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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition law: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Iwata Godo

Iwata Godo’s caseload includes abuse of dominance cases, merger control and cartel claims before the JFTC and foreign agencies. Yoshihiro Toji primarily handles contentious work and heads the practice with Shinya Tago, Atsushi Izumi and Manabu Eiguchi.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A: independent local firms - ranked: tier 4

Iwata Godo

Iwata Godo primarily acts for Japan-listed companies (examples include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Arcs Co) and has a notable strength in the financial services and life sciences sectors. The practice also has a European client base. Recent highlights include assisting Nestlé Skin Health with the Japanese elements of Nestlé’s acquisition of Proactiv. Shinya Tago and Hirotaka Uranaka jointly lead the department.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Independent local firms
Dispute resolution: independent local firms - ranked: tier 3

Iwata Godo

Iwata Godo’s client base includes financial institutions, insurers, manufacturers and electricity companies. The team regularly handles large-scale environmental litigation, and also has experience in crisis management, arbitration, class action-style lawsuits and shareholder litigation. Key names include Masao Fujii and Shinya Tago.

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Japan: Labour and employment

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

Iwata Godo

Japanese corporates instruct Iwata Godo for advice on HR strategy and complying with new legislation, managing organisational changes arising from M&A transactions, handling tribunals and litigation, and advising on trade union relations. Negotiating departures and pension issues are additional strengths of Hirotaka Uranaka and Shinya Tago’s team. Counsel Hiroki Fujiwara is another contact.

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