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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 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)

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) is strong in M&A related matters and cases of abuse of superior bargaining positions. The practice assisted HNA Ecotech with its $700m acquisition of BCP (Singapore) VI Cayman, and provides ongoing advice to PhRMA, a trade group representing companies in the US pharmaceutical industry, on antitrust compliance standards. The ‘excellent’ Toshio Dokei leads the team, Seiji Niwa was promoted to counsel and Takako Onoki is a key associate.

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 ‘superb team’ at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) fields ‘diligent, responsive, hardworking and innovative individuals’ with asset finance practice head Simon Collins receiving praise for his ‘incredible legal knowledge and expertise, and overall understanding of the Japanese market and its nuances’. Collins’ recent work includes working with newly promoted partner Seiji Matsuzoe in acting for BTMU, Mizuho Bank and SMBC as senior lenders during a multi-tranche $2.2bn debt refinancing for Sprint Telecom, handling the Japanese operating leases with call options (JOLCO) financing of three aircraft for Aeroméxico, and assisting CIT Aerospace with the leasing of four aircraft to All Nippon Airways. Project finance specialist Toshio Dokei leads the banking team, which includes ‘brilliant’ counsel Keisuke Imon.

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Japan: Capital markets

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

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

At White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), newly promoted partner Seiji Matsuzoe leads the practice, which is recognised for its structured finance and public offering expertise, particularly when cross-border issues are involved. In a recent matter, Matsuzoe led advice to Starts Proceed Investment on its public offering of investment units totalling ¥24bn. Further areas of expertise for the group include samurai bonds, debt buybacks, IPOs, private offerings and derivatives.

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

Norifusa Hashimoto - Kaynex Law Offices

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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)

As ‘an incredibly strong player in the market’, White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)receives a triple-A rating’ from clients, who praise its ‘deep industry knowledge, exceptional professionalism and outstanding pragmatism’ as key factors in its success, making it ‘a go-to firm for cross-border M&A’. Brian Strawn and Jun Usami jointly lead the department; Strawn is ‘polite and kind in his manner, enhancing his insights and perspective’ and Usami’s ‘experience in managing international M&A projects makes him stand out from the crowd’. Usami’s recent work includes advising Mizuho Financial Group as financial adviser to SoftBank on its £24bn acquisition of Arm Holdings, while Karl Pires assisted Osaka Gas with three US-based IPP transactions including its acquisition of a stake in CPV Shore Holdings and its $700m three-tranche debt financing of CPV Fairview. The Development Bank of Japan, IHI Corporation and Petrobras Brasileiro are also clients. Nels Hansen joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2017.

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)

At White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), the ‘unrivalled’ practice ‘fully deserves its position at the top’ thanks to its ‘excellent expertise, high-quality service and customer-oriented approach’. The firm has ‘a long-established reputation in the oil and gas sector’ with notable experience in LNG matters; highlights included advising Tepco and Chubu Electric on its joint venture (JERA) and the related transferral of LNG assets. Further mandates included acting for Canadian Solar on the financing of several solar projects, assisting SMBC with the financing of the Legoland theme park in Nagoya, and handling JOIN’s investment into a high-speed railway development in Texas. The ‘highly respectedPaul Harrison heads up the department, which counts Toshio Dokei, associate Alex Claydon, Micah Sadoyama and Alexander Woody, who ‘knows the LNG industry inside out’, as key practitioners.

Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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

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Japan: 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)

The ‘dedicated and client-focused’ department at White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) focuses on inbound and outbound real estate transactions. Practice head Tetsuya Morimoto recently advised PAG, CBRE and Unified Industrial on the sale of a portfolio of 169 properties; Mizuho Yamada ‘consistently demonstrates exceptionally strong capability in the field’; and Gerald Fujii handles real estate acquisition and finance matters with notable experience advising real estate funds. Ayako Kawano is also singled out, counsel Chiho Saito is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and associate Kazuo Kasai ‘provides great client support’.

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)’s restructuring and insolvency team assists creditors, debtors and other market participants with distressed business enterprise transactions and represents insolvency appointment takers from the major accountancy firms and boutiques. The team advised CIT Aerospace on its aircraft leased to Skymark Airlines and the arrangements put in place following Skymark’s corporate restructuring in Japan. Simon Collins is recommended.

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