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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Independent local firms
Antitrust and competition – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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.

Leading individuals

Hideki Utsunomiya (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Kenji Ito (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Independent local firms
Banking and finance – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The banking and finance team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for lenders in syndicated loans, project financing, real estate financing, regulatory matters and intervenes in LBO financing transactions. Naoya Shiota represented KKR in the financing of its acquisition of Calsonic Kansei's outstanding shares through a tender offer and the subsequent squeeze-out procedure; Takahiro Kobayashi and Akira Marumo teamed up to assist SoftBank with a refinance deal to structure a large-scale syndicated loan to refinance several past acquisitions, including those of Sprint and ARM Holdings. Also notable are recently promoted partner Yusuke Suehiro, who was part of the team advising DBJ and other lead arrangers in the project financing of an LNG power plant, and Hiroki Aoyama, who counselled SMBC with regards to its DIP finance to Takata following the latter's filing of civil rehabilitation to restructure its debt.

Leading individuals

Takahiro Kobayashi (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers

Yusuke Suehiro (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Capital markets

Capital markets – Independent local firms
Capital markets – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto recently bolstered its capital markets offering with the promotion to partner of Yusuke Suehiro and Yusuke Murakami and the promotion to of counsel of Katsuyuki Tainaka . In recent highlights, Yasuhiko Fujitsu led the advice to CyberAgent on its first equity offering since its IPO in 2000 and acted for Goldman Sachs, the placing agent in Toshiba's issuance of new shares by way of third-party allotment to 60 institutional investors outside Japan. Taro Omoto acted as Japanese counsel for SoftBank, the issuer of USD and Euro-denominated senior notes on the Singapore Stock Exchange to refinance bank loans, and Katsumasa Suzuki oversaw Techpoint's listing and public offering using the Japan Depository Receipt structure. Other key names include Toru Ishiguro , Hiroki Aoyama and Masanori Sato.

Leading individuals

Katsumasa Suzuki (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers

Katsuyuki Tainaka (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms
Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The corporate practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto covers the full gamut of mandates and represents a client roster that includes blue-chip industrials, banks, financial institutions and private equity funds. Gaku Ishiwata and Shuhei Uchida recently acted for Asatsu DK in its acquisition by Bain Capital, and Naoya Shiota was part of the group which advised KKR on its acquisition of Calsonic Kansei and the subsequent squeeze-out procedure. Satoko Kuwabara  – who co-heads the practice with Ishiwata – and Takane Hori teamed up with Uchida to advise cryptocurrency exchange operator Coincheck on its sale to Manex, as well as the negotiation of possible transactions schemes, such as an earn-out mechanism (this follows Manex’s role as sponsor in a business improvement order imposed on Coincheck by the FSA). Other key senior names include Hajime Tanahashi, Tomohiro Tsuchiya and Atsushi Oishi. Among the team's impressive client list names such as SoftBank, Hitachi and Nomura also feature.

Leading individuals

Gaku Ishiwata (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Satoko Kuwabara (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Independent local firms
Dispute resolution – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Under the leadership of Mugi Sekido and Kana Manabe, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has an outstanding and long-established track record in the dispute resolution space, handling both domestic and cross-border cases across a broad range of practice areas. Chisako Takaya and Shiho Ono are representing Japan Post in a high-profile Labour Contract Act dispute brought by several fixed-term employees who allege that, compared to permanent employees, their contract terms and conditions are unreasonable. Meanwhile, Minoru Sawaguchi is overseeing JCAA arbitration proceedings filed by a heavy industrial entity against his client – a multinational conglomerate – demanding payments arising from complications in the construction of a power project in Africa. On the corporate front, Yasuhiko Fujitsu is advising a major Japanese corporate on a series of shareholder disputes, and Gaku Hayakawa is defending a group of product manufacturers in a suit filed by construction workers alleging the clients' products caused asbestos-related diseases. Also of note are Koichiro Iida, Shinichiro Yokota and newly promoted partner Yuko Kanamaru, who specialises in domestic and international privacy and labour laws.

Leading individuals

Mugi Sekido (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Independent local firms
Intellectual property – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Traditionally known for its focus on patents, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto also has significant expertise in trade mark matters. In complex, cross-border IP transactions the team takes advantage of the firm's full-service offering and five foreign branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok and Yangon. Yutaka Miyoshi heads the team, which includes Yoshifumi Onodera, who is a key name for domestic and international disputes, and Atsushi Okada, who represented Hospira, a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, in patent infringement litigation filed by Debiopharm International; in July 2017 the Intellectual Property High Court upheld an earlier decision by the Tokyo District Court to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim. Other clients include Pfizer Japan, Mitsuba and Shiseido.

