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

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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)

The ‘excellent’ team at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) excels in cartel investigations, unfair trade cases and supply chain advice. Practice head Toshio Dokei and counsel Arthur Mitchell (who ‘understands both the US litigation environment and Japanese business culture’) continued to act for Toys “R” Us in a JFTC investigation (and subsequent appeal), related to an alleged abuse of its dominant bargaining position. Senior associates Seiji Niwa and Takako Onoki are highly recommended.

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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) recently advised Mizuho Bank on a $500m guaranteed loan to a subsidiary of Brazil’s Petrobras, for the building and conversion of 12 Japanese-made floating platform hulls. The oil, gas and power project lawyer Paul Harrison and acquisition finance specialist Toshio Dokei led on the matter. Also noted, Simon Collins’ practice is centred on bank, aircraft and ship finance transactions.

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Japan: Capital markets

International firms and joint ventures
Capital markets: 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) represents clients such as Deutsche Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Shinsei Trust Bank, and SMBC. Recent headline work includes advising Tokyo-based J-REIT Starts Proceed Investment Corporation on its ¥5bn sixth public offering, which included an uridashi (foreign currency-denominated) component; practice head Seiji Matsuzoe led on the matter. Of Counsel Norifusa Hashimoto is also a key contact.

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

Norifusa Hashimoto - White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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Japan: Construction

International firms and joint ventures
Construction: 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 noted for its ability on the construction aspects of LNG projects, and practice head Paul Harrison has ‘strong intellectual capacity, a balanced perspective and excellent problem solving skills – he also communicates effectively, is a self-starter and does all this without much fanfare’. Toshio Dokei is also recommended. The team is advising Vale, a Brazilian mining corporation, on the construction of a railway line in Mozambique and Malawi, as part of the Nacala project.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Paul Harrison - White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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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

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

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)is one of the best among the global firms which have a Tokyo branch’. Key practitioners include: Brian Strawn, who is ‘rich in legal knowledge’ and ‘insightful on Japanese companies’; Mangyo Kinoshita, whose knowledge of M&A and start-up financing ‘is one of the best in the industry’; and Jun Usami, who is ‘very understanding of Japanese clients’ needs.’ Usami and Strawn co-lead the practice, which recently represented J-Will Partners on its acquisition, in conjunction with Sankei Building, of Japanese company Granvista Hotels & Resorts.

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)provides creative solutions to issues, leaning on their understanding of cultural nuances and good business acumen’. Recent work includes advising two parties on a joint venture to create a company to buy LNG; the team also acted for a Japanese utility company and a shipping company on a project to build and operate two LNG tankers. Paul Harrisonnot only possesses the intellectual capacity, but a balanced perspective and excellent problem-solving skills’. Of counsel Hendrik Gordenkerresponds quickly and accurately’, and is deemed to be one of the best for LNG-related matters. Micah Sadoyama was promoted to the partnership in January 2015.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Hendrik Gordenker - 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)

Tetsuya Morimoto leads the highly regarded team at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), which shows ‘strong flexibility when catering to client needs in a tight timeframe, and possesses a good understanding of the industry, both in Japan and overseas’. Gerald Fujii has expertise in real estate acquisitions and finance, with a focus on advising real estate investment funds. The team recently advised Secured Capital on the $1.7bn sale of Pacific Century Place in Tokyo to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC.

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 2

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

The insolvency lawyers at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) are currently handling substantial work for a large aerospace company, and also have experience in cross-border bankruptcies. Gerald Fujii and Simon Collins are the names to note.

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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) utilises its ‘deep knowledge’ to excel in ship financing and transactions. Practice head Simon Collins represents Japanese lenders, shipowners and utility companies which own LNG tankers, and recently advised Seaspan (formerly Washington Marine Group) on the Japanese operating-lease financing of three container vessels valued at $110m each. Finance specialist Paul Harrison, Toshio Dokei and Alexander Woody are recommended alongside newly promoted partner Micah Sadoyama. Hendrik Gordenker is now of counsel.

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Japan: Structured finance/securitisation

International firms and joint ventures
Structured finance/securitisation: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

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

At White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), Seiji Matsuzoe advised Starts Proceed Investment Corporation on an issuance of equity investment units via a public offering and an uridashi over-allotment offering. Mizuho Securities was the lead underwriter. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Shinsei Trust Bank and SMBC. Norifusa Hashimoto is well regarded.

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

Norifusa Hashimoto - White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

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