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Japan: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – International firms and joint ventures
Antitrust and competition – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 4

Shearman & Sterling

Asia regional manager and Tokyo office manager Masahisa Ikeda is the main name to note for antitrust and competition work at Shearman & Sterling; he acts for both Japanese and international clients in conjunction with the firm's US and Europe offices to handle the regulatory compliance aspects of major cross-border M&A deals and to represent financial institutions and corporates in government investigations and litigation.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures
Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling's banking and finance team has a strong track record in the energy sector. While George Borovas specialises in the development and financing of nuclear projects, Etienne Gelencsér covers the full gamut of asset, acquisition and structured finance transactions on behalf of financial institutions and corporate entities. The group acted for JBIC and Mizuho as lenders, as well as NEXI as investment insurer, on the financing of the 350MW solar power project in Andhra Pradesh, India. On the corporate side, Kenneth Lebrun is the main name to note.

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Japan: Capital markets

Capital markets – International firms and joint ventures
Capital markets – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling 'has several excellent partners in its Tokyo office' including Asia regional manager and practice leader Masahisa Ikeda 'who can explain US law to Japanese clients in Japanese and always provides practical, business-oriented advice'. Danone instructed the team in the global offering of Yakult common stock, while Ikeda assisted Alps Electric with the regulatory aspects of its merger with Alpine Electronics. Toshiro Mochizuki is the other partner name to note in Tokyo; he recently acted as US counsel to Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, the selling shareholder in the $2.7bn global offering of common stock by Renesas Electronics. Other work highlights include the formation of a $1.9bn joint holding company by way of a joint share transfer, and SEC-registered global debt offerings. Counsel Kana Morimura should also be noted.

Leading individuals

Masahisa Ikeda (Gaiben) - Shearman & Sterling

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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 1

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling acts for major corporates and investment banks in Japan on complex cross-border transactions including investments, joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. A team including George Borovas represented JNFL in its €250m acquisition of 5% equity stake – alongside Mitsubishi – in France's newly restructured Orano (formerly known as Areva). Also notable is the group's work for Merrill Lynch Japan as financial advisor to Resona Holdings in Kansai Mirai's integration with a number of banks, and Hitachi Kokusai appointed the team to handle its acquisition by investment fund HKE Holdings. Capital markets expert and Asia regional managing partner Masahisa Ikeda the name to note. Former practice head Kenneth Lebrun has left the firm for Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Karl Pires has joined from White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association).

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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

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling's George Borovas holds considerable expertise in the nuclear sector and recently advised the government of Egypt on the development of the El Dabaa nuclear project; he was supported by Etienne Gelencsér who specialises in finance transactions and corporate mandates. Japan Nuclear Fuel appointed the team to oversee its undertaking to subscribe to a share capital increase of €250m in New Areva Holdings, which consolidates all of Areva's nuclear fuel cycle assets, while JBIC, NEXI and Mizuho engaged the practice to advise on the development and financing of the 350MW solar project in Andhra Pradesh, India. Other key clients include Marubeni, DBJ and Itochu.

Leading individuals

George Borovas (Gaiben) - Shearman & Sterling

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure

    The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be “…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”
  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).