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The ‘excellent’ team at Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) ‘provides complex employment law advice’ and utilises its global network to handle domestic and cross-border matters for multinational companies with operations in Japan including those in the banking, commercial, retail and technology sectors. The ‘knowledgeable and very calm’ Tomohisa Muranushi is a member of the firm’s corporate M&A practice group and heads up the labour and employment team; he has notable experience in designing terms and conditions of employment, workforce reductions and labour disputes, and provides ‘concise and practical advice’.

DLA Piper assists domestic and foreign clients; it recently advised Cisco on all its Japanese employment work and is employment counsel for Princess Cruise Lines. Other clients include Audemars Piguet Holding and SDL. Practice head Lawrence Carter regularly advises on contentious and non-contentious cross-border matters and also handles harassment work and investigations. Senior associate Keiji Nasuda and associate Koji Ohtani are also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills 'provides quick, sufficient and practical advice to its clients’ and combines global and local knowledge with significant experience and a commercial approach, making it ‘a reliable international law firm in the field of labour and employment law’. The department advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious work; it has recently been involved in compliance-related instructions including harassment claims and investigations, overtime compliance work and issues relating to terminations for poor performance or misconduct. Practice head David Gilmore leads ‘a very good labour and employment team’, which includes the ‘always professional and practical’ Florence Cheung, who is ‘highly competent with very strong knowledge of all aspects of employment’.

The team at K&L Gates focuses on advising domestic and international employer clients in multi-jurisdictional and international employment matters. Practice head Takahiro Hoshino is a former judge in the Tokyo and Utsunomiya District Courts and Nobuki Wada is singled out for his contentious expertise, particularly in relation to restructurings, dismissals, mental health issues and overtime pay.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's practice represents global companies in employment disputes in Japan, and also works closely with the firm's corporate department on the employment elements of major cross-border M&A deals. Practice head Yumiko Ohta was recently promoted to partner and specialises in employment litigation in the Japanese courts including the Tokyo District Court and the Labour Tribunal System in Japan.

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