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Nishimura & Asahi

OTEMON TOWER, 1-1-2 OTEMACHI, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-8124, JAPAN
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Work +81 3 6250 6200
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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

The ‘excellent’ Kozo Kawai leads Nishimura & Asahi’s practice, which has been active in major cartel and bid rigging matters, including acting as global counsel to K Line in defending against cartel allegations. Kawai and Kazuho Nakajima advised Osaka Steel on a merger review relating to its acquisition of Tokyo Kohtetsu. Other clients include Japan Post Service and Idemitsu Kosan. Ryutaro Nakayama is recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kozo Kawai - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms
Banking and finance: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

Highlights for Nishimura & Asahi included Hiroshi Niinomi advising Oriental Land as issuer and Mizuho Securities as arranger on the issuance of stock acquisition rights and a subordinated term loan as an earthquake countermeasure, and Kohei Koikawa assisting Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha with a subordinated syndicate loan. Masaru Ono heads the department, which includes Masahiro Ueno, Shinichi Takahashi, Katsu Sengoku and Makoto Igarashi.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Katsu Sengoku - Nishimura & Asahi

Makoto Igarashi - Nishimura & Asahi

Masaru Ono - Nishimura & Asahi

Masahiro Ueno - Nishimura & Asahi

Shinichi Takahashi - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms
Capital markets: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

Key names at Nishimura & Asahi include Kohei Koikawa, who led advice to Dexerials and the selling shareholders regarding its global IPO, and assisted Nomura as lead manager of a samurai bond offering. Other clients include Comforia Residential REIT, Japan Airport Terminal and Daiwa Securities. Hiroshi Niinomi is experienced in the real estate sector; Yasutaka Nishikori and structured finance specialist Masaru Ono are recommended.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi’s ‘excellent’ practice has notable strength in cross-border transactions. Recent highlights include Kazuhiro Takei and Masaki Noda acting for Nippon Life in its purchase of shares in MLC from National Australia Bank. The department is led jointly by Takashi Ejiri, Koichi Kusano and Masakazu Iwakura. Iwakura and Kozo Kawai assisted Japan Post with its acquisition of Toll Holdings. James Emerson joined the firm as a foreign attorney from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Katsuyuki Yamaguchi - Nishimura & Asahi

Koichi Kusano - Nishimura & Asahi

Masaki Hosaka - Nishimura & Asahi

Masakazu Iwakura - Nishimura & Asahi

Takashi Ejiri - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms
Dispute resolution: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

Recent work for Nishimura & Asahi included acting for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in a lawsuit against Posco regarding trade secret infringement, and successfully defending Shimizu in a joint venture dispute in Indonesia. Hiroyuki Tezuka leads the practice, and along with Akihiro Hironaka is representing a foreign insurance company in a claim regarding a defective design of a Middle Eastern industrial plant. Other clients include Canon, Mizuho Securities and Nidec.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroyuki Tezuka - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi undertakes infringement and customs matters. On the transactional side, it provides licensing services and advises on IP assets. The team won a trade secret infringement suit against Posco on behalf of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal. Hiroshi Suga, Hitomi Iwase and Yoshiyuki Miyashita are key contacts. Clients include Burton Japan, Microsoft Japan and Asobisystem.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Independent local firms
Labour and employment: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi’s expertise include restructuring, reforming personnel systems, bankruptcy issues and M&A-related work. The firm acts for employers – which include Mercedes-Benz and Nidec – in labour-management relations, and disputes and litigation. Practice head Michihiro Mori advised ClassNK on setting up a committee for supervising foreign workers in shipbuilding. Hisashi Miyatsuka and Osaka-based Taisuke Igaki are key figures.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Michihiro Mori - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Projects and energy

Independent local firms
Projects and energy: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi acted for SMBC as lenders on the financing of a coal-fired IPP project in Sendai, and assisted Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation with a liability guarantee relating to the Yuzawa geothermal power project. Hiroshi Maeda heads the project finance practice; Tomohiro Sato and Takashi Saito are also recommended.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroshi Maeda - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Real estate

Independent local firms
Real estate: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Nishimura & Asahi

Domestically and overseas, Nishimura & Asahi advises on the disposal, acquisition, investment, leasing and management of properties. Instructions for Hideaki Ozawa’s team include fund formation, acquisition financing and land developments. Hiroshi Niinomi and Kohei Koikawa advised Tokyo Tatemono Private REIT Investment on its private offering. Norio Maeda is noted for restructuring distressed real estate asset investments and structured finance transactions.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Restructuring and insolvency: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi provides a full service to clients in relation to restructuring, bankruptcy and related litigation, including corporate reorganisation proceedings and voluntary liquidation. Practice head Hideki Matsushima was in the team that acted for an Emori Group Holdings in an audit, the structuring of a rehabilitation plan and rehabilitation proceedings.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hideki Matsushima - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

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

Nishimura & Asahi

As well as advising on real estate securitisation, Nishimura & Asahi handled energy and transport sector lease and transaction financing. Kosuke Shibukawa acted for international banks in financing major FPSO projects. Masaru Ono’s practice assisted Tokyo Tatemono Private REIT Investment Corporation with the private offering of J-REIT investment units.

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Japan: Tax

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

Nishimura & Asahi

At Nishimura & Asahi, Masakazu Iwakura, Kazuhiro Takei and Yo Ota head the department, which focuses on tax litigation and audits. Recent headline matters include representing multiple individual investors in tax litigation relating to whether a foreign business is classed as a corporation or a partnership, and assisting a Japanese pharmaceuticals company in a dispute regarding an in-kind contribution of a partnership interest. Other clients include Ralph Lauren and Burton.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kazuhiro Takei - Nishimura & Asahi

Masakazu Iwakura - Nishimura & Asahi

Yo Ota - Nishimura & Asahi

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