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Atsumi & Sakai

Work +81 3 5501 2111
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London, Tokyo

Hisashi Miyatsuka

Atsumi & Sakai

Work Department

Finance, Corporate, Litigation, Arbitration, Insolvency, Business Revitalization, Risk Management, Innovation




Chuo Sogo Law Office, P.C (Osaka) (1996-2003)
Asahi Koma Law Offices (2003-2007)
Nishimura & Asahi (2007-2017)


Japanese and English.


Daini Tokyo Bar Association


Kyoto University (LL.B., 1994)
The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan

Japan: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Independent local firms

Within: Antitrust and competition – Independent local firms

At Atsumi & Sakai 'the advice hits all the right points to balance competition law and business risks' and 'truly exceptional' practice head Setsuko Yufu is noted for the 'depth of her understanding of Japanese and foreign competition law as well as her excellent relationship with the JFTC'. A team including Saori Hanada and 'up-and-coming star' Masayuki Matsuura is acting for a Japanese manufacturer in the landmark 'autoparts cartel' investigations launched by the JFTC and foreign regulatory bodies. Meanwhile, Tatsuo Yamashima – who is described as 'one of the outstanding antitrust experts in Japan' – is collaborating with Yufu and recently promoted partner Yusuke Miura to defend a major Japanese shipping company in investigations into a host of anticompetitive business practices by the JFTC, DoJ, EU and other entities. The group also advises clients on general compliance matters, internal investigations and merger clearance mandates in the context of M&A transactions. Recent team developments include the arrival of Hisashi Miyatsuka and of counsel Go Fujimoto from Nishimura & Asahi and of counsel Kohei Murakawa from Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Atsumi & Sakai has welcomed Go Fujimoto, Go Hashimoto and Hisashi Miyatsuka from 'Big Four' firm Nishimura & Asahi, as well as Akimoto Kawamura from Citigroup, further strengthening the practice. Global Infrastructure Partners engaged a team led by Hiroyuki Sanbe as Japanese counsel on its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in the wind and solar portfolios of Equis Funds. Meanwhile, dispute resolution partner Bonnie Dixon handled Advanced Energy Industries' takeover of Japanese manufacturer Trek Holdings. Also notable is Ashish Jejurkar's work for PayMate and its promoter pertaining to the regulatory aspects of the investment by Mayfair101. Miho Niunoya assisted a Japanese power company with its purchase of shares in a foreign project company established to develop a geothermal power plant in South East Asia. Further key contacts include senior partner Shintaro Hamasu and Masayuki Matsuura .

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Atsumi & Sakai covers a wide range of dispute resolution matters, including overseas class-action lawsuits, securities litigation, international arbitration and mediation, and criminal defence. Teruhisa Toyama is currently representing major institutional investors as plaintiffs in a suit seeking compensation for damages arising from misstatements in Toshiba's annual reports, and Kunihiro Sumida teamed up with senior partner Guohui Fan to advise a Chinese trading company on its JCAA claim against a Japanese automobile company; the matter related to the non-renewal of a dealer agreement. Meanwhile, in the Supreme Court, Kumpei Ohashi defended a woman before prosecuted for the death of her daughter. Bonnie Dixon is also highlighted for novel claims. The team recently strengthened its lineup through the addition of Go Hashimoto and Hisashi Miyatsuka from Nishimura & Asahi and Kenichiro Saito from a public prosecution practice; Tatsuya Fukui departed the firm.

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Japan: Tax

Tax – Independent local firms

Within: Tax – Independent local firms

Atsumi & Sakai's practice handles tax disputes and transactional work, advising clients on a wide range of tax-efficient financial and investment structures, M&A and corporate restructurings. Teruhisa Toyama jointly leads the team with Hisashi Miyatsuka, who joined from Nishimura & Asahi and also brings experience in litigation, labour law, and corporate issues alongside his tax expertise. The growing team also saw the addition of Norio Suzuki, who is a licensed certified public accountant with expertise in business rehabilitation and joined from City-Yuwa Partners.

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