Firm Profile > Anderson Mori & Tomotsune > Tokyo, Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Otemachi Park Building
1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
TOKYO 107-0051

Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 1

Known for international competition work, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has experience representing clients before major antitrust authorities, including the JFTC, the DOJ and FTC, the European Commission, China’s SAMR and Singapore’s CCCS. The firm is also active in antitrust enforcement and merger control investigations. Co-leading the practice are: former special investigator with the Japan Fair Trade Commission Hideto Ishida; Shigeyoshi Ezaki, who specialises in antitrust cases in foreign jurisdictions; Yusuke Nakano, who has experience in merger control and regulatory filings; and Atsushi Yamada, who acts in cartel, merger and unilateral conduct matters. Also notable in the team are cartel and merger control expert Vassili Moussis and senior associate Naoki Uemura, who joined from the JFTC in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Hideto Ishida; Shigeyoshi Ezaki; Yusuke Nakano; Atsushi Yamada

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Qualcomm Inc.

Bunka Shutter Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited

A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, SA

Hawaiian Airlines

Microchip Technology Incorporated

Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune represents clients ranging from leading investment and commercial banks, to private equity funds and governmental agencies, as well as acting for institutional investors from the US, Europe, and Asia. The firm’s banking practice is experienced in conventional bank lending, syndicated structured financings, and regulatory advice, with particular expertise in regulatory advice. Notable in the team is Hiroaki Takahashi, who is known for structured finance work, including securitisation of various assets, real estate investment, project finance, and PPP/PFI, and Takahashi Akahane, whose practice covers project finance, private finance initiatives, and financial transactions.


‘Expertise in securitization transactions’

‘Isao Shindo always gives appropriate legal advice’

Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is experienced in the cross-border aspects of debt and equity capital markets transactions, both inbound and outbound. As well as its representation of J-REITs, the firm has expertise in structured finance and securitisation, with a particular specialism in renewable energy projects. Active in this area is Hironori Shibata, who is known for acting in corporate matters, international finance, and cross-border M&A transactions, with an emphasis on international capital market and public offering. Also notable in the team is Harume Nakano, who focuses on asset management and investment funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and financial regulation.

Other key lawyers:


‘One of the go-to firms in Japan for capital markets and M&A matters’

‘The lawyers are always reliable and responsive’

‘Good quality for money’

‘Kazuhiro Yoshii is courteous, pleasant, knowledgeable and responsive’

Takuo Hirose is responsive and knowledgeable’

‘Hiroaki Takahashi has abundant experiences to close securitization transactions, covering various kinds of Asset-backed securities’

Key clients



Corporate and M&A: Independent local firms Tier 1

The integrated practice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune draws from a range of expertise including healthcare, PE funds, outbound investment, and IP. The firm acts for global financial institutions, multinational corporations, and private equity funds, particularly in complex cross-border M&A transactions. The team also has experience in corporate reorganisation mandates, in the bankruptcy and the non-bankruptcy context. In addition, the practice has significant international expertise. Notable in this area are Hiroki Kodate, who is known for M&A and general corporate matters, regularly advising Japanese and non-Japanese clients, and Ko Wakabayashi, who has experience in domestic and international M&A and other cross-border corporate matters.

Other key lawyers:


‘Ko Wakabayashi works extensively with private equity firms and is highly regarded by these clients for his skills as an M&A lawyer and his knowledge of issues’

‘Deep knowledge of the Brazilian market and familiarity with the Brazilian legal system’

‘Go-to Japanese firm for outbound investment’

‘The team is excellent in terms of providing one-stop legal services with creative approach to help clients’

Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is known for large and complex cross-border cases. The firm is experienced acting for international corporate clients involved in multi-jurisdictional and Japan-based litigation proceedings. Hiroki Wakabayashi represents domestic and international financial institutions, auditors, and corporations in a range of transactional, professional responsibility, and labour-relation disputes. He co-leads the practice with Yoshimasa Furuta, who has expertise in international litigation, commercial arbitration, private mediation and business dispute resolution. Also notable in the team is Aoi Inoue, who specialises in international arbitration and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hiroki Wakabayashi; Yoshimasa Furuta

Other key lawyers:


‘A strong and knowledgeable arbitration practice’

‘Good bilingual lawyers’

‘Yoshimasa Furata and Aoi Inoue are very knowledgeable, well known and energetic in the arbitration community’


Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune's intellectual property practice is made up of attorneys (bengoshi) and patent attorneys (benrishi). The firm is experienced in patent litigation, IP licensing, and transactions, as well as providing expertise in the areas of electronics, telecoms, computing, machinery, chemicals, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The practice also handles trademark and copyright matters across a range of sectors. The team’s benrishi are qualified to appear before the Japan Patent Office for patent prosecution proceedings and assist in the filing of patents, utility models, designs, and trademarks. The practice is co-led by Yasufumi Shiroyama, Yoshikazu Iwase, Akihito Nakamachi, Wataru Shimizu, Miki Goto, and Masayuki Yamanouchi.

