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At Atsumi & Sakai 'the advice hits all the right points to balance competition law and business risks' and 'truly exceptional' practice head Setsuko Yufu is noted for the 'depth of her understanding of Japanese and foreign competition law as well as her excellent relationship with the JFTC'. A team including Saori Hanada and 'up-and-coming starMasayuki Matsuura is acting for a Japanese manufacturer in the landmark 'autoparts cartel' investigations launched by the JFTC and foreign regulatory bodies. Meanwhile, Tatsuo Yamashima – who is described as 'one of the outstanding antitrust experts in Japan' – is collaborating with Yufu and recently promoted partner Yusuke Miura to defend a major Japanese shipping company in investigations into a host of anticompetitive business practices by the JFTC, DoJ, EU and other entities. The group also advises clients on general compliance matters, internal investigations and merger clearance mandates in the context of M&A transactions. Recent team developments include the arrival of Hisashi Miyatsuka and of counsel Go Fujimoto from Nishimura & Asahi and of counsel Kohei Murakawa from Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho.

The strength of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's antitrust practice arises from its strong track record in the M&A space and its dedicated, multi-disciplinary team. The team is regularly appointed by domestic and international clients to advise on cross-border merger control, competition-related litigation and regulatory investigations. The firm has acted for enviable blue-chip clients such as Showa Shell, JX Holdings and Mitsubishi. The key names to note include Hideki Utsunomiya, Kenji Ito and counsel Tsuyoshi Ikeda.

Eriko Watanabe spearheads the antitrust and competition team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu which has been strengthened by the promotion to partner of Ryohei Tanaka and the arrival of former JFTC commissioner Hideo Makuta as an advisor. In recent highlights, Kaoru Hattori and Yusuke Kaeriyama teamed up to advise NYK on the merger of its container liner shipping business with Mitsui OSK Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to establish a new joint venture. Elsewhere, Yoshitoshi Imoto acted for several international clients, such as SK Holdings, in obtaining merger clearance from the JFTC on high-value M&A transactions. On the contentious side, the group successfully persuaded the trade commission not to impose a cease and desist order against its client – a US-based conglomerate – following a cartel investigation launched in 2016. Litigation partner Koki Yanagisawa is representing a major software company in proceedings filed by one of its customers seeking compensation for damages caused by alleged deceptive customer inducement during the transaction process.

Nishimura & Asahi's sizeable antitrust group is led by Kozo Kawai and recently handled the competition aspects of the business integration of the Daishi Bank and the Hokuetsu Bank. In other highlights, Takuya Matsuo and Tatsuya Nakayama acted for the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan regarding its investment in Dynamic Map Planning, a joint venture for the development of autonomous cars and support systems. Amazon, Google and Sumitomo are also notable clients.

Recently strengthened by the arrival of special counsel Takeshi Ishida from the JFTC, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune  fields a team of dedicated antitrust specialists with substantial experience in representing Japanese clients in the full range of regulatory enforcement agencies including the JFTC, the DoJ and the European Commission. Under the leadership of Takeshi Suzuki, the team advised Mitsubishi Paper Mills on its strategic capital and business alliance with Oji Holdings and the necessary merger clearance. Senior foreign counsel Dr Vassili Moussis teamed up with Yusuke Nakano to file amendments to notification under the Maritime Transportation Act of Japan on behalf of clients of 2M alliance. On the contentious side, Yoshihito Shibata is representing Qualcomm before the JFTC regarding the allegedly infringing licensing provisions by mobile phone manufacturers, while Atsushi Yamada  is assisting a major building material company with its response to a cease and desist and surcharge payment order issued by the commission pertaining to a price-fixing cartel. Other key names include Shigeyoshi Ezaki and Hideto Ishida.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune - Japanese translation: アンダーソン・毛利・友常法律事務所 ・ 安德森·毛利·友常律师事务所 は、豊富な経験を持つ独占禁止法の専門家による専任チームを有し、公平取引委員会、米国司法省、欧州委員会など様々な規制執行機関で日本人クライアントの代理人として活動しています。近年、公平取引委員会から石田健氏をスペシャル・カウンセルとして迎え、その機能をさらに強化しています。鈴木剛志氏のリーダーシップの下、本チームは、王子ホールディングスの戦略的資本業務提携およびそれに伴う合併審査に関する助言を三菱製紙に提供しました。 外国法事務弁護士であるバシリ・ムシス氏は中野雄介氏とチームを組み、2Mアライアンスのクライアントの代理として、日本の海上運送法に基づく通知書の訂正を申請しました。 係争分野については、柴田義人氏がクアルコム社によるライセンス契約条項の独禁法違反に関する携帯電話機メーカー各社からの訴えに対し、公正取引委員会でクアルコム社の代理人を務めています。また、山田篤氏は、価格カルテルに関する公正取引委員会からの停止命令および課徴金納付命令への対応で大手建設資材会社を支援しています。 その他の注目すべき人物として、江崎滋恒氏、石田英遠氏の名が挙げられます。

The antitrust and competition offering at TMI Associates is jointly led by Masafumi Oshino and Yusuke Kashiwagi and has been bolstered by the promotion to partner of Yohsuke Higuchi and Daigo Fujii, as well as the arrival of Harumichi Uchida from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. An enviable client roster, including major corporates, appointed the department to oversee the merger clearance aspects of high-profile M&A transactions and represent them in cartel investigations launched by the JFTC and foreign regulatory bodies. The group also acts for individual senior executives and administrative officers in such investigations. Other key names include Tetsuro Toriumi, Hidehiro Utsumi and Koichiro Hanamoto.

The antitrust and competition team at Iwata Godo cover both the non-contentious aspects of merger clearance and regulatory compliance as well as any litigation that may arise from investigations and allegations of abuse of power. Clients can rely on dispute resolution specialist Yoshihiro Toji, Shinya Tago, Atsushi Izumi and Manabu Eiguchi who are some of the noteworthy names within the practice.

Iwata Godo - Japanese translation: 岩田合同法律事務所 の競争法チームは、合併審査や規制遵守の分野で訴訟に関わらない案件と、調査や職権乱用の訴えから生じる訴訟案件の両方に対応しています。 紛争解決を専門とする田路至弘氏、田子真也氏、泉篤志氏、永口学氏はクライアントからの信頼も高く、この分野において注目度の高い人物です。

Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba's strength is in the contentious space where it handles cartel investigations and claims of anti-competitive market practices. The team's caseload also includes cross-border mandates such as merger reviews on behalf of Japanese clients with business abroad, and issues pertaining to misleading representation and distribution policies. Nobuaki Mukai is a key name to note.

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners' managing partner Shiro Kuniya and Tetsuya Nagasawa have previously handled significant competition and consumer protection litigation cases and continue to advise Japanese clients on domestic and international merger clearance compliance. Teppei Mogi heads the firm's international business law and dispute resolution departments and is a key name to note.

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