Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
JP TOWER, 2-7-2 MARUNOUCHI
CHIYODA-KU
TOKYO 100-7036
Japan

Japan > Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 1

The antitrust and competition practice of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is experienced across sector, including pharmaceutical, IT, semiconductor, financial services, retail and automobiles. As well as substantial cross-border expertise, the firm has a longstanding relationship with the JFTC, allowing it provide clients full service advice in the area. Antitrust and competition law specialist Eriko Watanabe  leads the team that includes Kaoru Hattori, who handles cartel investigations; Yoshitoshi Imoto , who focuses on merger cases, antitrust government investigations and compliance matters; and Ryohei Tanaka, who represents multi-national firms as well as large Japanese corporation in merger control proceedings before the JFTC.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘NO&T has a very strong, dilligent and hands on team. We have been involved in various cartel investigations and merger control matters together in the past years. They are very focused and responsive and know very well the market.’

‘Kaoru Hattori is very intelligent and sharp in her comments and advice.’

‘Yoshitoshi Imoto is one of the best Japanese lawyers I have worked with. He is very fast and complete.’

‘Super organized team – we were very impressed by them keeping on top of things.’

‘The competition practice of Nagashima Ohno is one of the best in Town. It is one of the big four with a wealth of expertise and experience. ’

‘The partner I work with is Yoshihito (Yoshi) Imoto. He is a brilliant lawyer, very dependable, intelligent, creative and enjoyable to work with. ’

Key clients

Infineon Technologies AG

ZOZO, Inc.

Suzuki Motor Corporation

FUJIFILM Corporation

Peugeot SA

Softbank KK

Panasonic Corporation

Isuzu Motors Ltd.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Peugeot S.A. in its consolidation with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
  • Advised CVC Asia Pacific Limited in its acquisition of Shiseido’s Personal Care business by K.K. Oriental Beauty Holding.
  • Advised FUJIFILM Corporation in its acquisition of Hitachi’s diagnostic imaging-related business.

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu specialises in advising on loans and other credit-related transactions, including syndicated loans, non-recourse loans, derivatives, aircraft and ship financing, and foreign trades financing. The firm has particular strength in real estate finance, as well as being active in a range of structured, acquisition and project finance matters. Other core areas for the practice include sophisticated securitization projects, insolvency and bankruptcy advice. Fumihide Sugimoto leads the team and can call on the expertise of Mami Ikebukuro , who is known for real estate finance, including J-REIT financing; acquisition finance specialist Jiro Mikami ; Hironori Matsuo, who focuses on acquisition and foreign trade finance; and Hiromi Hattori, whose handles a range of acquisition finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (including MUFG Bank, Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.)

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (including Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. and Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.)

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.)

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc. (including Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited)

Shinsei Bank, Limited

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Daiwa Securities

JP Morgan

Development Bank of Japan

Work highlights

  • Advised the lender, MUFG Bank, Ltd., on the acquisition of 100% shares of NTT DOCOMO. INC. by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.
  • Acted as legal counsel to an SPC in which AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd. and other AXA related entities (purchaser/borrower) had invested.
  • Advised BOOSTRY Co., Ltd. who has developed a securities platform called “ibet,” which uses a block chain technology. NOMURA Agri Planning & Advisory, Co. Ltd. issued its membership token, which provided rights to participate in a project of growing asparagus, and such token was issued and transferred on “ibet.” As BOOSTRY’s legal counsel, the practice researched legal issues and prepared the relevant documentation.

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 1

With expertise across the spectrum of transactions Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s experience includes global offerings by Japanese issuers of equity and debt securities, global and domestic IPOs, Japanese offerings by foreign issuers and J-REIT transactions. The strong capital markets practice, led by Fumihide Sugimoto, is combined with a well-regarded securitization team that worked on the first ever structured revenue bonds issuance of a Japanese municipality government and the first structured covered bonds issuance by a Japanese bank. Other key names in the area include Miyuki Ishiguro , Motohiro Yanagawa  and Hidetaka Mihara.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘This firm has provided us superb legal advice in structured finance area for long time, especially in securitization area. Without their strong support, we’ve never accomplished the first ABS backed by auto loan including residual value in Japan.’

‘Motohiro Yanagawa, Partner, who leads his team and support many transactions for us, has broad knowledge about structured finance and creativity which helps us achieve several new deals in Japan, i.e. Auto Loan ABS including residual value and Auto Lease ABS including maintenance, which are the first transaction in Japan.’

‘Yuichi Miyashita, a partner at Nagashima Ohno and Tsunematsu, understands commercial realities and the nature of cross-border transactions. We are very pleased with his quality of works and dedication. He is highly accessible and responsive to our inquiries, and provides very logical/clear advice as well as practical solutions that satisfy our commercial objectives. Especially, he has deep knowledge in the area of capital markets practice in Japan, and therefore he is our preferred legal advisor for the transactions related to such practice area.’

‘Kimura Sosuke and Miyashita Yuichi. They’re young partners but their advices are very helpful.’

‘They are well experienced team with highly qualified capability. Their work is not omly reliable but also speedy.’t

‘Motohiro Yanagawa is a well experienced partner. His suggestions and opinions are beyond our expectation.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Development Bank of Japan

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Japan Finance Organization for Municipalities

BNP Paribas

Resona Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. in its global public offering of common stock.
  • Advised Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. and other underwriters in the global public offering of common stock of ANA HOLDINGS INC.
  • Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited in the issuance of Series 1 €850,000,000 0.01 per cent Bonds due 2027 under its €5,000,000,000 Covered Bond Programme.