Practice head(s):

Yasufumi Shiroyama; Yoshikazu Iwase; Akihito Nakamachi; Wataru Shimizu; Miki Goto; Masayuki Yamanouchi


‘Miki Goto is great in handling clients and giving legal advice’

Key clients

Toyota Motor Corporation

Murata Machinery (Muratec)

Mochida Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd.


Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.




Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Taiyo Holdings Co., LTd.

Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune advises on a broad range of investment funds and asset management related work, notably, PE funds, VC funds, infrastructure funds, ETFs, and hedge funds. The firm is particularly experienced in dealing with real estate investment funds and acting in cross-border transactions. The practice has a strong presence in the distribution of offshore investment funds, including those in Cayman, Luxembourg, and Ireland. Harume Nakano specialises in banking, securities, asset management, and capital markets transactions. She leads the team with Kunihiko Morishita, who has expertise in the fields of banking, securities and asset management.

Practice head(s):

Harume Nakano; Kunihiko Morishita

Key clients

Janus Capital (Janus Henderson)

Nikko Asset Management

Credit Suisse


Global Funds Management S.A.

Nomura Alternative Investment Management


StepStone Group

Capula Investment Management

DBJ Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has broad expertise in the areas of labour and employment, including labour union issues, employment termination, sexual harassment and power harassment, mental illness issues, and executive matters. The firm is also known for experience in labour and employment-related litigation. Notable in the team are Kazutoshi Kakuyama, who specialises in labour and employment law, as well as general corporate matters, for domestic and international clients; and Hideki Thurgood Kanoh, who is notable for pensions work. They co-lead the practice with Yukiko Imazu, Nobuhito Sawasaki, Junichi Ueda, and Kensuke Otsuki. In a recent highlight, the group advised Luigi Lavazza on the labour and employment matters related to its acquisition of Mars Drinks Business.

Practice head(s):

Kazutoshi Kakuyama; Hideki Thurgood Kanoh; Yukiko Imazu; Nobuhito Sawasaki; Junichi Ueda; Kensuke Otsuki

Key clients

Luigi Lavazza S.p.A

Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune advises international and Japanese clients in major commercial projects. The firm provides advice on the structuring and implementation of projects, specialising in assisting clients in developing financing and security packages. The practice has significant experience in energy and resources projects and transactions, as well as resolving energy and resources-related disputes on an international and domestic level. Regulatory expert Tomoaki Ikenaga co-leads the team with Takashi Akahane, whose experience includes project finance, private finance initiatives, and financial transactions. He advises Japanese ministries, municipalities, and multinationals on infrastructure projects. Also notable in the area is Reiji Takahashi, who specialises in financial transaction, particularly project finance and private finance initiatives.

Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s construction and real estate practice is known for its expertise in the cross-border aspects of real estate transactions, particularly inbound real estate investments by foreign investors. The practice combines specialisms in capital markets transactions and J-REIT offerings, regularly representing lenders, borrowers, asset managers, and trustees in a range of transactions. Notable in the team is Minoru Kobayashi, who has a particular strength in complex real estate finance and real estate funds, as well as in the global offerings of J-REITs.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are always accessible, responsive and responsible in a timely and professional manner’

‘Provides an answer to questions quickly and clearly’

‘Minoru Kobayashi is experienced and capable of providing commercial advice, in addition to the legal advice’

‘The answers Minoru Kobayashi and his team provide are very rational and thoughtful’

Key clients

Nomura Securities

Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation

Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc

Hoshino Resorts REIT, Inc.

Nippon REIT Investment Corporation

Kenedix Office Investment Corporation

Frontier Real Estate Investment Corporation

Japan Logistics Fund, Inc.

Hankyu REIT, Inc.

Renewable Japan Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc.

