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Japan: Capital markets

International firms and joint ventures
Capital markets: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 1

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Key names to note at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP include Izumi Akai and Keiji Hatano; the pair recently acted for JPMorgan Securities, Morgan Stanley and Nomura as international representatives of Kyushu Railway Company’s ¥416bn IPO and advised the managers (including Morgan Stanley, Mizuho and Goldman Sachs) on Recruit Holdings’ global equity offering totalling ¥218bn. The team is also highly regarded for its REIT expertise; work examples include advising GLP J-REIT and Nippon Prologis REIT on separate global investment unit offerings and acting for the international managers of Mori Hills REIT Investment on its ¥23bn investment unit offering. Daiwa Securities, MUFG, SoftBank and Japan Post Holdings Group are also clients.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Izumi Akai - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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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 2

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s recent work includes advising Terumo Corporation on its acquisition of medical device assets and liabilities from Abbott Laboratories and St. Jude Medical, acting for Lazard as financial adviser to Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma in its agreement to acquire Tolero Pharmaceuticals, and assisting Sumitomo Metal Mining with its acquisition of a 13% stake in the Morenci copper mine in Arizona from Freeport-McMoRan. Practice head Keiji Hatano and Izumi Akai are key names to note in the group, which works closely with the firm’s New York office.

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