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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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Other big moves include Christopher Wells, Tomoko Fuminaga and his funds team leaving White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) to join Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa – Foreign Law Joint Enterprise, and IP and commercial litigation expert David Case’s move, again from White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) has invested in the lateral hire of M&A partner Mangyo Kinoshita from O'Melveny & Myers Gaikokuho Kyodojigyo Horitsujimusho.

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Japan: Antitrust and competition law

Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) provides advice on US and Japanese competition law including inbound, outbound and domestic matters. The firm is representing Toys ‘R’ Us Japan in an investigation by the JFTC under the Antimonopoly Act. Other clients include Toshiba and Pfizer. Toshio Dokei, senior counselor Arthur Mitchell and special adviser Jiro Tamura make a formidable team.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) offers bank, project and asset finance expertise as well as financial regulatory advice. It advised Mizuho Corporate Bank on a ¥160bn dual tranche syndicated financing provided to a Japanese electric power company. Simon Collins is an asset and project finance specialist who is admired by his peers; Koichiro Ohash has investment funds experience; and Toshio Dokei has a solid reputation for his work in project and acquisition finance. Hendrik Gordenker is also recommended. Hedge fund expert Christopher Wells and Tomoko Fuminaga left the firm to join Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa – Foreign Law Joint Enterprise

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Japan: Capital markets

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) advised Qualcomm in its investment of up to $120m in Sharp, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Norifusa Hashimoto, Koichiro Ohashi and counsel Seiji Matsuzoe are recommended. Christopher Wells left the firm to join Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa – Foreign Law Joint Enterprise. Thomas LaMacchia also left the firm to join the Qatar Investment Authority.

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Japan: Construction, projects and energy

Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a first tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)has an exceptional and outstanding LNG practice’. The firm represented JBIC in a $420m loan to Minera Escondida for financing the expansion project of the Escondida Copper Mine; and advised the lenders, including JBIC, in connection with the financing of the Taza Wind IPP Project in the Kingdom of Morocco. The firm also advised TEPCO on all aspects of its interest in the greenfield estimated $29bn Wheatstone LNG Project in Australia operated by Chevron. Head of the projects and energy group Hendrik Gordenker has ‘plenty of knowledge and experience handling LNG matters, and he manages each project efficiently’. Project finance lawyers Toshio Dokei, Simon Collins and Paul Harrison are also recommended. Alexander Woody has been promoted to partner.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

According to one client, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)provides impeccable work product’. The firm represented Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Dentsu on its recommended $3.2bn cash offer for Aegis Group. Brian Strawn and Jun Usami co-head the firm’s Japan corporate and M&A practice, which was bolstered with the hire of Mangyo Kinoshita from O'Melveny & Myers Gaikokuho Kyodojigyo Horitsujimusho. Of counsel Tim Jeffares, who joined the firm in 2012, is recommended for his restructuring expertise.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a third tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) has ‘a thorough knowledge of arbitration and its advice is always accurate’. Acting for Guru Denim, the firm defeated alleged breach of contract and related claims by a distributor, ARE, in multi-jurisdictional litigation with parallel proceedings at the US Federal District Court in Los Angeles and the Tokyo District Court. Head of the group Yuji Ogiwara ‘completely understands his clients' needs’. James Lee, who relocated from the US to Hong Kong, also advises Japanese clients on contentious matters. Former co-head of the group David Case has moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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Japan: Intellectual property

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) suffered a blow with the loss of IP litigation specialist David Case to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Yuji Ogiwara now heads up the team that advised GREE on the globalisation of their on-line business platform. This involved legal surveys relating to their intellectual properties in more than ten jurisdictions including the US, Canada, the EU and other countries across Asia and the Middle East. Other clients include Eagle Industry, Google, Volkswagen and Oak Lawn Marketing. M&A partner Mangyo Kinoshita has joined the firm from O'Melveny & Myers Gaikokuho Kyodojigyo Horitsujimusho.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

At White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) Yuji Ogiwara, an experienced dispute resolution partner, heads the firm’s Tokyo employment practice. He ‘is a great lawyer. He listens to the client and understands the client’s needs. His advice is accurate, full of expertise but easy to understand’. The firm has particular experience representing multinational clients in their employment restructuring such as those connected with mergers with a large affiliated company.

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Japan: Real estate

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a first tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)responds within tight deadlines, provides a quality service’, and ‘delivers value for money’. The firm has impressive tax expertise in relation to real estate fund issues. It represented Starts Proceed Investment Corporation on the ¥9.5bn acquisition of 12 residential buildings in conjunction with its public offering. Other representative clients include Fortress, CapitaLand, UBS and Nomura Real Estate Asset Management. The real estate team includes the highly recommended Tetsuya Morimoto, Gerald Fujii, Ayako Kawano, Tadao Horibe and Mizuho Yamada, who is ‘a very dedicated and hard-working lawyer’.

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Japan: Shipping

Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a first tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is another market leader for ship finance. The firm is advising JX Nippon Oil & Gas on the preparation of model contracts principally relating to offshore drilling. Hendrik Gordenker’s team includes asset finance specialists Simon Collins, Toshio Dokei, Alexander Woody and Paul Harrison.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a second tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) advised state-owned Qatar Petroleum in its inaugural sale of samurai bonds via a ¥85bn offering of ten-year Yen-denominated bonds via a private placement. Norifusa Hashimoto, Koichiro Ohashi and counsel Seiji Matsuzoe are recommended. Thomas LaMacchia left the firm to join the Qatar Investment Authority.

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Japan: Tax

Within Independent local firms Leading individuals: bengoshi

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Within International firms and joint ventures, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is a first tier firm,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) has a strong tax controversy practice and focuses on Japanese corporate group reorganisations, real estate investments within and without Japan and cross-border investment funds. Work highlights included advising a Swiss-based luxury brand group on transfer pricing compliance with its Japan affiliated companies, including an advance pricing arrangement; representing a Japanese company importing and selling products with valuable embedded intangibles in tax litigation in a Japanese district court; and assisting a foreign-based luxury brand company to obtain customs tax refunds in Japan in connection with retroactive import price adjustments required for transfer pricing purposes. Head of the group Gary Thomas is a US tax attorney who is fully qualified as a Zeirishi. Akira Akamatsu, Shimon Takagi and special tax counsel Go Kawada are all highly recommended.

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