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White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

MARUNOUCHI TRUST TOWER MAIN, 26TH FLOOR, 1-8-3 MARUNOUCHI, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-0005, JAPAN
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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 1

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) bolstered its antitrust and competition offering through the hire of special advisor and former JFTC secretary general Hideo Nakajima. Toshio Dokei – who co-heads the practice with senior counsel Anthony Mitchell – was part of the multi-office team advising independent container ship operator Seaspan on the competition aspects of acquiring the remaining 89% of Greater China Intermodal Investments. Also notable is counsel Seiji Niwa who assisted Dokei in representing Maruyasu in an ongoing criminal investigation by the US DoJ and a number of multi-jurisdictional suits arising from allegations of the manufacturer's involvement in the 'autoparts cartel'. The practice – supported by senior associate Takako Onoki – is also acting for Furukawa Electric in US mediation proceedings in connection with the cartel investigation.

Next generation lawyers

Seiji Niwa (Gaiben) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

Takako Onoki (Bengoshi) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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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 2

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) handles leveraged and structured finance deals but is also strong in the asset finance space, particularly with regards to shipping and aviation assets. Avianca recently appointed a team led by practice head Simon Collins to advise on the JOLCO financing of a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. A number of other clients, such as the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Aeromexico, also instructed the team on the JOLCO financing transactions. In other highlights, Keisuke Imon was recently promoted to partner and teamed up with Collins to counsel the Development Bank of Japan on its financing of Tokyo Gas' acquisition of shares in an Indonesian gas distributor.

Next generation lawyers

Keisuke Imon (Bengoshi) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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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 2

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

The corporate offering at White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) fields bilingual practitioners under the joint leadership of Brian Strawn and Jun Usami. In recent highlights, Nels Hansen acted for gumi VR in its acquisition of a minority interest in US video game developer Xile Entertainment Associates, while David Albagli was part of the team that advised Canon Medical Systems on its acquisition of medical equipment manufacturer Fysicon. Following its decision to exit the Canadian market, Toshiba appointed the team to oversee the transfer of assets and liabilities of its unified communications business to Mitel. Shintaro Kitayama and Kohshi Itagaki joined the practice from TMI Associates and Mayer Brown's New York office, respectively.

Leading individuals

Brian Strawn (Gaiben) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

Jun Usami (Bengoshi) - 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 1

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White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) 'knows the projects industry inside out' and holds 'excellent expertise in the LNG business' where the 'well-experienced' Alexander Woody is known for his 'insightful advice'. Team leader Paul Harrison recently advised Saudi Aramco on the development and financing of an integrated refined petrochemical complex in Malaysia, and also collaborated with the London team to represent the lenders in the high-value financing of a gas liquefaction facility in Africa. Micah Sadoyama acted for JERA in the acquisition of its wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Trading's coal and freight business. Also notable is Karl Pires, who comes highly recommended by clients, and Toshio Dokei, who assisted Vale and Mitsui with the development of its landmark Nacala Corridor railways and port project, and also handled the financing, EPC contracts and services agreements in relation to the Ikitelli health campus PPP project in Turkey. Keisuke Imon was promoted to partner and associate Joey Chan arrived from Ashurst.

Leading individuals

Alexander Woody (Gaiben) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

Toshio Dokei (Bengoshi) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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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 1

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)'s real estate practice handles high-profile and high-value transactions such as the Astro Group's sale of its entire portfolio of office, retail and residential real estate interests to a Singapore entity managed by Blackstone. The team is jointly led by Gerald Fujii and Mizuho Yamada, who recently teamed up with Tetsuya Morimoto to advise an investment fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of residential and hospitality assets from a special purpose vehicle. In other highlights, Kazuo Kasai was promoted to counsel and continues to represent a variety of clients in disputes, restructuring and financing mandates.

Leading individuals

Gerald Fujii (Gaiben) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

Tetsuya Morimoto (Bengoshi) - White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – International firms and joint ventures
Restructuring and insolvency – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

The insolvency and restructuring practice at White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) sits as part of its experienced corporate finance capability. The team of US- and English-law qualified and Japan-licensed attorneys advise on complex global debt restructurings, insolvency matters and corporate restructurings. Simon Collins co-heads the practice with Ayako Kawano, who has extensive experience advising global and domestic clients on acquisitions, dispositions and the restructuring of distressed loans and real estate portfolios, as well as private equity investments, restructurings and cross-border bankruptcy-related M&A.

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