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Nishimura & Asahi

OTEMON TOWER, 1-1-2 OTEMACHI, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-8124, JAPAN
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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

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

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is ‘the very top in the field, particularly for antitrust merger investigations’. Kozo Kawai heads the sizeable practice and led the advice to Nippon Paper during its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser NR Company’s Liquid Packaging Board business in the US; he also handled a large merger deal between Western Digital and Sandisk. Other clients include Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Furukawa Electric, Google Japan and Amazon Japan.

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

Masaru Ono leads the department at Nishimura & Asahi, in which, Takashi Ejiri, Takashi Yoneda, Masahiro Ueno, Shinichi Takahashi, Katsu Sengoku and Makoto Igarashi are key names to note. In a recent highlight, of counsel Nagahide Sato, Tomohiro Sato and Mikiko Soga advised Tepco, Mitsubishi Power, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Melco as sponsors during the project financing of an integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) IPP project in Fukushima. Further expertise includes advising on syndicated loans, trading derivatives, REIT matters and acquisition finance issues.

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

Kohei Koikawa is a key name in Nishimura & Asahi’s team; his recent work includes advising Nipro on its first issuance of euro yen convertible bonds, acting for Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities as manager of Société Générale’s samurai bond offerings, and assisting Central Nippon Expressway Company with its euro dollar bond issuance. The team also assisted Mori Trust Hotel REIT with its IPO, and advised Comforia Residential REIT on its follow-on equity offering. Hiroshi Niinomi, Toshihiro Takeshita and Yoshihiko Kawakami are other names to note.

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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 has ‘one of the best domestic M&A practices in the country’ under the leadership of Takashi Ejiri and Koichi Kusano, and has a substantial focus on cross-border transactions. Highlights included Kazuhiro Takei, Masaki Noda, James Emerson and Ayako Matsumoto advising Nippon Life on its acquisition of MLC Limited from National Australia Bank, and Katsuyuki Yamaguchi - Megumi Shimizu, Yasunari Sugiyama and Madoka Shimada acting for Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance on its business alliance with Hitachi Capital; Yamaguchi, Shimizu, Sugiyama and Shimada also assisted Yokohama Rubber with its acquisition of Alliance Tire Group totalling $1.2bn. Mark Tudor joined from an in-house position and is recommended for transactions in the energy and natural resources sector. Masakazu Iwakura left for TMI Associates.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Katsuyuki Yamaguchi - Nishimura & Asahi

Koichi Kusano - Nishimura & Asahi

Masaki Hosaka - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

Nishimura & Asahi

As ‘one of the firms at the highest level nationally’, Nishimura & Asahi fields an ‘exceptional’ team, which includes practice head Hiroyuki Tezuka and Akihiro Hironaka. Recent work for Hironaka includes handling a product liability class action, representing a client in international arbitration proceedings and acting in a domestic contract dispute. The practice also represented a Japanese pharmaceutical company in a tax dispute against the National Tax Authority and acted for GEO Holdings in litigation against its former directors relating to breach of directors duties. Sun Chlorella and Best Bridal are also clients.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroyuki Tezuka - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Intellectual property

Independent local firms
Intellectual property: independent local firms - ranked: tier 4

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi’s client portfolio includes Canon, Dentsu, The Asahi Shimbun, Molson Coors Canada, Stussy and Japan Radio; the practice successfully defended the latter in patent infringement litigation. Hiroshi Suga and Yoshiyuki Miyashita are key contacts.

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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 areas of expertise include terminations, employment litigation, restructurings and M&A-related matters. Practice head Michihiro Mori advised Takeda Pharmaceutical on a demerger, which involved the transfer of a number of employees to other companies. Other recent work includes assisting Yomiuri Television with negotiations to reach a so-called ‘36 agreement’ on overtime and holiday, and advising Tokyo Academy on a termination agreement.

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

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ practice at Nishimura & Asahi included advising BCPG on its acquisition of all of the Japanese solar business and assets of SunEdison, acting for Tepco, Mitsubishi Power, MHI and Melco as project sponsors for the financing of an IGCC project in Fukushima; and handling the project financing of two gas-fired power plants for Kobe Steel. Noteworthy names in the team include Hiroshi Maeda, who leads the firm’s project finance group, Tomohiro Sato and of counsel Nagahide Sato, who focuses on PFI projects. Mark Tudor joined the team from an in-house position and leads the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroshi Maeda - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

Nishimura & Asahi

Hideaki Ozawa heads up the group at Nishimura & Asahi, which has recently acted on acquisitions, reconstruction projects, investments, developments and REIT work. Hikaru Oguchi and Vu Le Bang advised Route Inn Japan on its acquisition of hotels in Da Nang, Vietnam; Hiroshi Niinomi acted for Mizuho Trust & Banking on acquiring Simplex REIT and its affiliates; and Norio Maeda assisted Nishiki Holdings with its acquisition of a hospital and medical properties in Osaka. Kohei Koikawa and Toshihiro Takeshita are also names to note, particularly for capital markets-related matters.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Independent local firms
Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hideki Matsushima - Nishimura & Asahi

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Japan: Tax

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

Nishimura & Asahi

The team at Nishimura & Asahi focuses on tax litigation, structuring and audits, with recent work including acting for a pharmaceutical company in a dispute involving in-kind contributions and partnership taxation, and advising an international investment firm on the structuring of its Japanese business with regards to international tax. Shionogi & Co is also a client. Kazuhiro Takei and Yo Ota jointly lead the group; Ota recently represented an individual in a dispute relating to income tax. Tsuyoshi Ito and Masaki Noda are also recommended. Masakazu Iwakura left for TMI Associates.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Kazuhiro Takei - Nishimura & Asahi

Yo Ota - Nishimura & Asahi

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