Japan > Corporate and M&A: Independent local firms Tier 1

Full-service firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu specialises in high-profile M&A involving Japanese listed companies, as well as assisting overseas clients in local laws and transactions. Experience covers transactions across the electronics, technology, financial institutions, telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors. Another distinguishing factor of the practice is the global network it can draw from, with offices spanning New York, Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Shanghai. Corporate, M&A and governance expert Yuko Tamai  co-leads the team with Hiroshi Mitoma , who handles a range of domestic and cross-border transactions. They can call on a deep bench of expertise, including M&A and transactions specialists Tomohiko Iwasaki  and Shuichi Nishimura .

Practice head(s):

Hiroshi Mitoma; Yuko Tamai

Other key lawyers:

Tomohiko Iwasaki; Shuichi Nishimura

Key clients

SoftBank Corp.

Isuzu Motors Limited

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation

Sony Corporation

Bain Capital

Panasonic Corporation

FUJIFILM Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation

Kirin Holdings Company, Limited

Kyocera Corporation

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

ITOCHU Corporation

Permira

Komatsu Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

General Electric Company

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Japan

Work highlights

  • Advised Sony Group Corporation in its acquisition of shares of Sony Financial Holdings Inc. to make it a wholly owned subsidiary
  • Advised Isuzu Motor Limited in its acquisition of UD Trucks from Volvo Group.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of Shiseido Company, Limited’s personal care business and establishment of a joint venture with Shiseido.

Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 1

Representing large domestic and foreign business entities, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu specialises in high-profile litigation before Japanese courts, as well as providing experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings. The disputes practice can draw from the full service firm’s expertise in commercial transaction, IP, antitrust, labour and employment, tax, product liability, construction, securities and consumer affairs. In international arbitration, the group has been active in matters related to dissolved strategic alliances, renewable energy projects, construction and distributorships. Koki Yanagisawa  leads the team and focuses on disputes in the areas of commercial, antitrust and employment law. Other key names in the field include arbitration specialist Yoshimi Ohara , who represents clients in international arbitration under the auspices of ICSID, SIAC, ICC, AAA/ICDR and JCAA rules; Hisaya Kimura, who handles cross-border and domestic dispute resolution; and Yoshimi Ohara , whose experience covers corporate, securities, and employment law proceedings, and tort lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu NY LLP keeps providing very useful advices in various area of practice, with great collaboration with other firms. ’

‘Mr. Hironobu Tsukamoto has been supporting our litigation matters for years, collaborating with local lawyers. He is always responsive, and gives us best advices and proposals based upon deep understanding on our history, businesses and decision-making process.’

‘NO&T provide an excellent full service offering to clients and international law firms. Having worked with NO&T for a number of years on a cross-border matter (I work for a firm based in London) I was impressed by how hard-working the team were and the excellent quality of the work done by their team. They are easy to work with and very commercial in how they approach problems.’

‘At partner level, I have worked closely for a number of years with Koki Yanagisawa and Shinsuke Hiratsu. Both are excellent lawyers. They are hard-working, a pleasure to work with, commercial in the way that they approach problems and they have a great depth of experience of the Japanese legal system to draw on. They understand the complexities of cross-border work and their advice is always spot on!

‘I am constantly amazed by the prompt turnaround on every issue raised, on the quality and depth of the analysis provided, and the extent of the familiarity of the NO&T with the legal landscape not only in their jurisdictions of choice, but also many others around the world. ’

Key clients

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Central Japan Railway Company

Tokyo Electric Power Company

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Kajima Corporation

SECOM Co., Ltd.

Resona Bank, Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Central Japan Railway Company in its Linear Chuo Shinkansen litigation.
  • Advised Tokyo Electric Power Company in its shareholders derivative litigation.
  • Advised COOLKNOT JAPAN INC. and Mr. Masakazu Osada (the Representative Director of COOLKNOT JAPAN INC.) in their patent litigation against Twins Corporation.

Japan > Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

Superior in huge, multilateral international cases’ the Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu IP practice group covers the breadth of litigation and transactional matters, due diligence, R&D agreements, and licensing. Notable individuals at the firm include Shunji Matsuda , who advises private corporates and public sector agencies. Kenji Tosaki is active in the pharmaceutical sector, particularly  in litigation. In addition, Keiji Tonomura has experience in representing global and local clients in TMT IP-related matters. The team manages an impressive client list of household names, with recent matters including litigation involving the well-known Mario brand in the Supreme Court.

Other key lawyers:

Shunji Matsuda; Kenji Tosaki; Keiji Tonomura

Testimonials

‘The Japanese practice the level of English understood by the team is great. The team has great understanding of the law and usually supported by patent attorney team for technical aspects.’

‘Kenji Tosaki is the stand-out partner for the team. He is hard working and responsive all hours which is great for foreign clients.’

‘Shunji Matsuda-sensei is a great lawyer in this field.’

‘Nagashima has a large number of IP attorneys who have a rich experience in the U.S. IP firms. They have a capacity to handle big international cases, while keeping high-quality work and intense communication with foreign clients.’

Key clients

Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Nichia Corporation

Sanofi

Isuzu Motors Limited

Panasonic

Nissan Chemical

FP Corporation

COOLKNOT JAPAN INC.

Twitter Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Nintendo successfully in a well-publicized IP litigation matter in Japan, where Nintendo filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on February 24, 2017, against Maricar Inc., a Japanese company that gave its customers the experience of driving through various cities in Japan wearing the costumes of Nintendo’s famous characters, such as Mario.
  • Represented the co-owners of a Japanse patent covering Patanol in a case concerning the JPO’s decision on the request for an invalidation trial to invalidate the patent.

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 1

Advising international business entities and Japanese affiliates, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s team handles the spread of employment advice, including employee contracts and work rules, employment-related regulatory compliance, contracts for executives and executive compensation and redundancy procedures. The firm also bring expertise in large-scale commercial litigation and corporate law matters to its labour practice. A key name in the area is Norimitsu Arai, whose specialisms cover union-related matters, litigation matters and transactional employment matters. Also active in the field is Satoshi Hosokawa, who focuses on disputes, harassment investigations, the employment aspects of restructuring of corporate entities and employment related M&A.

