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Otemachi Park Building
1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
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The broad practice of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has experience with a range of antitrust authorities, including the JFTC, the US DOJ and FTC, the European Commission and China’s SAMR. The firm is active in antitrust enforcement and merger control investigations, as well as complex international cartel investigations and merger control transactions. The team is co-led by Hideto Ishida, who advises domestic and foreign multinational companies in Japanese anti-trust and competition matters; corporate specialist Shigeyoshi Ezaki, who focuses on antimonopoly, trade regulations and intellectual property law; Yusuke Nakano, who has particular expertise in cartel investigation and merger control matters; and Atsushi Yamada, who handles a range of investigations by competition authorities, follow-on civil litigation and merger filings. Also notable is the English qualified lawyer Vassili Moussis, who specialises in EU and international competition law.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
International Business Machines Corporation
Tomoku Co., Ltd.
A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S
Bunka Shutter Co., Ltd.
Acting for global financial institutions, institutional investors and banking clients, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles a range of financing and lending transactions, from conventional bank lending to syndicated structured financings and regulatory advice. The firm also assists with the enforcement of remedies, as well as procurements and agreements for restructuring and reorganisation. Key names for the firm in the area include Takashi Akahane, who focuses on project finance, private finance initiatives and a range of financial transactions; Hiroaki Takahashi, who specialises in the securitisation of assets, real estate investment, project finance and PPP/PFI; and Norifumi Takeuchi, who is particularly active in financial transactions and M&A deals.
Providing a ‘wide range of experience and knowledge on global capital markets’, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s particular expertise includes primary offerings of Samurai bonds by international issuers and secondary distributions in the Japanese market of debt securities issued by foreign issuers. The firm is also known for representing J-REITs in the market. Hironori Shibata leads the team and primarily advises on international capital markets, corporate matters, international finance and cross-border M&A transactions. The deep bench in the area includes Kagayaki Funakoshi, who focuses on equity and debt offerings in domestic and international capital markets, as well as support to start-ups and Japanese REITs.
Other key lawyers:
‘Project members (Mr. Funakoshi, Mr. Oka, Mr. Kumamoto, and Mr. Miyazaki) were highly committed to our IPO project, and responded to our requests immediately even in weekends or late at night’
‘Legal fee was relatively reasonable compared with US law firm, which was the legal advisor to the issuer as to Japanese law’
‘Kagayaki Funakoshi has strong leadership, high commitment, deep knowledge and wide experience on capital markets practice, and reliability’
Particularly strong in cross-border M&A transactions, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune acts for international clients on a range of matters and Japanese corporations expanding abroad. The firm has experience in structuring venture capital, private equity, joint venture and strategic investment transactions, as well as advising on corporate reorganisation matters. The deep bench of experts in the team includes Hiroki Kodate, who focuses on M&A and general corporate matters; Ko Wakabayashi, who specialises in multijuristictional, execution and post-merger integration issues; Keita Tokura, who advises on corporate governance, M&A and dispute resolution in the area; and Yoshimasa Dan, who handles corporate, trade, antitrust, securities, employment and labour law matters.
The experienced and multidisciplinary litigation practice of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune specialises in cross-border disputes and international arbitration. Hiroki Wakabayashi represents Japanese and non-Japanese financial institutions, audit corporations and business corporations in transactional disputes, as well as professional responsibility and labour-related contentious matters. He co-leads the team with Yoshimasa Furuta, who has expertise in international litigation, commercial arbitration, private mediation and business dispute resolution. Also active in the area is Aoi Inoue, who specialises in international arbitration and litigation.
Assisting fintech companies, financial institutions and venture capital firms, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune provides ‘great responsiveness, business awareness and outstanding legal skills’. The firm brings knowledge of financial regulation, IT, IP rights, information security, capital markets and venture capital to its fintech practice. Particular areas of expertise include blockchain, cryptocurrency, electronic payment, personal financial management, AI, crowdfunding and social lending. The team is co-led by banking, securities and asset management expert Kunihiko Morishita; Kei Sasaki, who advises fintech businesses on structuring and registration in relation to prepaid payment instruments, as well as virtual currency matters; and Ken Kawai, who specialises in advising financial institutions, fintech startups, investors and corporate clients on complex finance and financial regulatory matters.
