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Herbert Smith Freehills' full-service offering and cross-border capability ensures it can handle a wide range of significant and innovative matters including transactions, joint ventures, licensing work, compliance issues and disputes. The two-partner practice is led by 'responsive' TMT specialist Graeme Preston, who is 'very experienced in cross-border M&A’; he has particular expertise advising clients on transactions, commercial issues and licensing matters. Also noteworthy is senior associate Emma Stones, who ‘does an exceptional job of handling tasks efficiently and effectively.' The team recently worked with SoftBank Group on its investment into a series of solar projects in India.

With seven US-qualified technology and licensing lawyers, Morrison & Foerster LLP has a dedicated team specialising in technology transactions including the transfer, commercialisation, development and exploitation of IP. Stuart Beraha heads the technology transactions group and has experience in technology, content, branding and IP; he is advising Toshiba on the $18bn sale of its subsidiary Toshiba Memory Corporation to a consortium led by Bain Capital. In another recent highlight, the department also assisted Toshiba with the sale of Toshiba Visual Solutions to Hisense Electric, a leading China-based electronics and home appliances manufacturer.

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) advises clients across the spectrum of the communications industry, from wireline operators and equipment manufacturers to satellite network and media content providers. The group has significant strength in the fintech sector, thanks to a multi-disciplinary team, which advises on transactional and regulatory issues. Practice head Kensaku Takase focuses on IT and IP law and regularly handles IT deals related to outsourcing, licensing, and cloud-based solutions; he also has experience in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance programmes. Associate Tsugihiro Okada is also recommended; he focuses on data protection, telecoms law and antitrust matters. The team recently advised the Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Lifull on its A$187m scheme of arrangement acquisition of Mitula Group; the transaction created a leading global online classifieds and marketplaces group.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is involved in many of the biggest tech deals in Japan thanks to a combination of expertise from across the US, Europe and Asia. The group focuses on complex, cross-border matters; it recently advised Hewlett-Packard on the Japanese aspects of its global division into two separate listed companies. Edward Cole, Takeshi Nakao
 and Kaori Yamada co-head an experienced team that recently assisted high-profile technology client, Lenovo, with its $234m acquisition of a majority stake in the PC business of Fujitsu.

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