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TMI Associates

23RD FLOOR, ROPPONGI HILLS, MORI TOWER, 6-10-1 ROPPONGI, MINATO-KU, TOKYO 106-6123, JAPAN
Tel:
Work +81 3 6438 5511
Fax:
Fax +81 3 6438 5522
Web:
www.tmi.gr.jp
Shanghai, Tokyo

Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

TMI Associates is strong in matters related to monopolisation, merger control and abuse of dominance. Practice head Yusuke Kashiwagi advised UNY Group Holdings on its merger with Family Mart, while Hidehiro Utsumi worked on a number of cross-border matters across the EU, the UK and the US, advising clients such as Sumitomo Rubber Industries and DENSO. Koichiro Hanamoto was promoted to partner.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms
Banking and finance: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi’s department at TMI Associates welcomed Hiroyoshi Kuromaru from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) and promoted Shintaro Mogi to partner in 2017. Masaya Hirano and Jumpei Osada are also key names to note. Recent work for Hirano includes advising ASJ Inc. on the issuance of moving strike warrants for the purpose of an M&A refinancing and acting for Pixela Corporation on the issuance of stock warrants through a third-party allotment to Oak Capital. Osada advised on multiple ship financing mandates and Haruo Narimoto is recommended for structured finance issues. Katsumi Shirai left for Jones Day.

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms
Capital markets: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi heads the department at TMI Associates, which was bolstered in 2017 by the recruitment of Hiroyoshi Kuromaru from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise). Kuromaru is particularly noted for his samurai bond and uridashi scheme experience; he recently advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group on its samurai bonds offering, and acted for Daiwa Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, Nomura and SMBC Nikko Securities as joint lead managers on National Australia Banks’ samurai bond issuance. Hidenori Nakagawa and newly promoted partner Shintaro Mogi are also recommended. Katsumi Shirai joined Jones Day.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hiroyoshi Kuromaru - TMI Associates

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi - TMI Associates

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

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

TMI Associates

Masakazu Iwakura, Masami Hadama and Tatsuhiro Takahara jointly lead TMI Associates’ practice, which has seen substantial growth in recent years. Iwakura, Gyo Toda and Yoshiyuki Sato joined from Nishimura & Asahi in 2017, while Takashi Toichi joined from Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; four practitioners were also promoted to the partnership. The team has notable strength in the finance, IP and life sciences sectors. In a recent highlight, Takahara and Tatsuya Taniguchi acted for Tepu Probe during its acquisition by Powertech for ¥40bn. The team also advised Recruit Holdings on the sale of its shares in Yuko Yuko Corporation, and assisted Owl Creek with the $2.3bn sale of its shares in Universal Studios Japan to Comcast NBCUniversal.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Masakazu Iwakura - TMI Associates

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms
Dispute resolution: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

Ryosuke Ito heads up the practice at TMI Associates, which counts tax expert Hidetoshi Masunaga, insolvency specialist Mitsue Aizawa and Tomoki Yanagisawa as key practitioners and saw six individuals promoted to the partnership in 2017. In a recent highlight, Naomichi Chiba defended Yahoo! Japan in a case relating to whether the list of results in search engines violates privacy and reputation rights and rights to be forgotten. Further work includes defending Cremovision and Nihon EVE in separate patent infringement litigation and representing an individual in obtaining a provisional injunction. The team also acts for clients in the pharmaceuticals, electronics, technology and chemical sectors.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Mitsue Aizawa - TMI Associates

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Japan: Intellectual property

Independent local firms
Intellectual property: independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

TMI Associates

The sizable team at TMI Associates handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP-related work, including patent, design and trade mark rights, protection of know-how and trade secrets, copyright, and prevention of unfair competition. Work highlights included the successful defence of Nihon EVE and Cremovision from claims for compensatory damages based on alleged patent infringement. Mitsuko Miyagawa is a name to note.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Mitsuko Miyagawa - TMI Associates

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates works with leading international clients across a range of industries, including retail, financial services and transport. The practice’s areas of strength are employment contracts and work rules, personnel system issues, termination matters and employment litigation. Mie Fujimoto heads the practice, while Seiji Kurihara and Rie Taiko are up-and-coming lawyers. Mariko Eto was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Mie Fujimoto - TMI Associates

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Rie Taiko - TMI Associates

Seiji Kurihara - TMI Associates

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Japan: Projects and energy

Independent local firms
Projects and energy: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi heads the department at TMI Associates, which also features Kiyomi Kikuchi, Takenobu Imaeda and renewables specialist Koji Fukatsu. Nissay Asset Management is a noteworthy client for the group; Kikuchi recently advised it as investment manager of a cross-border infrastructure investment project by the Government Pension Investment Fund. Kikiuchi led advice to DBJ Asset Management on a cross-border alternative investment project and acted for JOIN on an urban development project in Myanmar. In personnel developments, Hiroyoshi Kuromaru joined from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), Shintaro Mogi was promoted to the partnership and Katsumi Shirai departed to Jones Day.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi - TMI Associates

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

TMI Associates

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads the practice at TMI Associates, which recently saw Shintaro Mogi promoted to the partnership and gained Hiroyoshi Kuromaru from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise). Haruo Narimoto and Noriko Yao are also highly experienced. The team covers inbound and outbound work for clients spanning sponsors, trustees, lenders and arrangers. Recent work includes securitisations, property development, construction projects and structured financings. Katsumi Shirai left for Jones Day.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates assists clients with various insolvency-related matters, including civil rehabilitation, bankruptcy and special liquidation proceedings, conducting due diligence, and bankruptcy proceedings as a court-appointed trustee. Practice head Mitsue Aizawa is recommended. Shin-Ei, Revsonic and Across are clients of the firm.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Mitsue Aizawa - TMI Associates

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Japan: Shipping

Independent local firms
Shipping: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

TMI Associates

TMI Associates’ shipping team is led by Jumpei Osada. The practice has been handling a number of ship finance matters, advising lenders, borrowers and arrangers on corporate loans, financial leases and investments into newly built and second-hand vessels.

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Japan: TMT

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates is well known for media and entertainment work but is increasingly involved in technology-related matters. For example, the practice is strong in AI, robotics and software and computer services matters. The firm recently advised ALE on contractual negotiations concerning its first shooting star satellite to be launched by SpaceX. Practice head Masaya Hirano and Kazuyasu Shiraishi are key contacts, as is Masakazu Iwakura, who recently joined from Nishimura & Asahi. Takashi Hatae and Takuya Yamago are up-and-coming lawyers.

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Takashi Hatae - TMI Associates

Takuya Yamago - TMI Associates

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Japan: Tax

Independent local firms
Tax: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

TMI Associates

Hidehiro Utsumi and Nobuaki Iwashina head TMI Associates’ four-partner practice, which is recognised for its fund-related tax knowledge and cross-border expertise; the team regularly acts for asset management companies and funds. Utsumi’s recent mandates include representing a high-net-worth individual in a tax dispute, and advising Daito Trust Construction on its split from Daito Building Management and the related tax elements.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hidehiro Utsumi - TMI Associates

Masakazu Iwakura - TMI Associates

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