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Testimonials

‘We retained this firm’s partner Mr. Hironobu Tsukamoto for advice in terminating the employment of CEO of our U.S. affiliate. He was always, together with an associate Ms. Natsuko Kitagawa, highly responsive and always gave us very useful, practical advice based on his extensive experience in the field of Employment Disputes and Employment Law Advice.’

‘Nagashima Ohno & Tsukanematsu (NO&T) supported us in the restructuring project of US distributor. Their response was always quick, timely and well considered.’

‘I highly recommend Japanese companies to retain NO&T (especially, Mr. Hironobu Tsukamoto) when they deal with the US project. NO&T is very responsive and their advice is excellent.’

‘Great responsiveness. Excellent with US clients’

‘Completely reliable. Very easy to work with. My go to people for all Japanese legal queries’

Japan > Private wealth: Independent local firms Tier 1

Covering the spectrum of services in the area, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has particular strengths in structured finance and trusts, taxation, general corporate and M&A, as well as advising on domestic and cross-border issues. Masayuki Fukuda  is known for strength in trusts and inheritance work; he co-leads the team with expert in tax advice Yushi Hegawa . Another key name in the area is Yoshikazu Hasegawa , who has experience in Singapore matters.

Testimonials

‘Yoshikazu Hasegawa has an excellent reputation in the market.’

‘Very efficient; understands quickly international issues.’

‘Capable to grasp complex matters.’

‘This team works with Japanese clients in Singapore and the SE Asian region. They are trusted by individuals due to their ability to communicate in Japanese and understand the Japanese mindset.’

‘Yoshikazu Hasegawa has lived and worked in Singapore for many years and is keenly aware of both the Singapore legal market and the Japanese UHNW client requirement.’

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises leading power utility companies, trading companies and investors on material energy-related projects, as well as assisting financial institutions in a range of energy law and infrastructure matters. Acting for domestic and international stakeholders, generators, retail energy providers and financial institutions, the firm has particular experience in project finance for renewable energy projects. Shunpei Tanaka  co-leads the team with project finance expert Jiro Mikami; they can draw from a deep well of expertise, not least Takao Higuchi, who focuses on energy, infrastructure and project finance, as well as corporate finance. Other key names are energy specialist Kei Okubo  and Kiyoshi Honda, whose forte is real estate finance.

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Testimonials

‘Unrivalled deep understanding of JERA’s business.’

‘Kei Okubo, practical and realistic advice.’

‘While there are many law firms with different characteristics, Nagashima Ohno has no barriers between partners, and accessibility to each area of expertise is very high. We have the impression that they are very willing to solve problems together.’

‘The firm has a clear distinction between work carried out by the partners themselves and work carried out mainly by the associate lawyers, but the partners are always the main point of contact. We have the impression that the partners value hearing directly from their clients. This policy enables us to achieve the desired results and speed very quickly, while at the same time receiving a convincing and persuasive opinion.’

‘This firm has a wide network with legal firms all over the world therefore we can get advice from the legal firm where we intend to invest thorguh NO&T. In addition, the laywers in NO&T also have experience and knowledge deeply, so they always provide us orrect and reliable comments and They always review and draft agreement meticulously.’

Key clients

Development Bank of Japan Inc.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

The Tokyo Electric Generation Company, Incorporated.

TEPCO Power Grid, Incorporated

JERA Co., Inc.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited.

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc.

ABLE Co., Ltd.

Renova, Inc

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Equinix Inc./Equinix Japan Kabushiki Kaisha

Work highlights

  • Represented the Development Bank of Japan Inc. and Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc., respectively, during the formation of the consortium in relation to the Airport Operation of the Seven Airports in Hokkaido.
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Ontario’s Teachers’ Pension Plan in Equis Development Pte. Ltd.’s establishment of Asia-focused renewable and waste investment fund.
  • Represented Equinix Group in relation to its development projects for hyper scale data centers (xScale data centers) located in Tokyo and Osaka.

Japan > Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 1

Known for its strong J-REITS practice and involvement in legislative drafting, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is also active in evolving its real estate and construction practices using new technologies and innovation, and example being the firm’s collaboration with PKSHA Technology Inc. and investment into legaltech start-up MNTSQ. Real estate finance and J-REIT expert Shunpei Tanaka  leads the strong team that includes Mami Ikebukuro, who focuses on real estate finance and real estate funds; Hiroto Inoue , who ‘is one of the best in real estate sector’; real estate specialist Kenji Utsumi ; and Shinichiro Horaguchi , whose experience covers real estate funds, real estate financing, real estate securitization and J-REIT formation.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘What I have been realizing is that the firm pays attentions to client’s same eye level, not bird’s eye view approach, to lead to the best solution. Thus, the advices are not limited to legal professional issue but also sometimes beyond such as commercial.’

‘Shunpei Tanaka is just supreme.’

‘They have a variety of experiences and knowledges for J-REIT sector. Whenever we face some difficulties, they always suggest us very reasonable and meaningful legal advises.’

‘Hiroto Inoue is one of the best in real estate sector. He has sufficient knowledges and experiences for real estate transactions and always keeps a very professional manner.’

Key clients

Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. (and its group companies)

MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD. (and its group companies)

Tokyu Land Corporation (and its group companies)

Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., Ltd. (and its group companies)

Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. (and its group companies)

Mitsubishi Corporation (and its group companies)

Hulic Co., Ltd. (and its group companies)

ORIX CORPORATION (and its group companies)

AEON Co., Ltd. (and its group companies)

NTT Urban Development (and its group companies)

Marubeni Corporation (and its group companies)

KAJIMA CORPORATION

SHIMIZU CORPORATION

SUMITOMO CORPORATION (and its group companies)

ESR Cayman Limited

Gaw Capital Partners

Hilton International

PGIM Real Estate

Norges Bank Real Estate Management

TOKYU CORPORATION

Accor S.A.