Leading individuals

Atsushi Okada - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Yoshifumi Onodera - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Investment funds

Investment funds – Independent local firms
Investment funds – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto regularly advises investment funds on public offerings and private placements in Japan and international jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, Ireland and Luxembourg. Particularly known for advising on new non-Japanese funds that are publicly offered in Japan, the three-partner team was also selected as sole counsel for the Financial Services Agency responsible for reviewing the rules concerning foreign securities transactions. The group also assists with cutting-edge issues including fintech-related work. Co-head Yasuzo Takeno, has extensive experience in corporate finance advisory work and, financial regulation and regularly assists domestic and foreign investment managers, while co-head Ken Miura has advised on a number of high-profile deals including the introduction of US mutual funds in Japan for public offering. Recently the department was instructed on the public offering of Cayman Islands unit trusts, Wealth Core Portfolio and Global Core Equity Fund.

Leading individuals

Ken Miura - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Yasuzo Takeno - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Independent local firms
Labour and employment – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's practice fields advisory, litigation and M&A specialists who handle the full range of labour and employment advice including compliance issues, work relating to the transition and migration of staff, terminations, benefits, and trade disputes. The experienced team consists of three partners including Chisako Takaya, who is a specialist litigator and mainly represents employers in contentious matters. Her recent work includes acting in a dispute in which fixed-term employees allege they should be entitled to receive allowances that are paid to employees not on fixed-term contracts. Associate Yoshikazu Abe is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Chisako Takaya (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers

Yoshikazu Abe (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Independent local firms
Projects and energy – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has a strong track record in the energy space where its attorneys act for lenders, sponsors, corporates, investment funds and other stakeholders in project financing and PFI/PPP matters. Joint venture company JERA instructed a team led by Takahiro Kobayashi to oversee the construction and financing of a new coal-fired power station adjacent to Tokyo Electric's Hitachinaka plant, and Naoki Ishikawa represented Thai Solar Energy in its acquisition of a 155MW photovoltaic power project in Japan from a European developer. On the infrastructure side, Hiroki Aoyama assisted Mitsubishi (the representative of a bidding consortium) in the operation and management of Takamatsu Airport; part of the government's privatisation programme. Yusuke Suehiro and Yusuke Murakami were recently made partner and played a key role in project development mandates in the renewable power space such as biomass and offshore wind plants. Other key names include Masanori Sato and Shigeki Okatani.

Leading individuals

Takahiro Kobayashi (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers

Yusuke Murakami (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Yusuke Suehiro (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – Independent local firms
Real estate and construction – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's real estate and construction offering is especially strong in the investment and financing space where it advises a varied client roster on structured finance, compliance and fund mandates. At the head of the team's structured finance sub-team sits Masanori Sato, while Takahiro Kobayashi and Shigeki Okatani jointly lead the infrastructure group. Other key names include practice co-head Eriko Ozawa, transactional expert Naoki Ishikawa and Yasuhiko Fujitsu, who has considerable experience in the J-REIT space.

Leading individuals

Eriko Ozawa (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – Independent local firms
Restructuring and insolvency – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Acting for debtors, creditors, and financial advisers, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is experienced in all types of bankruptcy and reorganisation matters. With particular expertise in major cross-border insolvency cases, the team is prominent in the out-of-court workout space. Recently it assisted F-Tech with the restructuring of its business through out-of-court workouts and with obtaining the related debt waivers from financial creditors. Practice head Soichiro Fujiwara also advised Bokuto Kenzai on finding a suitable sponsor and the subsequent transfer of its business under the approval of the Tokyo District Court.

Leading individuals

Soichiro Fujiwara - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Risk management and investigations

Risk management and investigations – Independent local firms
Risk management and investigations – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has significant expertise in risk management and investigations, regularly advising companies and directors, alongside experience acting as investigator in internal and independent investigations at a domestic and international level. Recent highlights span unfair competition, insider trading, accounting irregularity, bribery and corruption issues. The team includes experienced partners as well as special counsel who have served as senior public prosecutors. Notable is Yasuhiko Fujitsu, who practices extensively in risk management, with a focus on capital markets-related matters including accounting irregularities, insider trading, market manipulations and financial inspections by regulators. In a recent high-profile highlight, Fujitsu led advice to Coincheck on crisis management issues relating to the theft of $530m by hackers in January 2018 including related internal investigations, media communications, and litigation.

Leading individuals

Yasuhiko Fujitsu - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Japan: Tax

Tax – Independent local firms
Tax – Independent local firms - ranked: tier 2

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's tax practice focuses on tax planning for corporate and individual clients and also has particular expertise in tax disputes and the tax elements of M&A, corporate reorganisations and cross-border transactions. The team fields a combination of lawyers, tax accountants and certified public accountants and has recently recruited two experienced practitioners in Yuko Maruyama from Yamada & Partners and Hirotaka Murakami from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Jaiyos Advisory Co., Ltd. Tax and M&A specialist Atsushi Oishi jointly leads the group with Makoto Sakai; Sakai is advising Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on complex tax issues arising out of the 2017 amendment of the Corporation Tax Act. Associate Hiroshi Oyama is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Atsushi Oishi Bengoshi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Next generation lawyers

Hiroshi Oyama Bengoshi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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