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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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Fax +81 3 3224 2901
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www.orrick.com

Japan: Banking and finance

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP focuses on the energy sector, acting for a range of developers and financial institutions. Yoichi Katayama is recommended for his work in the infrastructure space, advising on the financing of power, telecoms and other international infrastructure projects; and Minako Wakabayashi is highly regarded for her expertise in renewable energy project finance.

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Japan: 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

With ‘one of the leading technology practices in the market’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP counts 96 Problems, Ascent Robotics and Fronteo as noteworthy clients. The team also advised Hitachi Chemical on its acquisition of HT Beteiligungs, and acted for Morinaga Milk Industry on its joint venture with ICI Pakistan and Unibrands. The group is also recognised for its energy and infrastructure work; it recently acted for Invenergy Japan on its partnership with SB Energy Group, which will enable the development of solar projects in both Fukushima Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture. Mark Weeks and Edward Johnson jointly head the department, and Hiroki Sugita and Yumiko Ohta were both promoted to the partnership in 2017.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Mark Weeks - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: 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 remains ‘a go-to name’ for technology, cybersecurity and regulatory matters, and clients also come from the pharmaceuticals, food, and medical sectors. Recent highlights include defending NEC in a patent infringement matter against Implicit, and advising the Japanese government on various strategic issues relating to cybersecurity. Further clients include the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Yamaha and Dyson Japan. Yoshihiro Takatori heads the department, which includes IP specialist David Case, the ‘excellentShinsuke Yakura, and Yumiko Ohta, who made partner in 2017 and is recommended for employment litigation.

Leading individuals: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)

Yoshihiro Takatori - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

David Case - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: Intellectual property

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is led by David Case, who has handled a number of IP and IT contentious and transactional matters for Japanese and multinational clients, such as Yamaha and Ricoh. He is representing Nitto Denko as plaintiff in an ongoing patent infringement suit against Hutchinson Technology in the US Court for the District of New Jersey. The defence of JVC Kenwood and JVC Kenwood USA in patent litigation filed by Hybrid Audio in the District Court of Massachusetts is another work highlight. Yoshihiro Takatori and Kei Kato are other names to note.

Leading individuals: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)

Yoshihiro Takatori - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

David Case - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)

Kei Kato - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Japan: 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 is particularly active in employment issues arising from major cross-border M&A deals. The practice has also handled a number of termination cases, as well as negotiations on behalf of local and international companies to prevent litigation. Practice head Yumiko Ohta was elevated to partner.

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Japan: Projects and energy

International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s renewables strength is evident in its recent work, with practice co-heads Yoichi Katayama and Minako Wakabayashi handling Setouchi Future Creations’ investment into a Japanese solar project, and acting for Pattern Energy Japan and Green Power Investment on the financing of a wind power project in Kochi Prefecture. The group also assisted Kepco with the development and financing of a solar power plant in Hokkaido, and advised Invenergy Japan on its solar partnership with SB Energy Group.

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Japan: 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

With ‘a team of absolute superstars’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s key practitioners include ‘exceptionally brilliant’ practice head Toshihiko Tsuchiya, who focuses on the securitisation and liquidation of real estate assets; and Yuko Ino, whose transactional experience includes acquisitions, developments and joint ventures. The group is also highly regarded for its cross-border expertise; recent work includes advising Langham Hotel Investments on its purchase of land in central Tokyo for a hotel development, acting for Parkway Life REIT on the ¥3.7bn sale of four nursing homes, and assisting a real estate investment fund with its acquisition of an office tower development in Yokohama.

Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

David Gotsill - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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