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Kenedix, Inc. (and its group companies)

Kokyo Asset Management Co., Ltd. (and its group companies)

Marriott International, Inc.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised GLP J-REIT in the acquisition of properties in one of the largest real estate deals in Japan in 2020, amounting USD 982 million.
  • Advised Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc. in the acquisition of five (5) logistics properties of approximately USD 1,189 million through two global offerings in 2020.
  • Advised Invincible Investment Corporation in its strategic rent structure change to address the significant impact on its hotel portfolio due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan > Restructuring and insolvency: Independent local firms Tier 1

The Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu restructuring practice is particularly strong in technology related matters, an example being the civil rehabilitation proceeding of a cryptocurrency exchange. The firm is known for acting as debtor counsel in large-scale matters, as well as providing experience in a range of in- and out-of-court workouts for international clients. Insolvency and restructuring experts Nobuaki Kobayashi  and Yosuke Kanegae  co-lead the team that includes Tomohiro Okawa, who focuses on restructuring transactions and distressed M&A, and Takashi Suzuki, who has broad experience in corporate reorganisations.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We are Restructuring advisors, We are collaborating with Nagashima, Ohno, and Tsunematsu Law Offices on several large projects. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Law Offices are the best law firm in Japan that can handle Restructuring projects of global companies.’

‘Nobuaki Kobayashi is a lawyer who can make the most moderate decisions in Restructuring project and come up with appropriate solutions to new problems.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Bain Capital

Micron Technology

Sanden Holdings

MtGox

NTT Anode Energy Corporation

Via Holdings

Watabe Wedding Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Takata Corporation in its global restructuring and sale of its global assets and operations to Key Safety Systems, Inc.
  • Trustee of MtGox Co., Ltd. in its newly commenced civil rehabilitation proceedings.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation in its involvement in Chiyoda Corporation’s financial revival plan.

Japan > Risk management and investigations: Independent local firms Tier 1

Advising on corporate regulatory and compliance cases related to the Japanese market, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is well regarded for ‘excellent service levels, response times, attitude and team work’. A particular strength for the firm is regulatory and compliance cases with a cross-border element, leveraging its multi-jurisdictional expertise. Innovation is another key selling point for the practice that utilizes technology in internal investigations, such as AI-supported forensic data collection and document review. Takayoshi Tao advises on high profile corporate crisis cases in Japan, notably those involving financial and securities regulations, accounting fraud, and third party investigations. He co-leads the team with Akihisa Shiozaki , who specialises in the fields of corporate governance and crisis management. Also active in the area are Daisuke Fukamizu , who has experience in international investigations; Tomohiro Hen, who handles domestic and cross-border governmental and regulatory investigations, white-collar crime and internal investigations; and senior counsel Hideaki Kobayashi, who focuses on corporate crisis cases in Japan.

Testimonials

‘Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NOT”) is one of the biggest law firms in Japan. They  provide excellent service levels, response times, attitude and team work. Especially, I am grateful for their cordial and dedicated attitude for us.’

‘I realize that their attitude is always client-oriented and their results are more than I expect. I worked with many lawyers in NOT and am satisfied with them. Specifically, I recommend Mr. HEN Tomohiro and KOBAYASHI Hideaki in the field of risk management and investigations, whose character and work are marvellous. In addition, Mr. HEN Tomohiro always devotes himself sincerely to resolve our problems with his full passion and energy.’

‘Daisuke Fukamizu is a smart, focused, hard-working lawyer who is rapidly developing strong skills and experience in large-scale international investigations.’

‘Most important thing may be to understand the clients business, industries and business practices and then provide clients with advices and/or recommendation, based upon related legal aspects as well as common sense as a human being. Always  fair and reasonable. NO&T always stand up for such justices.’

Key clients

Takata Corporation

Novartis Pharma

SUBARU

Kobe Steel, Ltd.

Bayer

Kubota Corporation

Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

The Institute of Applied Energy (IAE)

Hiramatsu, Inc.

The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19

ALBERT Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in its global investigation on misrepresentation of test results in inspection reports.
  • Advised The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19.
  • Advised Novartis Pharma K.K. in its criminal defense against a data manipulation probe in Japan.

Japan > Tax: Independent local firms Tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s tax team enters a new era following the promotion of Yushi Hegawa  to head of the tax practice group. Well known for its high-profile tax litigation practice, the firm acts for an impressive roster of domestic and international clients in addition to non-contentious tax advisory services. Hegawa routinely advises on multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial transactions, audits, and disputes, cancellations, and nullification orders. Also notable are Koichiro Yoshimura and Tsutomu Endo who focus on corporate transactions and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Mr. Yushi Hegawa has already got good credit in the market, which we re-confirmed in the recent engagement. At the same time, we encountered Mr. Koichiro Yoshimura. He mainly prepared the rebuttal letter. This was impressive. Very intelligent, fair and clear arguments. Yoshimura sensei is equally splendid to Hegawa sensei. NO&T provided a perfect service in the recent engagement. Big thanks again I would like to make to both.’

‘Tax lawyers are much better at tax opinion/rebuttal letter than accounting firms especially when a tax-payer submits those letters against the Japanese Tax Authorities/various challenges. Depending on nature of our internal difficulties, we rely on tax-lawyers’ services accordingly.’

Key clients

Johnson Controls

Vivendi

UBS Securities

Mitsubishi Corporation

Veoneer Inc.

NGK Insulators

Work highlights

  • Represented Universal Music, LLC, a Japanese subsidiary of Vivendi, in a tax litigation requesting cancellation of a tax assessment, We are representing the client at the appellate level in furtherance of the Tokyo District Court decision, where we secured a court decision in favor of our client.
  • Represented Kokusai Kogyo Kanri Co. Ltd. before the Supreme Court in a tax litigation, where we secured a court decision in favor of our client, the petitioner, in which a corporate tax cabinet order was nullified.
  • Represented NGK Insulators before the Tokyo District Court in tax litigation requesting cancellation of a tax adjustment.

