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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’ practice includes former JFTC employees and handles the full gamut of matters, including monopolisation, merger control and abuse of dominance cases. Investigations initiated by the JFTC and DOJ were among its recent cases, especially cartel matters. Yusuke Kashiwagi advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on forming a joint venture between its generic drugs business and Takeda, and helped obtain clearance from competition authorities in several jurisdictions.

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Koichiro Hanamoto - TMI Associates

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Japan: Banking and finance

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

TMI Associates

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi is experienced in financings, securitisations and derivative transactions and leads the practice at TMI Associates. The team also includes the well-regarded Haruo Narimoto, who has notable experience in the real estate sector. Practice highlights included advising both lender and borrower on a loan to finance an investment into a cattle shipping vessel. Hidenori Nakagawa is recommended for private banking matters.

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Japan: Capital markets

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

TMI Associates

At TMI Associates, Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi and Hidenori Nakagawa are the key names to note. The practice is experienced in J-REITs, IPOs, transactions and regulatory matters. The team advised clients on the new Japanese short-selling regulations.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi - TMI Associates

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Japan: Construction

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates is adept in construction finance and disputes concerning defects. Counsel Yu Tomita defended against claims concerning structural issues, delays and other breaches of agreements. The firm also advised financial institutions on financing power plant constructions. Its client list includes contractors, builders and construction companies. Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi is a name to note.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

TMI Associates has substantial strength in the pharmaceutical and IT sectors. Recent examples include advising Teva Pharmaceuticals on its joint venture with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and acting for Carlyle during its acquisition of WingArc1st from Orix. Other clients include trading houses and financial institutions. Kunio Namekata leads the department. Takayuki Suzuki, Madoka Ueda and Kazumitsu Goto were all promoted to the partnership in 2016.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates assists clients with domestic and cross-border litigation across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology and manufacturing. Tomoki Yanagisawa and Mitsuko Miyagawa are key names to note, Hidetoshi Masunaga is recommended for tax and IP issues, and Mitsue Aizawa is experienced in insolvency proceedings.

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

TMI Associates fields skilled attorneys and benrishi with expertise in fields such as nanotechnology, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals. Led by senior partner Tomohiro Tohyama and Yoshiyuki Inaba, the practice advises on the procurement, maintenance and execution of IP rights. Counsel Shoji Kobayashi registered a sound and moving mark with the JPO on behalf of ST Corporation; Mitsuko Miyagawa also worked on the matter and has been active in unfair competition and copyright infringement. Partner promotions include Toyotaka Abe and Kentaro Ito. Shunji Sato, Makoto Okada and Yoshiro Masumoto are distinguished individuals.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Mitsuko Miyagawa - TMI Associates

Yoshiro Masumoto - TMI Associates

Yoshiyuki Inaba - 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 advises companies on establishing and operating personnel systems, M&A-related employment issues, trade union negotiations and immigration. Mie Fujimoto and Motoi Fujii handle contentious work, including internal investigations and harassment claims. The firm sets the standard for trade union matters involving unfair labour practices, collective bargaining and Labour Relations Commission proceedings. Downsizing and employment contracts are examples of non-contentious work.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Mie Fujimoto - TMI Associates

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

Mariko Eto - 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 is the name to note at TMI Associates, and Kiyomi Kikuchi and Haruo Narimoto have been active in this space. The team has experience in project financing, renewable energy (particularly onshore wind and geothermal matters), infrastructure, waste disposal and electricity.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi - TMI Associates

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Japan: Real estate

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates’ recent work covers GK-TK structured funds, commercial property sales and transferring real estate assets into SPCs (segregated portfolio company). For transactions, the firm’s clients range from sponsors to trustees and lenders, and it has experience acting for overseas investors in relation to residential, commercial and hospitality property investments. Haruo Narimoto is experienced.

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates handles all aspects of insolvency, from civil rehabilitation proceedings to negotiating collection claims. Shinichiro Yamamiya handles corporate workouts, turnaround ADR, bankruptcies and liquidations. Mitsue Aizawa advised Boofoowoo on civil rehabilitation.

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 is adept across all aspects of shipping, from advising on structuring ship finance schemes to handling matters relating to the carriage of goods. The practice also undertakes a range of casualty work. Newly promoted partner Jumpei Osada is the name to note.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Independent local firms
Structured finance/securitisation: independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

TMI Associates

TMI Associates’ Haruo Narimoto led on a matter involving a non-recourse loan for the construction of a logistics facility, and on matters involving the securitisation of real estate assets and auto loan claims. Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi is a name to note.

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Japan: Tax

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

TMI Associates

TMI Associates’ team stands out for its experience in fund-related tax matters, advising a range of funds and asset management companies. It also excels in corporate tax issues and cross-border mandates. Key practice members include Hidehiro Utsumi and Nobuaki Iwashina.

Leading individuals: bengoshi

Hidehiro Utsumi - TMI Associates

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