‘Ken Kawai and his team at AMT are our top, if not only, choice for all fintech and blockchain-related matters in Japan’
‘Their top strengths are excellent knowledge about the industry, impressing network among other players and public sector representatives’
‘Ken Kawai is the lawyer to go to for any blockchain matters in Japan. He is irreplaceable in terms of dealing with complex legal blockchain projects in the country’
Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
LVC Corporation (a subsidiary of Line Corporation)
Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association
Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association
The Anderson Mori & Tomotsune attorneys have broad experience in IP licensing and transactions, particularly in areas of electronics, telecommunications, computers, machinery, chemicals, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The firm also provides patent attorneys specialised in filing patents, utility models, designs and trademarks. The team is co-led by IP specialist Yasufumi Shiroyama; Yoshikazu Iwase, who focuses on patent litigation; Akihito Nakamachi, who is an IP lawyer admitted to practice in Japan, New York and California; Wataru Shimizu, whose experience includes drafting and negotiating technology transfer agreements, as well as contentious IP issues; science and engineering expert Miki Goto; and Masayuki Yamanouchi, who advises on the pharmaceutical industry in patent infringement actions, licensing negotiations, joint development projects and technology transfer projects.
‘Miki Goto is an outstanding lawyer with an engineering background’
Toyota Motor Corporation
Murata Machinery (Muratec)
Mochida Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd.
Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.
ADVICS CO., LTD.
Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Taiyo Holdings Co., LTd.
Specialising in cross-border transactions, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles a range of investment fund and asset management work. The firm has experience advising on domestic and foreign investment funds marketed in Japan, as well as dealing with real estate investment for listed funds and private placement funds. Another area of strength is the establishment and registration of asset management companies. Harume Nakano focuses on banking, securities, asset management, corporate and capital markets, with particular expertise in real estate investment trusts, investment funds and securities. He co-leads the team with Kunihiko Morishita, who advises on domestic and international banking, securities and asset management matters.
The labour and employment department of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has broad expertise in the area, particularly in matters related to employment reduction and termination, sexual and power harassment, and labour union issues. As well as experience in dispute resolution and litigation, the firm is increasingly active in data privacy in the employment arena. The team is co-led by Kazutoshi Kakuyama, who specialises in labour, employment and general corporate law; Hideki Thurgood Kanoh, who focuses on acting for employers and companies; Yukiko Imazu, who represents Japanese and non-Japanese companies in a range of labour and employment issues; Nobuhito Sawasaki, whose strengths include labour law, pension law, M&A and the Private Information Protection Act; corporate specialist Junichi Ueda; and Kensuke Otsuki, who advises on human resources, labour management, litigation and tribunals.
Advising international and Japanese clients, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has experience in commercial projects, from structuring to implementation. As well as being active in energy and resource projects, the firm handles transactions and disputes in the area. Tomoaki Ikenaga co-leads the team with Takashi Akahane, who advises Japanese ministries, municipalities and multinationals on public-private partnerships, as well as social and economic infrastructure projects. Other key names for the firm include Reiji Takahashi, who specialises in financial transactions, particularly project finance and PFIs; and Norifumi Takeuchi, who has expertise in renewable energy projects, independent power plant projects and resource development.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is known for expertise in cross-border real estate transactions, particularly inbound real estate investments by foreign investors, as well as capital markets transactions. The firm also provides significant J-REIT experience. Key names in the team include Minoru Kobayashi, who is strong in real estate finance, real estate funds, J-REIT transactions and global offerings of J-REITs; Tetsuya Itoh, who primarily advises on structured finance, real estate, finance and commercial and corporate transactions; and Harume Nakano, who represents J-REIT issuers and handles domestic and international banking, securities, asset management, general corporate and capital markets transactions.