Japan > TMT: Independent local firms Tier 1

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s broad client base and coverage ranges from large cross-border TMT deals to assisting start-ups. The practice combines its core specialism in tech M&A with niche strengths, notably in matters relating to the space industry. Ryo Okubo  is the standout expert in the latter field. Soichiro Fujiwara leads the team and advises international and domestic clients in the areas of software, online games and telecommunications. Another key name is Keiji Tonomura, who focuses on M&A, intellectual property and information technology transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge in the space industry and extensive experience of contract negotiation with customers in such industry. ’

‘Ryo Okubo has great experience and knowledge in the space industry.’

‘This Nagashima Ohno team quality is stable. When we contact their junior associate, any of their output has not dissatisfied us. ’

‘Mr. Tonomura always asks the right questions by keeping adequate patience and respect to the business team. His output, including his associates, has not disappointed us not only the quality standpoint but also the timeliness standpoint.’

Key clients

Airbnb

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Fuji Media Holdings, Inc.

Komatsu, Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

NTT Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation

Maezawa Yusaku

ispace, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Toyota Motor Corporation in its alliance with NTT Corporation on smart city projects.
  • Advised BOOSTRY Co., Ltd., on a joint venture between Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (“NRI”) and Nomura Holdings, to develop a securities platform called “ibet,” which uses a blockchain technology. NRI issued notes, which were issued and transferred on “ibet.”
  • Represented ispace, Inc., a Japanese largest space startup which is a private lunar robotic exploration company developing micro-robotic technology to provide a low-cost and frequent transportation service to and on the Moon and conduct lunar surface exploration in many of its projects.

Japan > Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 2

Known for representing major Japanese banks and financial institutions, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu provides advice on business developments and reforms in mobile payment, biometric authentication, blockchain technology, AI, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and other fintech related fields. In addition, the firm assists with business collaborations and joint ventures as well as the acquisition of fintech start-ups. Particular specialisms for the practice include financial regulations, data protection, cybersecurity, antitrust and tax, as well as the growing cryptocurrencies sector. Soichiro Fujiwara  co-leads the team with Taku Umezawa , who focuses on financial regulations and compliance. Another key name in the area is Keiji Tonomura, whose expertise covers M&A, IP and IT.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good relationship with the Regulatory authority and high ability to collect information on regulatory trends.’

‘High expertise in a wide range of fields including potential market.’

‘We appreciate Taku Umezawa very much.’

‘Good relationship with the Regulatory authority and high ability to collect information on regulatory trends – Insight into the latest trends in business, services and technology – High presentation and lecture skills for management.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

Toyota Financial Services Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised BOOSTRY Co., Ltd. in the issuance of Digital Notes by Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
  • Advised Toyota Financial Services Corporation in its launch of a digital money app, TOYOTA Wallet.

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 2

Known for its strength in the real estate funds area, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu also provides experience in the energy field, as well as private equity and alternative investment. Cross-border work is a forte for the practice that assists Japanese and global funds in a range of matters, including advising offshore fund sponsors in the formation of funds suitable for Japanese investors. Hidetaka Mihara leads the team that includes Keiko Shimizu , who represents traditional investment managers, private equity and other alternative investment fund managers in a range of matters; and Kensuke Suzuki , who focuses on fund formation and regulatory matters.

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Testimonials

‘Nagashima Ohno Tsunematsu has long been our fund counsel. NOT is the first firm that established a team focusing on fund practice and they accumulated more advanced knowledge and skills as well as network of US or English firms.’

‘Keiko Shimizu is the partner we work with. We believe she is the best lawyer specialized in fund practice in terms of knowledge, drafting skill, network with other firms including oversea firms. Their billing charge is very reasonable as well.’

The firm: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is the first integrated full-service law firm in Japan and one of the foremost providers of international and commercial legal services based in Tokyo. In representing its leading domestic and international clients, the firm has successfully structured and negotiated many of the largest and most significant corporate, finance and real estate transactions related to Japan. The firm has extensive corporate and litigation capabilities spanning key commercial areas such as antitrust, intellectual property, labor and taxation. It is known for path-breaking domestic and cross-border risk management/corporate governance cases, such as fraud investigations and white-collar criminal defence, and for handling insolvency and restructuring proceedings including large-scale corporate reorganizations. In order to deliver optimal service and value to its clients, the over 500 lawyers of the firm, including about 40 experienced attorneys from various jurisdictions outside Japan, work together in customized teams to provide the expertise and experience specifically required for each client matter.

The firm has a vast network of relationships with foreign companies and law firms that provide it with a unique perspective when representing clients in international deals. Its overseas network includes offices in New York, Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Shanghai, and collaborative relationships with prominent local law firms throughout Asia and other regions. The firm regularly handles and coordinates matters involving complex legal issues in a number of Asian jurisdictions. As a pioneering Japanese law firm that has established its presence in New York, the firm’s activities in the United States and throughout the Americas and Europe are expanding rapidly. The firm strives to meet the needs of both its international clients operating in Japan and Asia and its domestic clients operating outside Japan or seeking to expand their operations overseas.

Areas of practice: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has structured and negotiated many of Japan’s largest and most significant corporate and finance transactions, and has extensive litigation expertise spanning key commercial areas. We also have tremendous experience in the international arena.

