal Affairs)

Career

Partner at Atsumi & Sakai (2013-present); Hayabusa Asuka Law Offices LLP (April 2009-December 2012); Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office LLP (December 2003-March 2009); Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2001-2003); Doctor Sonderhoff Law Office LLP (2000-2001).

Languages

Japanese and English.

Member

Tokyo Bar Association

Education

Meiji University (LL.B., 1994); The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan; University of Kent (LL.M., 2007).


Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms

Within: Independent local firms

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

Within: Independent local firms

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

Within: Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kunihiro Sumida - Atsumi & Sakai

Within: Independent local firms

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.

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Japan: TMT

Independent local firms

Within: Independent local firms

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.

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