‘Minoru Kobayashi and Harume Nakano’s performances are always consistent regardless of the difficulties or complexity of the transactions’
‘Minoru Kobayashi has a tremendous experience and challenging mind to adopt new knowledge into their legal support’
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.
With experience handling in- and out-of-court restructurings of distressed companies, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune represents debtors in court proceedings, equity sponsors, Japanese and international banks, bondholders, hedge funds and insurance companies. The team is co-led by Hideyuki Sakai, who specialises in cross-border bankruptcy cases; Fujiaki Mimura, who served as a court-appointed trustee, particularly in entertainment and healthcare sector cases; and Hiroyasu Ueda, who acts as counsel to numerous debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and equity holders. Also notable in the team are Taro Awataguchi, who focuses on creditor representations in corporate reorganisation and civil rehabilitation cases; and Zentaro Nihei, who has expertise in corporate restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy and special situation investments.
‘Anderson, Mori and Tomtsune performed with a well designed complicated structure and tough negotiations’
‘Mimura Fujiaki is one of the chief partner of the firm and is one of the most eminent practitioners for bankruptcy, he leads the greatest team for that’
‘Hiroki Sekibata has a deep, experienced expertise for bankruptcy law and knows well about the industry. He also is a one of the toughest negotiators’
‘Izumi Katayama is assiduous and one of the smartest lawyers I’ve worked with’
Lehman Brothers Japan Inc. and its affiliated Japan entities
AIJ Investment Advisors CO.,LTD. (court appointed trustee)
TIBANNE Co., Ltd. (court appointed trustee)
Japanese financial institutions and leasing companies
Hazuki International patent firm, KK Associates Co., Ltd., and Patent Professional Corporation Hazuki International (court appointed trustee)
Xzeres Wind Japan Ltd. (court appointed trustee)
Tax: Independent local firms Tier 1
The Anderson Mori & Tomotsune tax practice covers the full range of matters and ‘excels in providing advice for foreign companies investing in Japan'. The comprehensive service the firm provides includes issues relating to inbound and outbound transactions and structures, individual tax and consumption tax, as well as administrative appeals, litigation and negotiations with the tax authorities. The team is co-led by Koji Fujita, who specialises in tax and issues related to cross-border transactions; and Eiichiro Nakatani, who advises on domestic and cross-border contracts and transactions, particularly in international taxation matters. Also notable in the area is Akira Tanaka, whose experience ranges from tax planning to tax litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘The tax team at AMT is especially excelled in providing advice for foreign companies investing in Japan’
‘It has won prominent cases in litigation’
‘Eiichiro Nakatani is a leading practitioner in the field of international taxation in Japan. His co-authored treatise is widely held to be as an indispensable guidebook for the taxation of cross-border transactions’
‘Akira Tanaka is a rising star in this field. His article on FATCA and CRS, which was published in the prestigious journal of the Institute of Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan, is a standard work and is cited often’
Universal Music LLC
TMT: Independent local firms Tier 1
Acting for domestic and international TMT clients, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune advises on a range of issues, particularly intellectual property, M&A, finance, regulatory matters and antitrust, as well as litigation and corporate law. The team is co-led by IP specialist Yasufumi Shiroyama; Yoshikazu Iwase, who focuses on litigation and IP matters; Akihito Nakamachi, who is admitted to practice in Japan, New York and California and has expertise in intellectual property and technology transactions; corporate and IP expert Wataru Shimizu; Miki Goto, who is an ‘outstanding lawyer with an engineering background'; and Masayuki Yamanouchi, who advises the pharmaceutical industry on patent infringement actions, licensing negotiations, joint development projects and technology transfer projects.
Toyota Motor Corporation
Murata Machinery (Muratec)
Mochida Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd.
Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.
ADVICS CO., LTD.
Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Taiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has experience advising on internal investigations and third party investigative committees, particularly in relation to accounting fraud. The firm also handles matters related to embellishment and exaggerated advertising, as well as acting for international companies in a range of cross-border work. The team is co-led by Kazuhilo Kikawa, who represents domestic and foreign clients in administrative and criminal investigations by enforcement agencies; Yoshihiro Kai, who has expertise in crisis management, corporate compliance, internal investigations and white-collar crimes; Hidetaka Miyake, who specialises in the investigation of white-collar crimes and fraudulent activities; and Atsushi Nishitani, who focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A, crisis management and insolvency.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune > Firm Profile
The firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading Japanese law firms: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan, 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. This combination provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing its resource scale, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has the capability to: serve a multinational client base on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects. The firm provides expert, timely and cost-efficient advice across a full range of legal issues in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is proud of a long tradition for serving the international business and legal communities and a reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Combined expertise enables the firm 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.
Many lawyers are bilingual, experienced in communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. They welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel resources towards the goal of ‘achieving more together.’ Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, the firm has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. It also has associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.
Areas of practice: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is among the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan offeringfull corporate services. A flexible operational structure enables the firm to provide corporate clients with effective and time-sensitive solutions to legal issues of any kind.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is 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 its clients, the firm has grown significantly, augmenting both the breadth and depth of expertise of its
- Corporate crisis management
- Capital markets
- Finance and financial Institutions
- Real estate
- Labour and employment
- Intellectual property/life sciences/TMT
- Energy and natural resources
- Dispute resolution
- Restructuring/insolvency and bankruptcy
- International trade
- International practice
|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|
|Takashi Akahane||Finance, PFI/PPP, Energy and Natural Resources, International Practice||View Profile|
|Koji Fujita||Tax, Corporate, M&A, Labor and Employment||View Profile|
|Yoshimasa Furuta||International litigation, commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and other business dispute resolution.||View Profile|
|Osamu Hirakawa||Corporate, Corporate Crisis Management||View Profile|
|Tetsuya Itoh||Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, M&A||View Profile|
|Yoshikazu Iwase||Partner||View Profile|
|Tatsu Katayama||Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Akiko Kimura||Corporate, Capital Markets||View Profile|
|Masaakira Kitazawa||Corporate, M&A, Finance and Financial Institutions, Corporate Crisis Management, International Practice||View Profile|
|Minoru Kobayashi||Capital Markets, Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Corporate, M&A, Energy and…||View Profile|
|Kenichi Masuda||Corporate/M&A, Private Equity.||View Profile|
|Dr Vassili Moussis||Competition/Antitrust||View Profile|
|Kazuaki Nagai||Structured Finance, M&A Finance, PPP and Other Financial Transactions, Fund and Investments,…||View Profile|
|Akihito Nakamachi||Corporate, M&A, Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT, Competition/Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, Dispute Resolution,…||View Profile|
|Yusuke Nakano||Competition Law||View Profile|
|Eiichiro Nakatani||Tax, Corporate, M&A, Labor and Employment, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT||View Profile|
|Hideyuki Sakai||Restructuring/Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Dispute Resolution, M&A, Corporate, Corporate Crisis Management||View Profile|
|Hironori Shibata||Capital Markets, M&A, Corporate, Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Intellectual Property/Life…||View Profile|
|Yasufumi Shiroyama||Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT, Competition/Antitrust, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Crisis Management||View Profile|
|Hiroaki Takahashi||Finance and Financial Institutions, Reak Estate, Capital Markets, Energy and Natural Resources, Corporate, Labor…||View Profile|
|Reiji Takahashi||Finance and Financial InstitutionsEnergy and Natural Resources||View Profile|
|Yoshiharu Usuki||Competition/Antitrust/Corporate Crisis Management||View Profile|
|Hiroki Wakabayashi||Dispute Resolution; Restructing/Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Internal Practice||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of Professionals : 503
LanguagesEnglish Japanese Mandarin
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 AMTs 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 Childrens 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).
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