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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

IZUMI GARDEN TOWER, 28TH FLOOR, 1-6-1 ROPPONGI, MINATO-KU, TOKYO 106-6028, JAPAN
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Work +81 3 3224 2900
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http://www.orrick.com

Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures
Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's primary focus is on the renewable energy space where its finance practitioners intervene in the development and financing of major power projects such as the wind power generation project in Tsugaru City and the Ohorayama project in Kochi prefecture. Infrastructure expert Yoichi Katayama and Minako Wakabayashi feature among the names to note.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures
Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP recently advised Hitachi Chemical on its takeover of German holding company HT Beteiligungs, and acted for Nippon Soda on the sale of its plant health business to Zoetis Japan. Elsewhere, David Case teamed up with the firm's Dusseldorf office to handle the sale of EKK Eagle's general partnership interest in Integral Accumulator, while Hiroki Sugita assisted Japan-based travel services provider HIS and a Hong Kong venture capital fund with an investment in Taiwan-based e-commerce travel platform KKday. Mark Weeks and Yumiko Ohta are also key contacts within the firm. Managing associate Sakon Kuramoto transferred from the real estate practice and was part of the team which advised Mitsui on several strategic investments.

Leading individuals

Mark Weeks (Gaiben) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures
Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP acts for both international clients in Japan-based disputes and domestic entities in outbound matters, and has recently been advising clients caught in actions pertaining to new technologies, cyber security and data protection. Yoshihiro Takatori leads the group and acted for a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer in international mediation proceedings administered by the JCAA over defects in television sets manufactured by a Hong Kong entity. Shinsuke Yakura was supported by managing associates Kei Kato and Masao Fujino to represent a retailer in a dispute brought by a fashion designer alleging violations of her rights to publicity, copyright law and breaches of the retailer's antitrust obligations; the client counter-sued for breach of contract. Also notable is managing associate Haruka Matsumoto who advised a medical device manufacturer on an internal investigation arising from a series of whistleblower reports concerning issues of bribery, bid-rigging and corruption. David Case is experienced in the field of intellectual property and is also a key name to note.

Leading individuals

David Case (Gaiben) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Yoshihiro Takatori (Bengoshi) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures
Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

With expertise in cross-border litigation, licence negotiations and strategic IP work, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP attracts a high-profile list of domestic and international clients including Toshiba and Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting. The practice also handles a large amount of non-contentious work spanning IP licensing and patent portfolio management, and has been notably involved in emerging markets including Internet of Things and artificial intelligence (AI); Shinsuke Yakura is the Asia head for the firm’s global AI group. The department is also experienced in cross-border IP, Yoshihiro Takatori is a key name for counterfeiting work, and managing associate Kei Kato handles contentious matters. David Case leads the department and recently advised Shindengen Electric Manufacturing on negotiating a licence agreement with WiTricity, a US-based technology company.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – International firms and joint ventures
Labour and employment – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's practice represents global companies in employment disputes in Japan, and also works closely with the firm's corporate department on the employment elements of major cross-border M&A deals. Practice head Yumiko Ohta was recently promoted to partner and specialises in employment litigation in the Japanese courts including the Tokyo District Court and the Labour Tribunal System in Japan.

Next generation lawyers

Yumiko Ohta (Bengoshi) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

In April 2018 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP welcomed James Atkin as the new global co-head of its oil and gas practice. The former managing partner of Vinson & Elkins LLP now heads the Tokyo projects and energy group with renewable energy specialist Yoichi Katayama and cross-border projects expert Minako Wakabayashi. Pattern Development and Green Power Investments appointed the group to handle the sale of 206MW of owned capacity in Japanese wind and solar projects to Pattern Energy, and to advise on the financing of a number of large-scale wind power projects across the country. On the solar side, senior associate Reiko Saito and managing associate Kentaro Shoji were part of the team that advised Invenergy Japan GK on its partnership with SB Energy for the joint development, financing, construction and operation of two new solar projects in Japan. Yuko Inui and Jae-Hyon Ahn were promoted to of counsel and are key names to note.

Leading individuals

James Atkin (Gaiben) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Yuko Inui (Bengoshi) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures
Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP covers the full gamut of real estate transactions, financings, joint ventures and investments, with a particular focus on outbound mandates on behalf of institutional Japanese clients. In recent highlights, Yuko Ino collaborated with the US team to oversee a joint venture between Tokyo Trust Capital and Meritage Properties for the acquisition and financing of an 11-story office building in Washington DC. Meanwhile, Toshihiko Tsuchiya advised the trustee of Parkway Life REIT on its $14m investment in Konosu Nursing Home Kyoseien in Saitama. Yutaro Nakadate was recently promoted to managing associate and assisted a fund managed by the Japanese subsidiary of a leading international REIT with multiple acquisitions and related financings with the support of managing associate David Gotsill.

Next generation lawyers

David Gotsill (Gaiben) - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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