  • Corporate
  • M&A
  • Finance
  • Risk and crisis management/compliance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Dispute resolution
  • Labor and employment
  • Real estate and REITs
  • Intellectual property
  • Antitrust and competition
  • Tax
  • Wealth management/succession planning
  • Infrastructure/energy/environment
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Media/entertainment and sport
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Consumer law
  • International trade and commerce, and economic sanction
  • Global practice

For more information, please visit the firm’s website.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Partner Motohiro Yanagawa
Partner Yushi Hegawa
Partner Shinichi Araki
Partner Yutaka Kuroda
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Shinichi Araki  photo Mr Shinichi Araki Partner; Main area of work is capital markets, including debt, equity and…
Mr Kei Asatsuma  photo Mr Kei Asatsuma Partner. His practice focuses on complex business transactions, including M&A, divestitures, spin-offs,…
Mr Yutaro Fujimoto  photo Mr Yutaro Fujimoto Energy, Project Finance, Environmental Law
Mr Hiroshi Fujiwara  photo Mr Hiroshi Fujiwara Partner
Mr Soichiro Fujiwara  photo Mr Soichiro Fujiwara
Mr Daisuke Fukamizu  photo Mr Daisuke Fukamizu Partner
Mr Masayuki Fukuda  photo Mr Masayuki Fukuda Securitization/Structured Finance/Trust; Banking; Asset Management/Fund; Real Estate Transactions; Real Estate Investment/Real Estate…
Kosuke Hamaguchi  photo Kosuke Hamaguchi General Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Risk and Crisis Management/Compliance,…
Ms Kaoru Hattori photo Ms Kaoru HattoriAntitrust/Competition Law Advice, Antitrust Litigation/Investigation, Merger Control, Unreasonable Premiums and Misleading Representation…
Mr Yushi Hegawa  photo Mr Yushi Hegawa Partner, specializing in taxation; tax advice and planning; tax controversy and litigation.
Mr Tomohiro Hen photo Mr Tomohiro HenPartner
Mr Takao Higuchi  photo Mr Takao Higuchi Main area of practice is banking, energy, infrastructure and other projects (including…
Mr Rintaro Hirano  photo Mr Rintaro Hirano Partner
Mr Shinsuke Hiratsu  photo Mr Shinsuke Hiratsu Partner
Mr Shinichiro Horaguchi  photo Mr Shinichiro Horaguchi Partner
Mr Kenji Horiuchi  photo Mr Kenji Horiuchi Partner: Mr. Horiuchi focuses on corporate restructuring and reorganization in the broadest sense:…
Ms Mami Ikebukuro  photo Ms Mami Ikebukuro Partner
Mr Yoshitoshi Imoto  photo Mr Yoshitoshi Imoto Yoshitoshi Imoto is a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. He advises…
Mr Hiroto Inoue  photo Mr Hiroto Inoue PartnerPractice focuses on real estate-related matters including real estate funds, real estate…
Mr Hiroki Inoue  photo Mr Hiroki Inoue M&A, including public tender offers, LBO/MBO, joint ventures, general corporate work, and…
Mr Satoshi Inoue  photo Mr Satoshi Inoue Banking; Securitization/Structured Finance/Trust; Financial Regulations/Fund Management; Restructuring/Insolvency
Mr Fumiaki Ishi  photo Mr Fumiaki Ishi Partner; Main area of work is Corporate Transaction including M&A and private…
Ms Miyuki Ishiguro  photo Ms Miyuki Ishiguro Partner specialised in capital market transactions. Main area of work is domestic…
Mr Hiroyuki Ishizuka  photo Mr Hiroyuki Ishizuka Main area of practice are financing/capital market transactions and corporate law, including…
Mr Takashi Itokawa  photo Mr Takashi Itokawa Partner; Main area of work is finance transactions and the relevant regulatory…
Mr Tomohiko Iwasaki  photo Mr Tomohiko Iwasaki Partner
Mr Masatsura Kadota  photo Mr Masatsura Kadota Partner; Main area of work is capital markets and corporate law, including…
Mr Yosuke Kanegae  photo Mr Yosuke Kanegae Yosuke Kanegae has been involved principally in the area of Restructuring/Insolvency, Mergers…
Mr Terukazu Katsuyama  photo Mr Terukazu Katsuyama Partner
Mr Hisaya Kimura  photo Mr Hisaya Kimura Risk and Crisis Management/Compliance, Restructuring/Insolvency, Environmental Disputes, Employment Law Advice, Employment Disputes,…
Mr Nobuaki Kobayashi  photo Mr Nobuaki Kobayashi Mr. Kobayashi has a wealth of practical experience handling high-profile insolvency and…
Mr Yoshinobu Koyama  photo Mr Yoshinobu Koyama   Real Estate Investment/Real Estate Securitization, Real Estate Transactions, J-REITs, Pharmaceutical and…
Dr Axel Kuhlmann  photo Dr Axel Kuhlmann Foreign Law Partner Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi
Mr Yoshihiko Matake  photo Mr Yoshihiko Matake Partner of NO&T’s crisis management and compliance practice team. His main area…
Mr Shunji Matsuda  photo Mr Shunji Matsuda IP Transactions, Media, Entertainment and Sport, IP Disputes, IT and Telecommunications, General…
Mr Shinichi Matsui  photo Mr Shinichi Matsui General Corporate; Corporate Governance; Banking; Project Finance; Insurance; Risk and Crisis Management/Compliance;…
Mr Hidetaka Mihara photo Mr Hidetaka MiharaCapital markets transactions of Listed Companies and J-REITs, including IPOs, follow-on offerings…
Mr Jiro Mikami  photo Mr Jiro Mikami Banking; acquisition finance, asset-based finance; project finance, structured finance; real estate; corporate,…
Mr Shigeki Minami  photo Mr Shigeki Minami Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A); Tax Practice; Tax Advice and Planning; Tax Controversy
Mr Hiroshi Mitoma  photo Mr Hiroshi Mitoma His practice focuses on M&A and corporate transactions, including rehabilitation of financially…
Mr Yuichi Miyashita  photo Mr Yuichi Miyashita Partner. Mr. Miyashita handles a wide variety of capital market transactions, including…
Mr Takashi Miyazaki  photo Mr Takashi Miyazaki Partner practicing Corporate, M&A and Banking.
Mr Oki Mori  photo Mr Oki Mori Dispute Resolution (Consumer Litigation, Civil and Commercial Disputes, Employment Disputes, Tax Disputes,…
Mr Satoshi Moriguchi  photo Mr Satoshi Moriguchi Asia, China, North America and Latin America, General Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers…
Mr Tohru Nakajima  photo Mr Tohru Nakajima General Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Private Equity/Venture Capital, IP Transactions, Pharmaceutical and…
Mr Shuichi Nishimura  photo Mr Shuichi Nishimura Corporate/M&A
Ms Yoshimi Ohara  photo Ms Yoshimi Ohara Partner
Mr Kohei Okawa  photo Mr Kohei Okawa Kohei Okawa has mainly been involved in restructuring and insolvency cases and…
Mr Kei Okubo  photo Mr Kei Okubo Partner
Mr Ryo Okubo  photo Mr Ryo Okubo Private Equity, M&A, Acquisition Finance, Corporate, TMT, Space
Mr Keitaro Oshimo  photo Mr Keitaro Oshimo Financial Service Regulations; (Re)Insurance Transactions
Mr Ichiro Oya  photo Mr Ichiro Oya Partner, specializing in capital markets; securitization/structured finance/trust; real estate investment/real estate securitization
Mr Makoto Saito  photo Mr Makoto Saito Corporate/M&A; General Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A); Private Equity/Venture Capital; Securitization/Structured Finance/Trust;…
Mr Tsuyoshi Shimizu  photo Mr Tsuyoshi Shimizu PartnerHis practice focuses on: General Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A); Corporate Governance;…
Ms Keiko Shimizu  photo Ms Keiko Shimizu Partner practicing Financial Regulations and Fund Management, including provide advice on regulations…
Mr Kensuke Suzuki  photo Mr Kensuke Suzuki Pharmaceutical, Medical and Health Care; Financial Regulations; Asset Management/Fund Business; Corporate/M&A
Ms Akemi Suzuki  photo Ms Akemi Suzuki Partner
Mr Hiroshi Tago  photo Mr Hiroshi Tago General Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Risk and Crisis Management/Compliance,…
Mr Masato Tanaka  photo Mr Masato Tanaka Dispute Resolution; IP Litigation; IP, IT and Entertainment
Mr Shunpei Tanaka  photo Mr Shunpei Tanaka Real Estate and J-REITs; Infrastructure; General Corporate (including corporate governance, compliance); Mergers…
Mr Keiji Tonomura  photo Mr Keiji Tonomura Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A); IP Transactions; IT and Telecommunications; Media, Game, Entertainment…
Mr Kenji Tosaki photo Mr Kenji TosakiDispute Resolution; IP, IT and Entertainment; IP Transactions; IP Litigation; General Corporate
Mr Kazuo Tsuiki  photo Mr Kazuo Tsuiki M&A, corporate governance, overseas support services, environmental law and general corporate.
Mr Taku Umezawa  photo Mr Taku Umezawa Financial Regulations (Banking Act, Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, Insurance Business Act)
Mr Kenji Utsumi  photo Mr Kenji Utsumi Partner of Real Estate and J-REITs, Pharmaceutical and Health Care
Mr Motohiro Yanagawa  photo Mr Motohiro Yanagawa Specializing in Securitization, Structured Finance, Corporate Finance and Trust practice, as well…
Mr Koki Yanagisawa  photo Mr Koki Yanagisawa Dispute Resolution; Employment and Labor Practice; Antitrust Practice; General Corporate; Risk and…
Mr Koichiro Yoshimura photo Mr Koichiro YoshimuraPartner
Number of lawyers : 515 (as of January 1, 2022)
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Probono:

