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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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Work +81 3 6384 3300
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Fax +81 3 3211 5252
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www.whitecase.com

Japan: Antitrust and competition law

International firms and joint ventures
Antitrust and competition law: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

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

As well as advising Panasonic on merger clearance for its acquisition of Hussmann, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) also defended Toys R Us Japan in a JFTC investigation and appeal relating to the AMA and the company’s alleged abuse of its dominant bargaining position. The practice is led by Toshio Dokei and senior counselor Arthur Mitchell, who have expertise in unfair trade practice and investment-related matters, respectively.

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

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

Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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

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Japan: 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)

The team at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is ‘excellent in terms of response times, knowledge, nature of advice and value for money’ and, according to clients, is ‘one of the best for ship and aircraft financing’. The ‘pragmatic and accessible’ Simon Collins assisted Copa Airlines with a series of Jolco financings for new aircraft totalling $460m. Project and acquisition finance specialist Toshio Dokei leads the practice, and Paul Harrison is recommended for energy-related matters.

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Japan: Capital markets

Independent local firms
Leading individuals: bengoshi

Norifusa Hashimoto - Kaynex Law Offices

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International firms and joint ventures
Capital markets: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

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

Seiji Matsuzoe, team head at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), assisted LCH.Clearnet with obtaining its CCP licence in order to conduct its SwapClear business in Japan, and also advised Natixis on a loan repackaging. The team acts on cross-border matters for domestic and international clients such as Deutsche Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking, and SMBC.

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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

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

Brian Strawn and Jun Usami lead the team at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), which has a client roster including Osaka Gas, Chiyoda and Panasonic. Strawn, Usami and the newly promoted Karl Pires acted for Panasonic on its $1.5bn acquisition of Hussmann. Mangyo Kinoshita and Eric Marcks left to establish southgate in 2016.

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

Jun Usami - White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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

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Japan: Projects and energy

International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy: 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)collaborates exceedingly well with clients’ and fields a team of ‘professional partners and knowledgeable associates’. Practice head Paul Harrison advised Canadian Solar on the financing of its portfolio of eight solar projects. Other key names include LNG expert Alexander Woody, Toshio Dokei and counsel Keisuke Imon, who joined from Clifford Chance Law Office. Hendrik Gordenker moved in-house.

Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Alex Claydon - White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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Japan: Real estate

International firms and joint ventures
Real estate: 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) handled a unique transaction for PAG in which its acquisition of a portfolio of multi-family residential properties was structured as a share transfer. Other clients include Halifax Asset Management and Japan Real Estate Investment Corporation. Gerald Fujii undertakes acquisition and finance work, with an emphasis on investment funds. Also recommended are practice head Tetsuya Morimoto, Mizuho Yamada and newly promoted counsel Chiho Saito.

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

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

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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

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Japan: 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)

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) impresses in global debt restructuring, corporate reorganisation, workouts and insolvency. Aviation sector expert Simon Collins is highly respected, as is Ayako Kawano, who handles the restructuring of distressed loan and real estate portfolios, in addition to cross-border bankruptcy-related M&A. Creditor CIT Aerospace instructed Collins and Kawano in relation to the restructuring of Skymark Airlines.

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Japan: Shipping

International firms and joint ventures
Shipping: 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) is ‘one of the best’ for ship finance, covering everything from debt and structured lease financing to restructuring. The ‘excellent’ Simon Collins heads the practice, which is noted for its LNG prowess. Alongside Toshio Dokei and Paul Harrison, Collins advised Chubu Electric Power, Mitsui OSK Lines and NYK Line as joint venture partners on the construction, ownership and operation of four LNG vessels. Hendrik Gordenker is now with Jera.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

International firms and joint ventures
Structured finance/securitisation: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

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

Seiji Matsuzoe, the main contact at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), is experienced in CDOs, credit-linked and warrant-backed loans and other structured products, as well as securitisation transactions, derivatives and acquisition finance. He advised LCH.Clearnet on obtaining a central counterparty licence to launch its SwapClear business in Japan. Norifusa Hashimoto, Aya Kurahashi and Eiichi Nagai left the firm to establish Kaynex Law Offices.

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