Anderson Mori & Tomotsune > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Otemachi Park Building
1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
TOKYO
100-8136
Japan

Japan > Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 1

The 'extremely dedicated' competition and antitrust team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune frequently advises on international cartel investigations, merger control transactions, and the antitrust aspects of acquisitions. Shigeyoshi Ezaki leads the team and is well-versed in antimonopoly law. Yusuke Nakano is adept at advising clients on antitrust cases involving multiple jurisdictions. The 'top notch' Vassili Moussis is particularly skilled in handling EU and international competition cases. Hideto Ishida has broad expertise in advising on matters relating to cooperation agreements, and Atsushi Yamada, who is praised by clients for his 'superb knowledge and mastery' of Japanese antitrust law, regularly advises on merger filings and contesting decisions made by competition authorities.

Practice head(s):

Shigeyoshi Ezaki

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely dedicated team which manages to facilitate cooperation in cross-cultural settings very well.’

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) has one of the best antitrust practices in Japan. With extensive experience, expertise and relevant network with the government regulators, time and again, AMT has proven to be a truly reliable local counsel for Japan.’

‘Vassili Moussis is top notch. He knows the substantive law extremely well, is very easy to communicate with and has exceptional client management skills.’

‘Yusuke Nakano is efficient, responsive and highly commercial.’

‘I have worked for many years with Atsushi Yamada on complex investigations before the JFTC. Fantastic performance, good work products, excellent strategic advice and good contacts with the JFTC.’

‘The Anderson Mori competition team has both breadth and depth. They are able to provide strategic insight into how to communicate with the Japanese competition agency, the JFTC, which is very valuable. They are mindful of the client’s needs and their team works incredibly hard to meet the client’s deadlines.’

‘I have worked extensively with Etsuko Hara and Kiyoko Yagami – they are very impressive and knowledgeable of the Japanese merger control process. They are practical and insightful; they are willing to accommodate the requests of the client and international counsel to align with the global merger filing strategy.’

‘AMT has a number of excellent antitrust lawyers in Japan. In particular, I strongly prefer to work with Atsushi Yamada. As a former judge, he offers an extra layer of insight and expertise on top of his superb knowledge and mastery of the Japanese antitrust laws. He manages his team exceptionally well with a proper amount of delegation plus his own hands-on involvement where appropriate. He is one of the few and first Japanese antitrust lawyers I recommend to my clients and colleagues, without any hesitation.’

Key clients

ABIOMED, Inc.

Hanwha Group

Suzuken Co., Ltd.

Bunka Shutter Co., Ltd.

Tomoku Co., Ltd.

Apollo Management Japan Limited

Nissin Sugar Co., Ltd.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Qualcomm Incorporated

Stellantis

Work highlights

  • Represented ABIOMED, Inc. before the JFTC in relation to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson.
  • Advised Hanwha Group on a voluntary notification with the Japan Fair Trade Commission in relation to its acquisition of 49.3% common stocks of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, a Korean shipbuilding company.
  • Advised Suzuken Co., Ltd. in relation to a criminal and administrative investigation into an alleged cartel involving wholesale business of pharmaceutical products centrally procured by Japan Community Health Care Organization on behalf of many hospitals.

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 1

The banking and finance team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is commended by clients for being ‘reliable‘ and ‘responsive‘, and is described as a ‘go-to‘ practice. The department consists of 50 partners, who are able to provide clients with assistance in matters such as LBO financings, acquisition financings, secured transactions, corporate and syndicated loans, and DIP financing work, as well as support at all stages of the financing life cycle. Key names within the team include Mari Itoh for financial regulatory advice, Satoshi Inoue for leveraged finance, and Daisuke Tate for matters relating to securities. Hiroaki Takahashi is a key contact for structured finance work and Takashi Akahane focuses on project finance and private finance initiatives.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘AMT is one of our “go to” firms in Japan for banking and regulatory matters. The lawyers there are always reliable and responsive.’

‘Keisuke Hatano is an excellent bank regulatory lawyer there and he is quite practical, and quick to respond.’

‘With regard to financial laws and regulations, AMT can provide advice based on their long term experience and sense of solving issues raised by their extensive customer base.’

