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Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi

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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s practice was strengthened by the arrival of Kentaro Hirayama from Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise. Of counsel Kazuyoshi Yoneyama recently advised on the competition aspects of Elpida Memory’s $2.5bn sale to Micron Technology. The well-regarded Kei Amemiya heads the team, which also acts for Fujitsu, TDK and Fuji Electric.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a second tier firm,

The ‘fantastic’ practice at Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is ‘doing well in Japan’. In keeping with the firm’s strong tech-sector credentials, the practice recently represented SoftBank on the debt financing in connection with its acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corporation. Dale Caldwell regularly represents lenders and project sponsors, and Katsuhiko Fujihira represents major banks and securities companies on domestic transactions. Keiko Yamazaki is noted for acquisition and real estate finance transactions.

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Japan: Capital markets

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a second tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s Kenji Taneda stands out as ‘particularly good’. The practice recently advised SoftBank in a $2.5bn high yield bond offering, and advised SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited, UBS Limited and Morgan Stanley as managers on a global offering of common stock by Olympus Corporation to institutional investors outside Japan.

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Japan: Construction, projects and energy

Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s Dale Caldwell recently advised Mitsui Group on its agreement to acquire 30% of a Kinder Morgan affiliate company that is constructing a $200m pipeline in Arizona. In another highlight, team leader Michael Graffagna represented Osaka Gas Co and Chubu Electric Power on the financing for the $1.2bn Freeport LNG liquefaction facility. Sumitomo Corporation and Toshiba are also clients of the team.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Ken Siegel (who ‘has the technological M&A market sewn up’) heads the ‘very strong’ team at Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi, which has nine other dedicated partners including co-chair of the firm’s global corporate department Randy Laxer, Gary Smith, Stan Yukevich and Dale Araki. The practice is active on big-ticket deals, including SoftBank’s $21.6bn investment in Sprint Nextel Corporation. It also acted for Elpida Memory on its $2.5bn sale to Micron.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s ‘overall level of service is high in terms of responsiveness and strength of advice, and its team members are generally excellent’. The practice handles a variety of contentious matters, including outbound cases (often with an IP angle) and inbound work on behalf of foreign corporates. James Hough is noted for his investigations practice, and the firm has also seen a recent increase in arbitration matters. The practice recently acted for Hitachi Metals on the filing of a formal complaint with the United States International Trade Commission against 29 manufacturers of sintered rare earth magnets. Craig Celniker stands out for his ‘strategy and leadership’, and Chie Yakura is ‘strong at case analysis and litigation’.

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Japan: Intellectual property

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi fields a team of eight litigation partners, two technology transactions partners, four US patent attorneys with engineering backgrounds, a former USPTO patent examiner, and three benrishi. Chie Yakura ‘is an excellent patent litigation lawyer who is particularly good at communicating with US clients and understanding their needs’. Gary Smith ‘has excellent communication skills with clients and with counterparties’. Craig Celniker ‘is strong at strategy and leadership’. The practice is representing Fujitsu in all aspects of its collaboration with Oracle regarding SPARC/Solaris servers.

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Japan: Real estate

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s practice is led by Keisuke Mochizuki and Theodore Seltzer, and includes four other dedicated partners in Masahiro Shiga, Andrew Morrison, Narutake Takasu, and Junichi Kurokoshi. The firm recently advised Asia Pacific Land on its role as leader of an international consortium of investors acquiring the Tokyo Shiba Park building. Other key clients include Credit Suisse, Carlyle Group and UBS.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Japan: Tax

Within International firms and joint ventures, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a first tier firm,

Eric Roose’s team at Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi has an enviable client base, including Mitsubishi, Honda and Fujitsu. It recently represented longstanding client SoftBank on its $21.6bn acquisition of a 78% stake in Sprint Nextel Corporation, which involved intricate tax aspects. Of counsel Michael Shikuma has extensive contentious and non-contentious tax experience. Chizuko Tomita is another name to note.

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Latin America: International firms

Within Projects and energy, Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is a third tier firm,

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi is widely known for its work on behalf of Japanese trading houses that are engaged in Latin American projects and project financings. The firm is known for its work in the energy, mining, transport and infrastructure sectors in Latin America. The firm has worked on a series of major projects throughout the region, including in Peru, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Puerto Rico. In 2013, the firm represented the creditors in two significant financings to Colombian petroleum company Ecopetrol, to fund projects at its Barrancabermeja refinery. The Tokyo office where Michael Graffagna heads the firm’s project finance and development group, works with a number of Japanese trading houses in connection with Latin American projects. Other key partners include Washington DC’s Frederick Jenney, who is well known amongst the development banks and agencies, and recognised for his expertise in the renewable energy sector. Washington DC colleague Nicholas Spiliotes is also immensely experienced in international project finance, including Latin America transactions. Experienced San Francisco partner Zane Gresham is also recognised for his recent work on the privatisation of Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín Airport.

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