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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Ushijima & Partners

In recent highlights, the team at Ushijima & Partners advised a client on Chinese foreign investment regulations pertaining to its investment in a joint venture business. It also represented a Japanese REIT in a hostile takeover proposal by an investment fund which stipulated it would acquire all of the client's property portfolios on the condition it dissolves. Practice co-head and managing partner Shin Ushijima is acting for a US-based fund seeking to acquire minority interests in several financial institutions in Japan, and Hiroshi Watanabe assisted a client with its acquisition of majority shares in a major European manufacturing company. Also notable are Masahiko Todo, Yoshimoto Kawamura and Rikisuke Yamanaka, who has strong experience in corporate governance, dispute resolution, internal investigations and procurement matters.

Ushijima & Partners - Japanese translation: 近年のハイライトとしては Ushijima & Partners のチームがジョイントベンチャー事業への投資に関する中国の外資規制についてクライアントに助言を提供しました。 また、資産ポートフォリオを解散する場合は投資ファンドがその全てを取得することを規定した敵対的買収提案の案件で、J-REITの代理人も務めました。 共同所長であり経営に携わる牛島信氏は、日本金融機関数社に対する株式過半数取得の試みにおいて、米国基盤ファンドの代理人を務めました。また、渡邉弘志氏は、欧州の大手製造企業の株式過半数取得について顧客をサポートしました。 東道雅彦氏、川村宜志氏、山中力介氏らも、コーポレートガバナンス、紛争解決、内部調査、調達における幅広い経験で知られています。

Leading individuals

Hiroshi Watanabe (Bengoshi) - Ushijima & Partners

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

Ushijima & Partners

Ushijima & Partners - Japanese translation: Ushijima & Partners の井上治氏と代表弁護士の牛島信氏は、ミューザ川崎シンフォニーホールおよび東京交響楽団の所有者が2011年東日本大震災の際に天井の一部が落下し、その復旧工事費用20億円以上の損害賠償を求めた件で、被告8社のうちの1社であるUR都市機構の代理人を務めました。 その他ハイライトとしては、労働法のスペシャリストである山中力介氏が、製紙業者の経営陣に対する転換社債発行の発表直後に生じた株価急落に関する訴訟において大手企業の代理人を務めた案件や、黒木資浩氏が大手多国籍テクノロジー企業に対し、リース期間満了後の建造物の原状回復を怠ったと主張する貸主との紛争に関する助言を提供した案件などが挙げられます。影島広泰氏は、システム開発プロジェクトの中止とプロジェクト失敗によって生じた損害賠償に関して顧客から起訴された多くのITサービスプロバイダーをサポートしています。 独禁法分野での経験豊富な川村宜志氏、渡邉弘志氏、東道雅彦氏らも注目です。東道氏は、家族紛争で夫と父親の遺産の所有権をめぐる案件を担当するチームのメンバーを務めました。

Ushijima & Partners' Osamu Inoue and managing partner Shin Ushijima represented the Urban Renaissance Agency as one of the eight defendants in a suit filed by the owner of Muza Kawasaki symphony hall and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra to recover over JPY2bn damages following the destruction of the hall's ceiling during 2011's East Japan earthquake. In other highlights, employment law specialist Rikisuke Yamanaka acted for a major corporation in its stock-drop litigation against the directors of a paper manufacturer following its announcement of the issuance of a convertible bond, and Motohiro Kuroki is advising a leading multinational technology manufacturer on its dispute with a landlord arising from an alleged failure to restore a building to its original condition after termination of a lease. Hiroyasu Kageshima assisted a number of IT-service providers with actions brought by customers in connection with the cancellation of system development projects and recovery of damages incurred by the alleged failure of the project. Other key names include experienced antitrust partner Yoshimoto Kawamura, Hiroshi Watanabe and Masahiko Todo, who was part of the team acting in a family dispute over the ownership of assets in the estate of a deceased husband and father.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Independent local firms
Labour and employment – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Ushijima & Partners

The team at Ushijima & Partners has cross-border experience and particular expertise in handling employment litigation and negotiations for foreign and domestic clients. Rikisuke Yamanaka leads the team, which includes Shinobu Yanagita, who has experience in domestic and international labour law.

Ushijima & Partners - Japanese translation: Ushijima & Partners のチームは、クロスボーダー案件の経験を有し、特に雇用訴訟や交渉における高い専門性を国内外のクライアントに提供しています。山中力介氏の率いるチームには、国内外の労働法に精通した柳田忍氏が所属しています。

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – Independent local firms
Real estate and construction – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Ushijima & Partners

Ushijima & Partners - Japanese translation: Ushijima & Partners の不動産部門を率いる田村幸太郎氏は、不動産売買や証券化の分野における幅広い経験を備えています。同氏は近年粟原大喜氏と共に、東京都心の施設5棟の特定目的会社を介したジョイントベンチャーへの売却に関して証券会社に助言を提供しました。近頃パートナーへの昇進を果たした塩谷昌弘氏は政府団体指名のチームに参加し、重要法規の条文改正に携わりました。 係争分野では黒木資浩氏にも注目です。 同事務所は、投資ファンドやUR都市機構の代理人も務めています。

Ushijima & Partners' real estate practice head Kohtaro Tamura has substantial expertise in the transactional and securitisation space; he recently teamed up with Hiroki Awahara to advise a securities company on the sale of five central Tokyo properties to a joint venture SPC. Recently promoted to partner, Masahiro Shiotani was part of the team appointed by a government entity to review and reform a crucial regulatory clause. On the contentious front, Motohiro Kuroki is a name to note. The group also acts for investment funds and the Urban Renaissance Agency.

Leading individuals

Kohtaro Tamura (Bengoshi) - Ushijima & Partners

Next generation lawyers

Masahiro Shiotani (Bengoshi) - Ushijima & Partners

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Japan: TMT

TMT – Independent local firms
TMT – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Ushijima & Partners

Ushijima & Partners - Japanese translation: Ushijima & Partnersのテクノロジー・メディア・通信全般に対応する経験豊かなチームは、金融機関の大規模なITシステム開発関連の訴訟や、ビッグデータ分析やインターネット上の名誉毀損に関する問題を専門としています。同事務所は、金融機関、IT企業、小売業者、製薬会社、スポーツイベント主催者など、国内外のクライアントをサポートしています。 この部門を率いる影島広泰氏はITシステム開発、個人情報、インターネットサービス関連、フィンテック、データ漏洩、名誉毀損に関する案件に助言を提供します。

The experienced team at Ushijima & Partners handles issues across TMT and specialises in litigation relating to the development of large IT systems for financial institutions and issues pertaining to big data analysis and internet defamation. The group's domestic and foreign clients include financial institutions, IT companies, retail operators, pharmaceutical manufacturers and sporting event organisations. Practice head Hiroyasu Kageshima, advises on IT system developments, personal data, internet service issues, fintech, data leakage, and defamation work.

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Legal Developments in Japan

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