In addition to our commitment to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients, at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NO&T”) we also consider the performance of public service (pro bono) activities by our lawyers to be an extremely important part of our greater social responsibility to protect basic human rights and to realize social justice.

We are, therefore, actively involved in public service activities in a number of ways. For instance, our lawyers actively engage in the training of the younger generation of legal professionals by teaching as adjunct law school professors at Japanese universities, law schools or other similar institutions, and are also dispatched to Japan’s ministries and governmental organizations to support their legislative and/or administrative activities. Our lawyers also serve as public defenders appointed by the court in designated court cases, or assigned by the bar association to counsel suspects prior to their being formally charged. We assist in providing legal consultation services and participate in other committee activities provided by the bar association or other similar organizations.

NO&T’s other pro bono activities have included the following:

  • Involvement in the Asia Pacific Initiative investigation into the government’s response to COVID-19 ;
  • Examination and review of the LGBT-related policies of local governments;
  • Various activities for LLAN (Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network).;
  • Legal representation in same-sex marriage lawsuit and other assistance in such lawsuits;
  • Supervision of the publication of “Kodomo Roppou” (the Statute Book for Children);
  • Assistance in relation to Applications for Recognition of Refugee Status (referrals from the Japan Association for Refugees);
  • Contract-related support for an NGO focused on climate change initiatives;
  • Activities related to a pro bono network of business lawyers in Japan; and
  • Human Rights Network activities.

Diversity and Inclusion:

The NO&T Diversity & Inclusion Policy was established with the aim of enabling lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds to collaborate to provide legal services of the highest quality, and to assist in realizing a society that values diversity. https://www.noandt.com/en/summary/diversity_inclusion.html

We have implemented the following initiatives to promote Diversity & Inclusion.

Diversity Task Force Team

In 2021, a special task force team was formed to enhance gender diversity. The task force team assessed the current gender diversity situation and identified issues in our firm. On presenting these issues to all partners in a partners’ meeting, the clear management message was that we must further advance gender diversity by increasing the number of female partners. To attain this goal, we have developed short-term and mid-term plans to enhance diversity.