Restructuring and insolvency: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles in- and out-of-court restructurings of distressed companies, for clients including, debtors, equity sponsors, Japanese and international banks, bondholders, hedge funds and insurance companies. In addition, the firm acts for several global firms with operations in Japan in drawing up resolution plans. The practice is co-led by cross-border bankruptcy expert Hideyuki Sakai; Fujiaki Mimura, who serves as court-appointed trustee in a range of cases, with a focus on the entertainment and healthcare industries; Hiroyasu Ueda, who has experience as counsel to debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and equity holders; and Yoshihito Shibata, who is known for insolvency, restructuring and distressed M&As. Also notable in the team are Taro Awataguchi, who specialises in creditor representations involving difficult corporate reorganization and civil rehabilitation cases; and Zentaro Nihei, who deals with creditor and sponsor-side matters.

Practice head(s):

Hideyuki Sakai; Fujiaki Mimura; Hiroyasu Ueda; Yoshihito Shibata

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Lehman Brothers Japan Inc. and its affiliated Japan entities

AIJ Investment Advisors CO.,LTD. (court appointed trustee)

BASK CO., LTD. and its affiliate

Goyo Sangyo Co., Ltd.

Tax: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles the full range of tax-related matters, including complex inbound and outbound cross-border transactions; corporate reorganisations; international taxation; private equity, investment funds and sovereign wealth funds; individual tax; and municipal taxes customs and duties. The practice is also experienced in negotiating with the tax authorities. Koji Fujita specialises in tax work, in particular, corporate tax and planning. He leads the team with Eiichiro Nakatani, who focuses on international taxation and tax treaties.

TMT: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is known for advising on TMT issues related to M&A, finance, regulatory matters, litigation, antitrust, corporate law, and the pharma sector, with particular expertise in IP-related work. In addition, the firm has experience in the drafting and negotiation of contracts, including services agreements. IP and technology experts Yasufumi Shiroyama and Yoshikazu Iwase co-lead the practice with Akihito Nakamachi, who has expertise in transactions for technology-driven clients; Tsutomu Miyano, who handles a range of matters for telecoms businesses; and competition and antitrust specialist Atsushi Yamada.

Practice head(s):

Yasufumi Shiroyama; Yoshikazu Iwase; Akihito Nakamachi; Tsutomu Miyano; Atsushi Yamada

Key clients

Toyota Motor Corporation

Murata Machinery (Muratec)

Mochida Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd.


Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.




Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Taiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.

Risk management and investigations: Independent local firms Tier 2

Specialising in cross-border crisis management, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune advises on a range of critical incidents and corporate misconduct, including internal investigation, third party committee and outside investigations, improper accounting, breaches of anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, white collar crimes, and leakage of personal information or commercial secrets. The team is co-led by Yoshihito Shibata, Keiko Kaneko and Atsushi Nishitani, who has expertise in handling domestic and cross-border M&A, crisis management and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Yoshihito Shibata; Keiko Kaneko; Atsushi Nishitani

Key clients

Suruga Bank Ltd.

Maruzen Petrochemical Co, Ltd.

Japan Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd.

Calgon Carbon Japan

OSJB Holdings

JustSystems Corporation

Niikawa Shinkin Bank

Nittetsu Mining Co., Ltd.


Ciel K.K.

The firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok. We also have a Japan desk in Jakarta and an associated firm in Hong Kong.

Areas of practice: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is among the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan offering full corporate services. Our flexible operational structure enables us to provide our corporate clients with effective and time-sensitive solutions to legal issues of any kind. We are pleased to serve Japanese companies as well as foreign companies doing business in Japan. In response to the increasingly complex and varied legal needs of our clients, we have grown significantly, augmenting both the breadth and depth of expertise of our practice. Its principal areas of practice consist of: corporate; M&A; corporate crisis management; capital markets; finance and financial institutions; real estate; labor and employment; intellectual property/life sciences/TMT; competition/antitrust; tax; energy and natural resources; dispute resolution; restructuring/insolvency and bankruptcy; international trade and international practice (East Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Australia, US, EU, Central and South America,  Middle East Asia, Russia,  Africa and others).

