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

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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)’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team is highly active on behalf of flagship client Toshiba. Senior counsel Arthur Mitchell and Toshio Dokei are ‘very knowledgeable and practical’, and Seiji Niwa, a US attorney based in Tokyo, ‘is very good with cross-border matters’.

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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) recently welcomed of counsel Tim Jeffares from Clifford Chance Law Office; his expertise in debt and leveraged acquisition finance transactions supplements a practice that features asset finance expert Simon Collins, bengoshi Toshio Dokei, who handles a significant amount of work for JBIC, and the well-regarded Paul Harrison. Highlights included advising Mizuho Corporate Bank on a ¥4.5bn syndicated term loan agreement provided to two Japanese shipping companies.

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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) recently advised the Slovak Republic on its ¥30bn issuance of two series of samurai bonds. Norifusa Hashimoto led the team on that matter. In another highlight, Seiji Matsuzoe advised Deutsche Bank on the establishment of its new convertible bond repackaging programme, utilising a loan and warrant structure through a Cayman SPV and Japanese trusts. The practice also advised on the first deal under the programme, a ¥5bn domestic convertible bond issuance.

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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) stands out for its practice’s track record, which has ‘evolved over time into a leading practice for energy work’. It regularly acts for developers and investors in energy projects, with gas and mining being particular strengths. Paul Harrison and Toshio Dokei recently advised JBIC, NEXI, HSBC and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the $3.2bn financing provided to Hyundai Heavy Industries and Saudi Electricity for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 2640MW power plant in Jeddah South in Saudi Arabia. Hendrik Gordenker is ‘impressive’.

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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,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)’s lawyers attract praise for their ability to ‘come up with flexible creative solutions’, and can leverage the firm’s global network to conduct large cross-border deals. The team recently advised Toyota Industries Corporation on its $760m acquisition of Cascade Corporation via a public tender offer, which involved a vertical merger control review by the US Department of Justice. The team is jointly led by Brian Strawn (who ‘can quickly figure out the point and solution of complicated situations’) and Jun Usami, who gives ‘highly skilled advice’.

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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,

Recent highlights for White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)’ practice include advising JTEKT Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation in a collective action arising out of redundancies carried out by affiliate company Koyo Bearings España at its facility in Bilbao, Spain. Brian Strawn and associate Jake Baccari provide ‘reasonable and well-balanced advice’. Joel Greer is ‘smart, client oriented, responsive and faithful’.

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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,

Yuji Ogiwara’s team at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is praised for its ‘client-oriented’ and ‘value-for-money’ service. Associates Hiroshi Naito and Kenneth MacKay recently represented digital marketing agency IREP Co in respect of the globalisation of its online business platform through a joint venture in Japan, and the licensing of mobile advertising technology from Canadian entity Acquisio.

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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,

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)’ Yuji Ogiwara advises clients on a wide range of employment-related matters in a spectrum of industries including entertainment and broadcasting, pharmaceutical, financial services, manufacturing, and information technology. Clients include Chubu Electric, Dyson and Abbott Laboratories.

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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)’s ‘talented’ team provides a ‘very satisfying service’ to a client base including CapitaLand, Mapletree, and Nomura Real Estate Asset Management. In 2014, the practice advised a large investment entity on its acquisition of a large portfolio of assets, and advised a lender on the financing of a portfolio of elder care facilities. Team leader Tetsuya Morimoto has a strong reputation.

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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) fields a five-partner team that handles a range of shipping finance matters and shipping transactions. Hendrik Gordenker is active on big-ticket joint ventures, often with an LNG angle, and Simon Collins regularly acts for Japanese lenders, shipping lines and utility companies owning LNG tankers. Paul Harrison has a superb reputation on the finance side. Toshio Dokei and Alexander Woody are also recommended.

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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) handles domestic and international asset securitisations and related off-balance sheet financing involving Japanese market participants, as well as complex structured finance transactions. In one highlight, the practice advised a major international lender on the establishment of its new programme for repackaging convertible bonds. Koichiro Ohashi and Seiji Matsuzoe are the standout practitioners.

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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) regularly represents large corporates on transfer price fixing matters. Team leader Gary Thomas is noted for his international taxation expertise, and is also a qualified zeirishi. Akira Akamatsu is another name to note. Recent mandates include representing a major US electronic components firm in a transfer pricing audit in Japan.

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