‘This team works well on complicated situations. The team can issue bankruptcies to the court in two business days – it’s so quick.’

‘Satoshi Inoue provides extended knowledge and professional, deal-oriented advice to the LBO lenders. Quick and extensive work with great creativity leading his client to win the deal and beyond.’

Work highlights

  • Advised MUFG Bank, the mandated lead arrangers, on an acquisition of a facility.
  • Advised sponsor Apollo Global Management on a negotiation with existing senior lenders.

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 1

The market leading practice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is well-known for its skills handling in both inbound and outbound capital markets transactions, and cross-border of debt and equity related matters. The team also regularly advises on J-REITs, Samurai bonds, and Uridashi offerings, with practice head Hironori Shibata contributing his deep expertise in public offerings and restructurings. Hiroaki Takahashi is particularly adept at handling a broad range of securitisation matters. Kagayaki Funakoshi is recommended for capital and business alliance matters, while the ‘courteous‘ and ‘pleasantKazuhiro Yoshii is another key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Hironori Shibata

Testimonials

‘AMT is one of our go-to firms in Japan for Japanese-law-related capital markets and M&A matters. The lawyers there are always reliable and responsive.’

‘We consult with Kazuhiro Yoshii for general corporate and securities law filing. He is courteous, pleasant and knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is one of the most reliable law firms in the field of Japanese real estate related financing. They have superb knowledge in related laws, regulations, and practices.’

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune understands and meets the clients’ business objectives and demands best.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on the offering a total of 13,300,000 shares of common stock of Cosmo Energy Holdings Co., Ltd., of which the offering size was approximately JPY33bn.
  • Advised on overseas issuance of guaranteed bonds of Japan International Cooperation Agency, unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed as to payment of principal and interest by Japan.
  • Advised on the issuance of U.S. dollar denominated senior notes of JERA Co., Inc. for an aggregate amount of $300m.

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

The corporate M&A practice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has a diverse client base, which includes private equity funds, international financial institutions, pharmaceuticals companies and manufacturers. Alongside handling domestic corporate work for Japanese clients, the practice regularly advises on cross-border investments, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. The team is jointly led by Hiroki Kodate and Keiko Kaneko, who are both highly experienced in assisting domestic and international clients in heavily regulated sectors. Support is provided by Ko Wakabayashi and Keita Tokura on corporate governance matters, general corporate work, and international transactions, as well as M&A dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Hiroki Kodate; Keiko Kaneko

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bain Capital, LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

KJR Management

DAIBIRU CORPORATION

Japan Industrial Partners, Inc.

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company

Shinoken Group. Co.

Polaris Capital Group Co.

Aso Corporation

Chukyo Bank, Ltd

KITO CORPORATION

IBIDEN CO.

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

TOA Oil Co.

EDION Corporation

Tier IV, Inc.

KOKUYO Co.

Sumitomo Precision Products Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. in the structuring, negotiating and drafting of the relevant transaction documentations in its acquisition of 26% of the voting shares in Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. with Itochu Corporation.
  • Acted as the lead counsel for SMFG in a deal which involved the client entering into a comprehensive capital and business alliance with SBI Holdings.
  • Advised Polaris Capital Group Co. on acquiring the majority of shares in WELLOFF Group through share transfer from its founder.

Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune ‘specialises in representing international clients’, and is often engaged in construction disputes, labour disputes, internal investigations, as well as white-collar crime cases. Kenichi Sadaka and Hiroki Wakabayashi jointly lead the team, with the former utilising his experience as a former judge, while the latter brings expertise in cross-border litigation. Aoi Inoue and David MacArthur dually lead the international arbitration team and are key contacts for clients under various institutional rules.

Practice head(s):

Hiroki Wakabayashi; Kenichi Sadaka

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune specialises in representing international clients’.

‘Their international arbitration team shines from top to bottom, due to the David MacArthur and Aoi Inoue. They are two top notch practitioners that have incredible client handling skills.’

‘Hiroki Wakabayashi and his team deliver excellent service in complex litigation and are very proactive.’

‘Hiroki Wakabayashi provides to the point strategic advice in litigation and enforcement matters and makes you feel in good hands with his vast experience.’

Key clients

Shimizu Corporation

Showa Denko K.K.

Suruga Bank Ltd.

The Pokemon Company

UBS

Universal Music LLC

Mitsuiwa Corporation

Nippon Light Metal Holdings Company

HYPER Inc.

TABIKOBO Co.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Suruga Bank Ltd. in a mass mediation case filed by approximately 400 debtors with the Tokyo District Court.
  • Represented a client in a taxation lawsuit arising out of a corporate group restructuring.

Japan > Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 1

A ‘go-to firm in Japan for fintech matters’, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s practice combines expertise in areas such as financial regulation, information technology and capital markets to advise fintech companies, financial institutions and venture capital clients on areas such as payments, open banking, crypto assets and digital securities.  Practice head Ken Kawai is a leading authority on digital asset regulation, and Shunsuke Aoki is notably active in mandates involving security tokens offerings. Takeshi Nagase’s practice extends to assisting crypto-asset exchanges with registration, while Keisuke Hatano has a focus on payment and settlement-related regulations. Takato Fukui frequently handles mandates with a crypto-asset dimension.

Practice head(s):

Ken Kawai

Testimonials

‘AMT is one of our go-to firms in Japan for fintech matters. The lawyers there are always reliable and responsive.’

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has a large number of excellent lawyers and covers an extremely wide range of legal areas.’

‘Keisuke Hatano give us rational and practical solutions.’

‘Strength in legal knowledge utilising technology in securities, banking, and payment fields.’

‘Ken Kawai is one of best lawyers in the Web3 field.’

‘They have solid expertise in the fintech sector. Especially about Security Tokens, their record of accomplishment is exceptional.’

Key clients

FTX Japan K.K.

Binance Holdings Limited

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

SBI Holdings, Inc.

Japan Security Token Offering Association

LINE Corporation

bitFlyer, Inc.

Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC

Japan Financial Service Intermediary Business Association

Work highlights

  • Advised FTX Trading Limited and FTX Japan KK on Japanese legal matters related to their Chapter 11 filings.
  • Advised Binance on the acquisition of a licensed VASP in Japan, including negotiations with Japanese regulators.
  • Advised Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation on their stablecoin project.

Japan > Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

Headquartered in Tokyo, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune boasts a full-service IP practice, comprising practitioners with a deep knowledge of IP licensing and transactions. Alongside strong industry experience in electronics and telecommunications, the team is also noted for its expertise in trade mark, entertainment disputes and copyright. Industry veteran Yasufumi Shiroyama co-leads the practice alongside a prodigious team of IP experts which include Yoshikazu Iwase, well known for his litigation experience in patent infringement trials and revocation suits, and Akihito Nakamachi, a bilingual and bicultural attorney who has served as partner in both the United States and Japan. Wataru Shimizu focuses on technology transfer agreements, compliance and IP management, whereas Miki Goto leverages his academic background in science and engineering to advise on complex litigation, patent disputes and data privacy issues. Other co-leads include Masayuki Yamanouchi, who specializes in patent infringement issues in the pharmaceutical sector and Nobuto Shirane, who handles IT system development disputes and software licensing.

Practice head(s):

Yasufumi Shiroyama; Yoshikazu Iwase; Akihito Nakamachi; Wataru Shimizu; Miki Goto; Masayuki Yamanouchi; Nobuto Shirane; Ryo Murakami

Testimonials

‘The team provides useful comments and advised on IP contracts and IP issues in expected schedule.’

‘Miki Goto is very responsive to our inquires or requests. He is also a good communicator by sharing the relevant information promptly and listening to the client’s opinion as well.’

‘Expertise in the IP field and communication skills are key strength of the firm’s practice. Also, compared to others, the firm provided more insightful advice regarding IP laws and had good client care and communication skills.’

‘One of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses us with its outstanding practices across various fields. In particular, I have worked with this firm on several IP issues and their expertise is outstanding. The advice was always practical and timely, and they have provided high-quality professional services.’

‘In my experience, AMT has a great team of intelligent, eager attorneys that are a pleasure to work with. They pay exceptional attention to detail and work very efficiently.’

Key clients

Toyota Motor Corporation

Murata Machinery (Muratec)

Firstface Company Ltd.

Denso Corporation

Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.

Jtekt Corporation

Advics Co., Ltd.

Ushio Inc.

BluE Nexus Corporation

Taiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.

Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Japan Digital Space Economy Federation with the preparation and publication of a report, which identifies and discusses IP and various other legal issues involving Metaverse.

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 1

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune‘s team engages in the full spectrum of work involving investment funds in Japan, with 'real depth backing up a broad and very experienced partner bench'. Harume Nakano leads the team alongside Kunihiko Morishita, which is praised as a ‘market-leading department in Japan‘ and described by one client as 'always the first choice’. ‘Responsive‘ practitioner Koichi Miyamoto is a key name to note in the team, especially in relation to financial regulatory issues, as is Akihito Miyake, who is ‘extremely clever and can draw upon his broad knowledge base to find commercial solutions to difficult complex problems’. 

Practice head(s):

Harume Nakano; Kunihiko Morishita

Other key lawyers:

Akihito Miyake; Osamu Adachi; Masayuki Hashimoto; Koichi Miyamoto; Naoyuki Kabata

Testimonials

‘Market leading department in Japan. We count on them for sound, comprehensive advice.’

‘There is no other Japan firm we go to for Japan matters – they are always the first choice! They are experienced in commercial matters and funds regulatory.’

‘Koichi Miyamoto is responsive and understands the relevant laws.’

‘Naoyuki Kabata has proven to be a responsive, reliable and diligent adviser for many years.’

‘Clearly standout as the top firm in Japan.’

‘Koichi Miyamoto is practical and answers the questions he is asked.’

‘We work with them on investment fund related matters. They are excellent. They have real depth backing up a broad and very experienced partner bench.’

‘Kunihiko Morishita is extremely knowledgeable, cool-headed, and solution focused. His depth of experience is of immense value to any transaction. Osamu Adachi is responsive, and a pleasure to work with. He communicates clearly and efficiently. Akihito Miyake is extremely clever and can draw upon his broad knowledge base to find commercial solutions to difficult complex problems.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

DBJ Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Janus Henderson

BlackRock

Global Funds Management S.A.

Nikko Asset Management

Fidelity

Nomura Alternative Investment Management

Nippon Investment Company

Capula Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse Management (Cayman) Limited on conducting initial public offerings of three new foreign investment funds in Japan.
  • Advised Barclays Funds and Advisory Japan Limited and Barclays Capital Japan Limited on conducting an initial public offering and acted as a registration agent for a new foreign investment fund.
  • Advised DEEPCORE Inc. and STATION Ai Corporation on jointly launching their first venture capital fund, STATION Ai Central Japan I Investment Limited Partnership, which is unique in aiming to build a startup ecosystem in Aichi Prefecture.

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 1

Kazutoshi Kakuyama, Hideki Thurgood Kanoh, Yukiko ImazuJunichi Ueda and Kensuke Otsuki jointly lead Anderson Mori & Tomotsune‘s dedicated labour and employment team, which ‘provides the best advice for companies in light of laws and judicial precedents‘. The group is notably active across transactional and contentious work, and is particularly highlighted for its expertise in wrongful dismissal claims and the related compensation issues. Ueda is recommended for transactional work, assisting both domestic and global clients, while Nobuhito Sawasaki is a key name to note for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nobuhito Sawasak

Testimonials

‘They provide the best advice for companies in light of laws and judicial precedents.’

‘Their input is always detailed and accurate.’

‘Kensuke Otsuki is really capable when preparing documents.’

‘They have a good solid team of employment specialists who can advise on Japan labour matters.’

‘I think they are the best legal firm I have ever known, especially the employment and labour law team.’

‘I can say with confidence that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is the best as far as I am concerned. Especially when it comes to labour law, the very well-known and highly respected attorney Mr. Kakuyama and his successor, Mr. Otsuki, are the best duo, and you will be very satisfied with the results if you work with them.’

Work highlights

  • Defending a client in multiple large disputes in Japan for redundancy terminations involving more than a couple of hundred plaintiffs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic business downturn.
  • Defending a client in court and labour commission proceedings in Japan regarding redundancy termination and unfair labour practice claims filed by many ex-employees and their labour union.

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 1

Takashi Akahane heads the finance group at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; with a strong background in project finance, Akahane is well-positioned to lead the team in its advice on energy and resources projects. Reiji Takahashi also has particular expertise in project finance and in the PFI field, advising on projects across the renewable energy, power and water sectors. Norifumi Takeuchi has experience in renewable energy projects, independent power plant projects, and resource development, with a particular focus on Japanese clients looking to finance projects overseas. English-qualified lawyer Teruma Naito leads the cross-border foreign law project finance team, advising on international project financing transactions. Makoto Terazaki advises national and local governments, private companies and banks on domestic and overseas infrastructure-related PPP/PFI projects and Kunihiro Yokoi advises sponsors, lenders and contractors in the renewable energy field.

Practice head(s):

Takashi Akahane

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent.’

The team has a lot of experience in counseling to arrangers/banks and to originators/borrowers. They have a better understanding of the background and considerations of both sides and could work well to act as either part of the parties. Such experience helps the negotiation of key terms in an efficient way. They have a lot of inventories of precedents/negotiations and could provide the best solution quickly.’

Deep knowledge about the industry and industry players.’

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has extensive experience and advanced and deep knowledge. The team also has proven skill in verbalizing clients’ ideas.’

This team covers all areas of development from early-stage permits to financial closing.’

Key clients

Hokuriku Electric Power Company

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.

TEPCO Power Grid, Inc.

Barclays Securities Japan Ltd.

Goldman Sachs

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Electric Power Development Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.

Japan Renewable Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Hokuriku Electric Power Company on its participation in the 112MW biomass power project in Sendai, Japan, developed by Sumitomo Corporation, and its acquisition of a 25% stake from Sumitomo Corporation in the project company.
  • Advised Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. as lead developer of the No. 2 plant and No. 3 biomass power plants in Hokkaido, Japan, including on a syndicate-type green loan financing to promote the project.
  • Advised TEPCO Power Grid, Inc. on its share purchase agreement with the shareholders of FI1 Limited, via its wholly owned subsidiary in the United Kingdom, for the acquisition of FI1, which has minority stakes in the company managing the construction and operation of the first ever UK-Germany power link for the transmission capacity of 1.4GW (the NeuConnect Interconnector Project).

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

The team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is known for its ‘superb knowledge’ of  a range of real estate transactions. The group consists of a number of non-Japanese-qualified lawyers which strengthens its cross-border capabilities, with the group regularly advises foreign investors on their inbound real estate investments. Tetsuya Itoh advises on real estate development transactions and the formation of real estate funds across the residential, hotel and logistics sectors. Hikaru Naganuma has deep M&A expertise, advising on the acquisition of real estate holding companies as well as acting as counsel to J-REITs. The team has an established position in the J-REIT market, with Minoru Kobayashi has extensive experience in J-REIT-related matters, particularly in relation to global offerings of J-REITS, which is also structured finance expert Ken Kobayashi's area of expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is one of the most reliable law firms in the field of Japanese real estate transactions. They have superb knowledge in related laws and regulations and practices.’

‘Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is not only one of the most reliable law firms in the field, but also understands and meets clients’ demands best.’

‘Full-service firm that renders consistently high quality of work. For a foreign client, we also appreciate that the Japanese attorneys whom we deal with are proficient in English and have an international mindset.’

‘We use AMT for both corporate real estate transactions and also fund marketing advice and regulatory processes. Naoyuki Kabata is a very experienced and knowledgeable corporate real estate attorney. He is also very well-versed in regulatory matters. Advice and work product are always rendered and delivered very promptly and professionally.’

‘The team has extensive track record of real estate finance of healthcare asset in Japan.’

‘In particular, Ken Kobayashi and Eiji Sakai have reliable knowledge and know-how of structured finance and provide us with useful and suitable advice at any time.’

Key clients

Nomura Securities

Japan Metropolitan 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.

Work highlights

  • Acted as underwriters’ Japanese counsel in the global offering of units of GLP J-REIT.
  • Acted as counsel to Oaktree Capital Management in its joint venture fund with Stack Infrastructure Inc. for the development of a 36MW two-building data center campus in Inzai, Chiba, advising on a capital structure and investment scheme through a TMK in Japan.

Japan > Restructuring and insolvency: Independent local firms Tier 1

The team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is jointly led by Hideyuki Sakai, Hiroyasu Ueda, Fujiaki Mimura, and Zentaro Nihei. The group is regularly involved in large-scale restructuring and insolvency cases in Japan, acting for major banks, hedge funds and insurance companies. Taro Awataguchi represents both creditors and sponsors in out-of-court restructurings, as well as in corporate reorganisations and civil rehabilitation cases. Mimura handles the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including bankruptcy and voluntary liquidations. The team assists an extensive and lucrative client base, with Satoshi Ogino representing debtors. Nihei also adds to the team’s cross-border capabilities, advising overseas funds, along with Ueda, who handles cross-border restructuring matters, and Masaki Fujita, who represents debtors, lenders and investors in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Hideyuki Sakai; Hiroyasu Ueda; Fujiaki Mimura; Zentaro Nihei

Other key lawyers:

Taro Awataguchi; Masaki Fujita; Satoshi Ogino; Mitsuo Shimada; Masaya Goto

Testimonials

‘A team of lawyers who are very capable and responsive. Regardless of unique and unforeseen situations, all members have done their best to cope with various needs from our side (locally and globally).’

‘The team, led by Fujiaki Mimura, is one of the best for restructuring and insolvency practices in Japan. What charactarises them is their skills, technique, knowledge, experiences, and their dedication to saving the company. Also, this team works well in complicated situations.’

‘Mimura is well respected in Japan’s law society, so his influence can help to save companies. Mimura’s ability to solve the difficult situation is second to no other firms.’

‘Fujiaki Mimura has deep experience, knowledge, skills, networking, and influence among Japan’s law society.’

Key clients

K.K. Digipoke

Matsuekankyonomori Co., Ltd.

Tibanne Co., Ltd.

Hakuyokai Medical Incorporated Association and its representative Mr. Hiroyuki Fujii

Newton Press Inc.

Soshin K.K.

Work highlights

  • Advised consortium of banks and leasing companies to file a creditor’s petition to commence the corporate reorganization proceedings of the debtor, United Ocean Group.
  • Appointed as the bankruptcy trustee of MJG K.K and its affiliates, which had a total debt of around $34m, over 1000 employees and around 200 clinics nationwide at the commencement of the bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented Matsuekankyonomori Co., Ltd. for the petition for the commencement of the civil rehabilitation proceedings with total liabilities of approximately $31m.

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

The team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is distinguished by its ‘high level of expertise and excellent communication skills’ and possesses a wide-ranging proficiency encompassing fraud, bribery, and information leak mandates. The group's collective experience spans internal investigations, quality control issues, corporate criminal defence work, and government investigations. All three co-heads, Kazuhilo Kikawa, Yoshihiro Kai, and Hidetaka Miyake, have an ‘exceptional background’ derived from their former roles as prosecutors specialising in regulatory and criminal defence, corporate internal investigations, and compliance. Adding to the team’s depth, of counsel Kazuo Sakakibara has significant expertise in bribery regulations, internal investigations, and government inquiries, while Hiroki Wakabayashi leverages his background as a judge.

Practice head(s):

Kazuhilo Kikawa; Yoshihiro Kai; Hidetaka Miyake

Other key lawyers:

Kazuo Sakakibara; Hiroki Wakabayashi; Ryohei Onishi; Takamasa Nakahara; Mayumi Okazaki; Yuki Arima

Testimonials

‘A very high-profile law firm, this team is a group of lawyers with a high level of expertise and excellent communication skills.’

‘With an exceptional background of expertise and experience, Hidetaka Miyake is an honest and trustworthy lawyer who understands his clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Nippon Light Metal Holdings Company, Ltd.

TABIKOBO Co. Ltd.

Japan > Private wealth: Independent local firms Tier 2

Kei Sasaki, Yutaka Shimoo and Taku Matsumoto jointly lead the private wealth team at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune to advise on all aspects of wealth management. With Sasaki’s expertise in trusts and finance and Matsumoto’s experience in corporate and M&A matters, the team is well-positioned to advise clients on business and asset acquisition, management and investment, and the succession of businesses and assets. Shimoo’s experience in tax, including his experience at the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, allows the team to advise on inheritance tax matters. The group acts for a range of clients, from financial institutions to high-net-worth individuals, and has recently expanded its client base with a number of additions, such as Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

Practice head(s):

Kei Sasaki; Yutaka Shimoo; Taku Matsumoto

Testimonials

‘Both partners and associates are at a high level.’

 

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Management of AIKO CORPORATION

DHOWA TECHNOS Co.,Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advises Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited (SMTB) as lead counsel of SMTB’s wealth management department and receives requests for private wealth matters in Japan and abroad.
  • Advised the management of AIKO CORPORATION as a tender offerer of a management buy-out.
  • Advised DHOWA TECHNOS Co., Ltd. on establishing a holding company to organise the group companies’ capital relationships to improve efficiency and operations as well as to facilitate business succession.

Japan > Tax: Independent local firms Tier 2

The tax department at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is co-headed by Koji Fujita and Eiichiro Nakatani, who are both experienced in international taxation matters, and in particular, tax issues relating to cross-border transactions. The team frequently offers clients assistance in a variety of tax matters including tax litigation, international tax, individual tax issues, audits, and both inbound and outbound transactions. Other key names include Yutaka Shimoo, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, and Akira Tanaka.

Practice head(s):

Koji Fujita; Eiichiro Nakatani

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Universal Music LLC

Japan Cryptoasset Business Association

Microsoft Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Universal Music LLC on tax litigation as its lead counsel.
  • Advised a charitable foundation on the tax litigation.
  • Advised an individual business operator on the tax litigation.

Japan > TMT: Independent local firms Tier 2

In addition to leveraging its strong international network, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune recently established its own data privacy and digital practice group which is dedicated to advising on all matters concerning data privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. The team has vast experience in advising its varied client base of domestic and international TMT companies on regulatory matters, M&A, and crisis management. Miki Goto, who is known for his 'special' expertise and 'profound' knowledge of data protection and IP, advises numerous large electronic companies. Takashi Nakazaki is recommended for his expertise in advising on software development, platform services, and digital forensics related mandates. Kensuke Inoue and Hitoshi Ishihara are key names of note within the team.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘We worked on several matters with Miki Goto and his team in the area of data protection, where Miki Goto has developed special expertise and profound knowledge. He is a very experienced international lawyer who knows how to navigate in this environment very well.’

‘We also work with Takashi Nakazaki, whose special technical understanding is outstanding.’

Key clients

Toyota Motor Corporation

Murata Machinery (Muratec)

Firstface Company Ltd.

DENSO CORPORATION

Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.

JTEKT CORPORATION

ADVICS CO., LTD.

USHIO INC.

BluE Nexus Corporation

Taiyo Holdings Co., LTd.

KAKEN PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.

Amazon Japan G.K.

Japan Digital Space Economy Federation

Personal Information Protection Commission

CMIC HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Rakuten Vissel Kobe, Inc.

Sony Corporation

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan Digital Space Economy Federation in its preparation and publication of a pioneering report entitled ‘Report for Economic Development of Digital Economy’, which identifies and discusses various legal issues involving Metaverse, including, IP, data protection/privacy as well as block-chain technology (such as NFT).
  • Advised Bandai Namco Entertainment on setting up an investment fund that is aimed at creating partnerships with technology startups to accelerate the company’s goal of creating new experiences around its most popular entertainment properties. The firm then advised on the subsequent acquisition and investment into various companies.

Firm Overview:

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 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, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and London. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong and Jakarta.

Practice Areas:Main Areas of Practice:

AMT 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.

Corporate

M&A

Government Investigations and Crisis Management

Capital Markets

Finance and Financial Institutions

Real Estate

Labor and Employment

Intellectual Property/TMT

Personal Data/Data Protection

Life Sciences

Technology and Information Industries

Media and Entertainment

Competition/Antitrust

Tax

Wealth Management

Energy and Natural Resources

Dispute Resolution

Restructuring/Insolvency and Bankruptcy

Economic Security and International Trade

International Practice

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 Managing Partner (Finance, PFI/PPP, Energy and Natural Resources, International Practice)
Koji Fujita photo Koji Fujita Tax, Corporate, M&A, Labor and Employment
Kagayaki Funakoshi photo Kagayaki Funakoshi Partner (Capital Markets)
Miki Goto photo Mr Miki Goto Partner (IP & Technology)
Osamu Hirakawa photo Osamu Hirakawa Corporate, Corporate Crisis Management                  
Yukiko Imazu photo Yukiko Imazu Partner(Labor and Employment)
Aoi Inoue photo Mr Aoi Inoue Partner and Head of International Arbitration
Tetsuya Itoh photo Tetsuya Itoh Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, M&A
Yoshikazu Iwase photo Yoshikazu Iwase Partner (Intellectual Property)
Hideki Thurgood Kanoh photo Mr Hideki Thurgood Kanoh Partner
Tatsu Katayama photo Tatsu Katayama Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution
Kazuhilo Kikawa photo Mr Kazuhilo Kikawa Partner
Akiko Kimura photo Akiko Kimura Corporate, Capital Markets                                  
Masaakira Kitazawa photo Masaakira Kitazawa Corporate, M&A, Finance and Financial Institutions, Corporate Crisis Management, International Practice
Ken Kobayashi photo Ken Kobayashi Partner Real Estate Finance, Structured Finance, Project Finance, Real Estate Investment, Real…
Minoru Kobayashi photo Minoru Kobayashi Capital Markets, Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Corporate, M&A, Energy and…
Hiroki Kodate photo Mr Hiroki Kodate Partner (M&A), Member of Management Committee
Kenichi Masuda photo Kenichi Masuda Corporate/M&A, Private Equity.                                    
Hidetaka Miyake photo Mr Hidetaka Miyake Partner
Akihito Miyake photo Akihito Miyake Partner (Asset Management and Investment Funds)
Vassili Moussis photo Dr Vassili Moussis Competition/Antitrust
Kazuaki Nagai photo Kazuaki Nagai Structured Finance, M&A Finance, PPP and Other Financial Transactions, Fund and Investments,…
Hikaru Naganuma photo Mr Hikaru Naganuma Partner (Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Energy and Natural Resources, Corporate,…
Takeshi Nagase photo Univ Prof Dr Takeshi Nagase Partner
Akihito Nakamachi photo Akihito Nakamachi Corporate, M&A, Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT, Competition/Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, Dispute Resolution,…
Yusuke Nakano photo Mr Yusuke Nakano Partner (Competition Law)
Harume Nakano photo Harume Nakano Partner(Capital Markets)
Eiichiro Nakatani photo Mr Eiichiro Nakatani Partner (Tax)
Satoshi Ogino photo Satoshi Ogino Restructuring/Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Labor and Employment, Government Investigations and Crisis Management, Corporate,…
Hideyuki Sakai photo Hideyuki Sakai Restructuring/Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Dispute Resolution, M&A, Corporate, Corporate Crisis Management
Hironori Shibata photo Hironori Shibata Capital Markets, M&A, Corporate, Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Intellectual Property/Life…
Yasufumi Shiroyama photo Yasufumi Shiroyama Partner(Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT, Competition/Antitrust, Dispute Resolution)
Hiroaki Takahashi photo Hiroaki Takahashi Finance and Financial Institutions, Reak Estate, Capital Markets, Energy and Natural Resources, Corporate, Labor…
Reiji Takahashi photo Reiji Takahashi Finance and Financial Institutions Energy and Natural Resources
Akira Tanaka photo Mr Akira Tanaka Partner(Tax)
Keita Tokura photo Keita Tokura Partner
Hiroyasu Ueda photo Mr Hiroyasu Ueda Partner (Restructuring/Insolvency and Bankruptcy, M&A/Business Restructuring, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Crisis Management)
Yoshiharu Usuki photo Yoshiharu Usuki Competition/Antitrust/Corporate Crisis Management
Hiroki Wakabayashi photo Hiroki Wakabayashi Partner(Dispute Resolution; Restructing/Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Internal Practice)
Kunihiro Yokoi photo Kunihiro Yokoi Partner(Energy & Infrastructure)
Photo Name Position Profile
Teruma Naito photo Mr Teruma Naito Partner (Finance)
Number of Professionals : 643
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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).

Opening of Brussels Office

We are pleased to announce that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (“AMT”) has decided to open an office in Brussels. The new office is scheduled to commence operations in early 2024.

Opening of Hanoi Office

We are pleased to announce that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (“AMT”) has opened an office in Hanoi City of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (“Vietnam”).