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Masaakira Kitazawa
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Tsutomu Miyano
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Kenichi Masuda
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Hirohito Akagami
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Takeshi Watanabe
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Junichi Kondo
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Hiroki Kodate
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Yoshimasa Dan
Corporate/M&A/commercial transactions Michi Yamagami
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution Hiroki Wakabayashi
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution Yoshimasa Furuta
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution Kenichi Sadaka
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution Shinji Kusakabe
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution Tetsuro Motoyoshi
Banking and finance Isao Shindo
Banking and finance Kunihiko Morishita
Banking and finance Tomoaki Ikenaga
Banking and finance Tatsu Katayama
Banking and finance Takaharu Totsuka
Capital markets Osamu Tanaka
Capital markets Ryu Umezu
Capital markets Hironori Shibata
Capital markets Takuo Hirose
China business Akira Moriwaki
China business Hiroshige Nakagawa
China business Ko Wakabayashi
Structured finance Takashi Akahane
Structured finance Minoru Kobayashi
Structured finance Reiji Takahashi
Structured finance Naoyuki Kabata
Structured finance Daisuke Taga
Structured finance Kazuaki Nagai
Structured finance Kaoru Sato
Intellectual property Yasufumi Shiroyama
Intellectual property Akihito Nakamachi
Intellectual property Yoshikazu Iwase
Labour and employment Kazutoshi Kakuyama
Labour and employment Hideki Thurgood Kano
Labour and employment Yukiko Imazu
Labour and employment Yuhki Tanaka
Anti-monopoly Hideto Ishida
Anti-monopoly Shigeyoshi Ezaki
Anti-monopoly Yusuke Nakano
Anti-monopoly Etsuko Hara
Restructuring/bankruptcy/insolvency Hideyuki Sakai
Restructuring/bankruptcy/insolvency Hiroyasu Ueda
Restructuring/bankruptcy/insolvency Fujiaki Mimura
Restructuring/bankruptcy/insolvency Yoshihito Shibata
Tax Eiichiro Nakatani
Tax Koji Fujita
Tax Kei Sasaki
Photo Name Position Profile
 Takashi Akahane  photo Takashi Akahane
 Koji Fujita  photo Koji Fujita
 Yoshimasa Furuta  photo Yoshimasa Furuta
 Osamu Hirakawa  photo Osamu Hirakawa
 Tetsuya Itoh  photo Tetsuya Itoh
 Yoshikazu Iwase  photo Yoshikazu Iwase
 Tatsu Katayama  photo Tatsu Katayama
 Akiko Kimura  photo Akiko Kimura
 Masaakira Kitazawa  photo Masaakira Kitazawa
 Minoru Kobayashi  photo Minoru Kobayashi
 Kenichi Masuda  photo Kenichi Masuda
Dr Vassili Moussis  photo Dr Vassili Moussis
 Kazuaki Nagai  photo Kazuaki Nagai
 Akihito Nakamachi  photo Akihito Nakamachi
 Yusuke Nakano  photo Yusuke Nakano
 Eiichiro Nakatani  photo Eiichiro Nakatani
 Hideyuki Sakai  photo Hideyuki Sakai
 Hironori Shibata  photo Hironori Shibata
 Yasufumi Shiroyama  photo Yasufumi Shiroyama
 Hiroaki Takahashi  photo Hiroaki Takahashi
 Reiji Takahashi  photo Reiji Takahashi
 Yoshiharu Usuki  photo Yoshiharu Usuki
Mr Hiroki Wakabayashi  photo Mr Hiroki Wakabayashi
Number of Professionals : 503

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) regularly provides pro bono legal services to public interest foundations, community groups, and non-profit organizations, and contributes to bar associations, governmental agencies and educational institutions, as well as other entities focusing on issues related to human rights, education, the environment, health, the arts, LGBT rights and social investment.

The partners in charge of pro bono activities include: Eiichiro Nakatani, Ryu Umezu, Kenji Hirooka and Koichi Saito.

Below are some examples of AMT’s pro bono work:

  • Having joined the Japan Association for Refugees’ Pro Bono project as an official partner, AMT collaborates with the Association to support refugees in the process to obtain refugee status.
  • AMT was awarded a Gold Prize in the “PRIDE Directory,” which is the first directory in Japan to evaluate the LGBT efforts of companies and other parties. The directory was created by the voluntary organization “work with Pride”.
  • AMT has continued to assist refugees in the process to apply for refugee status. In multiple cases, applicants who were assisted by AMT have received an official refugee determination.
  • As a Gold Sponsor, AMT supported the 8th Universal Children’s Day Charity Walk & Run, which was organized by Human Rights Now.
  • AMT supported ARUN Seed, an NPO organization, in making social investments into Indian start-up ventures. The business of those start-ups has a significant social impact because it creates new jobs for women and improves their salaries.
  • Koichi Saito, a partner at AMT, attended the round-table discussions titled “Current Status and Issues on the Public-Interest Activities” as a member of the Public-Interest Activities Steering Committee of the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association. The content of the discussions were published in a special article of the Ichiben Bulletin (March 2018 Issue, No. 540).