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

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.

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

LINE Corporation

International Business Machines Corporation

Tomoku Co., Ltd.

A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S

Qualcomm Inc.

Bunka Shutter Co., Ltd.

Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 1

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.

Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 1

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.

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‘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’

Corporate and M&A: Independent local firms Tier 1

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.


‘Excellent execution skills, experiences, track-records’

‘Values relationship with clients’

‘Have long-standing trust-based relationship’

Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 1

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.

Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 1

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’

Key clients

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

LVC Corporation (a subsidiary of Line Corporation)

Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association

Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association

Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

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’

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

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.

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

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.

Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 1

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.

Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 1

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’

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

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’

Key clients

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.

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‘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’

Key clients

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.

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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

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.

Key clients

MTG Co., Ltd.

NS Solutions Corporation


Nittetsu Mining Co., Ltd.


Rhythm Watch Co., Ltd.

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
  •  M&A
  • Corporate crisis management
  • Capital markets
  • Finance and financial Institutions
  • Real estate
  • Labour and employment
  •  Intellectual property/life sciences/TMT
  • Competition/antitrust
  • Tax
  •  Energy and natural resources
  •  Dispute resolution
  • Restructuring/insolvency and bankruptcy
  • 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 Finance, PFI/PPP, Energy and Natural Resources, International Practice
 Koji Fujita  photo Koji Fujita Tax, Corporate, M&A, Labor and Employment
 Yoshimasa Furuta  photo Yoshimasa Furuta International litigation, commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and other business dispute resolution.
 Osamu Hirakawa  photo Osamu Hirakawa Corporate, Corporate Crisis Management                  
 Tetsuya Itoh  photo Tetsuya Itoh Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, M&A
 Yoshikazu Iwase  photo Yoshikazu Iwase Partner
 Tatsu Katayama  photo Tatsu Katayama Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution
 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
 Minoru Kobayashi  photo Minoru Kobayashi Capital Markets, Finance and Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Corporate, M&A, Energy and…
 Kenichi Masuda  photo Kenichi Masuda Corporate/M&A, Private Equity.                                    
Dr 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,…
 Akihito Nakamachi  photo Akihito Nakamachi Corporate, M&A, Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT, Competition/Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, Dispute Resolution,…
 Yusuke Nakano  photo Yusuke Nakano Competition Law
 Eiichiro Nakatani  photo Eiichiro Nakatani Tax, Corporate, M&A, Labor and Employment, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT
 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 Intellectual Property/Life Sciences/TMT, Competition/Antitrust, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Crisis Management
 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 InstitutionsEnergy and Natural Resources
 Yoshiharu Usuki  photo Yoshiharu Usuki Competition/Antitrust/Corporate Crisis Management
 Hiroki Wakabayashi photo Hiroki Wakabayashi Dispute Resolution; Restructing/Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Internal Practice
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).