Work Style Reform and Diversity Project

We have established the Work Style Reform and Diversity Project as a meeting body for fostering diversity and inclusion. In addition, we regularly review and implement measures for fostering diversity and inclusion.

Initiatives for LGBTQ

We have also taken the initiatives below for LGBTQ:

  • Same-sex marriage partners are treated equally with legal spouses concerning benefits such as congratulatory and condolence payments, congratulatory and condolence leave, and maternity leave.
  • We invite outside speakers to provide training on LGBTQ issues in order to promote understanding.

Global Diversity

We have been actively recruiting lawyers of different races, nationalities, and backgrounds.


長島・大野・常松法律事務所は、500名を超える弁護士が所属する日本有数の総合法律事務所であり、東京、ニューヨーク、シンガポール、バンコク、ホーチミン、ハノイ及び上海にオフィスを構えています。
当事務所は、日本のリーディングファームとして数々の大型案件を手掛け、あらゆる分野の法律問題に対応してきた実績に基づき、企業が必要とする様々なリーガルサービスをワンストップで提供できる体制を整えています。多岐にわたる分野の専門的知識と実績をもつ弁護士が機動的にチームを組み、質の高いアドバイスや実務的サポートを行っています。

業務分野:
コーポレート、M&A、ファイナンス、危機管理・不祥事対応/コンプライアンス、事業再生・倒産、紛争解決、労働法、不動産・REIT、知的財産、独占禁止法/競争法、税務、ウェルスマネジメント/事業承継、インフラ/エネルギー/環境、薬事・ヘルスケア、ホスピタリティ、テクノロジー、メディア/エンタテインメント・スポーツ、個人情報保護・プライバシー、消費者関連法、国際通商・経済制裁法・貿易管理、海外業務

长岛・大野・常松律师事务所是一家拥有500多名律师的日本顶级综合性律师事务所,在东京、纽约、新加坡、曼谷、胡志明、河内以及上海均设有办公室。
本事务所作为日本顶级律所,经办了多项大型案件,解决了涉及广泛领域的法律问题,并通过业务经验,构建了能为企业提供全方位一站式法律服务的体系。本事务所的律师具备多元化的专业知识和服务业绩,可灵活组建团队,切实为客户提供高质量的建议和实务操作支持。

业务领域:
公司、M&A、金融、危机管理和突发性事件处理/合规性审查、经营重整和破产、争议解决、劳动法、房地产和REIT、知识产权、反垄断法和反不正当竞争法、税务、财富管理/企业继承、基础设施/能源/环境、医药和健康护理、招待、技术、传媒/娱乐和体育、个人信息及隐私保护、消费者权益相关法律、国际贸易、经济制裁和贸易管理、海外业务


M&A / Private Equity

  • SoftBank Corporation in the integration of Yahoo Japan Corporation’s and LINE Corporation’s businesses
  • Sony Group Corporation in its acquisition of shares of Sony Financial Holdings Inc. to make it a wholly owned subsidiary
  • Isuzu Motors Limited in its acquisition of UD Trucks from Volvo Group
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of personal care business from Shiseido Company, Limited and establishment of a joint venture with Shiseido
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited in its JPY 133 billion divestiture of its diabetes products business to Teijin Pharma Limited

Banking & Finance / Capital Markets

  • Toshiba Corporation in its issuance of new shares by way of third-party allotment to international investors
  • Japan’s three mega-banks (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.) in their respective issuances of TLAC Compliant Senior Notes, including U.S. SEC registered notes
  • Sony Group Corporation in its global offering of new shares and public offering of Convertible Bonds in Japan
  • Toyota Motor Corporation in its issuance of First Series Model AA Class Shares (as co-counsel with other Japanese law firms)
  • Mandated lead arrangers of project finance transactions involving the concessions of major airports in Japan, e.g., the Osaka and New Kansai International Airports and the Fukuoka Airport

Real Estate

  • Allianz Real Estate GmbH in its first real estate investment in Japan amounting to USD 1.21 billion
  • Invincible Investment Corporation in its acquisition of Westin Resort in Grand Cayman

Compliance

  • The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19
  • Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in its global investigation on misrepresentation of test results in inspection reports
  • Novartis Pharma K.K. in its criminal defense against a data manipulation probe in Japan

Restructuring / Insolvency

  • Takata Corporation in its global restructuring and sale of its global assets and operations to Key Safety Systems, Inc.
  • Trustee of MtGox Co., Ltd. in its newly commenced civil rehabilitation proceedings
  • Mitsubishi Corporation in its involvement in Chiyoda Corporation’s financial revival plan

Intellectual Property

  • Nintendo Co., Ltd. in copyright infringement and unfair competition prevention litigation against Maricar concerning its street go-kart business

TMT

  • Toyota Motor Corporation in its alliance with NTT Corporation on smart city projects

Tax

  • A Japanese holding company of IBM Corporation in Japanese tax litigation, securing a complete victory for the client and cancellation of USD 4 billion assessments
  • Johnson Controls Inc. in its acquisition of a majority stake in Hitachi, Ltd.’s global air-conditioning business and formation of an international joint venture (as Japanese tax law counsel)

NO&T joins the Council for Sports Ecosystem Promotion

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NO&T”) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Council for Sports Ecosystem Promotion as a general member company/organization.

NO&T registers as Healthcare Innovation Hub Support Organization

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NO&T”) is pleased to announce its registration as a Support Organization of Healthcare Innovation Hub (commonly known as “InnoHub”).

Announcing New Counsel of NO&T

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NO&T”) is pleased to announce that the following four lawyers in the Singapore office became Counsel of the firm as of April 1, 2022:

Yuko Miyazaki appointed as an International Judge of Singapore International Commercial Court

Yuko Miyazaki was appointed as an International Judge of Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) as of January 5, 2022.

Announcing New Partners and Counsel of NO&T

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NO&T”) is pleased to announce that the following ten lawyers became Partners of the firm as of January 1, 2022: