Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
Kishimoto Building 2F
2-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0005

Japan > Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 2

The experienced Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners antitrust and competition practice is particularly strong in the areas of merger control and JFTC investigations, as well as providing expertise in competition/consumer protection litigation and compliance issues. The team is co-led by Takashi Ishii, Kagenori Sako and Tetsuya Nagasawa; the latter of whom successfully acted for Maxvalu Nishinihon Co in a matter against the JFTC related to a suspicion of abuse of superior bargaining position.

Practice head(s):

Takashi Ishii; Kagenori Sako; Tetsuya Nagasawa

Key clients

Maxvalu Nishinihon Co., Ltd.

Secoma Company, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Maxvalu Nishinihon in relation to a cease and desist order and the surcharge payment order from the JFTC on suspicion of having abused superior bargaining position.
  • Represented Secoma Company in a suit filed by Saikawa against them for damages.

Japan > Corporate and M&A: Independent local firms Tier 2

Known for expertise in insolvency and distressed M&A transactions, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is particularly strong in the healthcare and pharma sectors, with experience in outbound acquisitions. Another key area of work is cross-border investments in and from Asian region and emerging markets, notably China related matters. The firm also handles litigation arising from M&A transactions, including contests on corporate control. Osaka-based Seigo Takehira co-leads the team with Norihiro Sekiguchi, who has experience in cross-border and domestic acquisitions as well as private equity investments.

Key clients

Sony Financial Holdings Inc. No

Shionogi & Co., Ltd. No

Air Water Inc No

Rengo Co., Ltd. No

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. No

Sumitomo Corporation No

J-STAR Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on a full buyout of Sony Financial Holdings (SFH) by Sony.
  • Advised Shionogi & Co., Ltd. on an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% stake in Tetra Therapeutics Inc., the US-based company which is into chemical design of inhibitors of phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes, for a maximum consideration of USD 500m based on the achievement of certain predetermined regulatory and commercial milestones.
  • Advised AIR WATER INC., who sold its coke oven gas refining business to Nippon Steel Corporation.

Japan > Restructuring and insolvency: Independent local firms Tier 2

Cross-border insolvency specialist Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners has broad experience advising debtors and creditors with high-profile bankruptcy cases. The firm handles civil rehabilitation and corporate reorganisation proceedings across a range of sectors, as well as providing expertise alternative dispute resolution and other out-of-court turnaround procedures. The 20 partner team is co-led by Takayuki Maruyama, Naoki Kondo and Tomohiro Kitano.

Key clients

Japan Drilling Co., Ltd. and Japan Drilling (Netherlands) B.V.

Micron Memory Japan, Inc.

Rakuten General Insurance Co., Ltd.(“Rakuten Insurance”)

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WBF Hotels & Resorts Co., Ltd. , WBF Holdings Co., Ltd. and White Bear Family Co., Ltd.


Kyokuto Electric Co., Ltd

Mitake Country Club Co., Ltd.

AIproject Company Limited

T&P Co., Ltd.

Meijo Gakuin Educational Corporation

Tokiwa Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

MIC Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting as attorneys for petitions and appointed by the Tokyo District Court as deputy trustees of Japan Drilling Co., Ltd. (JDC) and Japan Drilling (Netherlands) B.V. (JDN) when the commencement order was issued. Petitions were filed by the client  for commencement of corporate reorganization proceedings with the Tokyo District Court.
  • Represented Elpida for filing of the petition and the Tokyo District Court  appointed deputy trustees of Elpida in its reorganization case which was the largest ever for a Japanese manufacturer, with total liabilities of 448 billion yen.
  • Represent Rakuten Insurance because Rakuten Insurance had provided insurance coverage to the local public offices that ordered construction of the public facilities to M-tec, who filed for civil rehabilitation in October 2018, and went into liquidation proceedings in November 2018.

Japan > Risk management and investigations: Independent local firms Tier 2

The Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners practice is best known for expertise in investigations of accounting scandals and data falsification, as well as investigations of corporate scandals involving offshore operations. The team is co-led by Ko Matsui who focuses on foreign direct investments and resolving cross-border disputes; corporate governance and disputes specialist Norihiro Sekiguchi and Shingo Yamada, who handles corporate, M&A, international transactions and dispute resolution.

Key clients

Japan Display Inc.

Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd.

Toyo Tire Corporation

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Japan Display Inc. (“JDI”), who commissioned a third-party committee (the “Committee”) to investigate the possibility of an improper accounting treatment in its previous fiscal year.
  • As part of a special investigation committee, the firm conducted an investigation of overcharging by Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd., who has been manufacturing and delivering landing gear control systems for airplanes directly or indirectly to the Ministry of Defense for many years.
  • On behalf of Toyo Tire, the firm negotiated with the general contractors who bought company’s bearings, the developers who built and sold those buildings that installed such bearings, and the residents who own and are occupying those buildings that installed such bearings.

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 3

Advising on the negotiation and preparation of contracts as well as structuring issues in the course of credit transactions, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners’ experienced practice handles derivative transactions involving interest rates, currency exchange, commodities and credit events. The firm also provides expertise in global loan matters and overseas financial regulations. Tomohiro Murakami leads the team and advises clients on project finance across sectors including renewable energy and on  PPP/PFIs.

Practice head(s):


‘I often ask Tomohiro Murakami. He can respond kindly and politely. We get an explanation of the risks we are unaware of. He will also tell you how to deal with that risk.’

Key clients

Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd.

Joyo Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Yasu Swim8 Next-PFI Kabushiki Kaish, the borrower, on the financing of a PFI project in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture involving facilities that utilize residual heat.
  • Advised Tottori Prefectural Museum Partners Kabushiki Kaisha, the borrower and the sponsor consortium on the financing of a PFI project involving the Tottori Prefectural Museum.
  • Advised Shindengen Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd., the borrower on a corporate green loan of 10 billion yen for the construction of a new business facility.

Japan > Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 3

Joining the rankings this year, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is a full service firm with both Tokyo and Osaka offices. The firm’s IP group offers a strong transactional practice with extensive experience in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy, machinery and entertainment. In addition, the team handles a large number of negotiations and lawsuits regarding unfair competition and trade secrets. The IP group also advises on various types of proceedings both before the Japan Patent Office and overseas. The department is led by Takamitsu Shigetomi, a licensing and litigation specialist. Also of note are Toshiya Furusho and Takashi Hirose.

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Other key lawyers:

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 3

Providing contentious and non-contentious employment expertise, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners advises on regulations and represents clients in labour litigation and tribunals, including mediation and relief for unfair labour practices and negotiating with labour unions for collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers. Another core aspect of the practice is assisting client in changing personnel systems in compliance with laws and regulations. Daisuke Mure leads the team and handles a range of employment law, litigation and regulations.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

International Bar Association

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 3

Specialising in project finance, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners advises the lenders, sponsors and business entities across the lifecycle, including due diligence, drafting and negotiation, post-closing matters, and dispute resolution. The firm has experience in deals in the energy sector, notably solar, wind, biomass and thermal electric energy power projects, as well as infrastructure sector matters. Tomohiro Murakami leads the team and is known for expertise in PFI/PPP transactions relating to infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Yasu Swim8 Next-PFI Kabushiki Kaisha, (the borrower) Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd. (the representative of the consortium and the parent company of the borrower) on the financing of a PFI project in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture involving facilities that utilize residual heat.
  • Advised Tottori Prefectural Museum Partners Kabushiki Kaisha (the project company) Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd. (the representative of the consortium and the parent company of the project company) on a PFI project involving the Tottori Prefectural Museu.
  • Advised Kin Shachi Nagoya Horse-Race Track PFI Kabushiki Kaisha (the project company) Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd. (the representative of consortium and the parent company of the project company) on a PFI project involving the Nagoya Horse-Race Track.

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners advises market players including issuing enterprises, underwriting companies and investors in the structuring of investments and regulations around the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (“FIEA”), as well as negotiation, preparation and review of contracts. Seigo Takehira is a key name to note.

Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms

Experienced dispute resolution lawyer Teppei Mogi leads the Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners practice that is known for cross-border litigation, international commercial disputes, product liability actions, tort claims, antimonopoly law-related disputes and contentious intellectual property matters.

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 1

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners provides advice to Japanese and foreign securities companies, investment trust companies, investment advisors and investment funds. The firm's experience covers the key areas of investment trust funds formed for public and private placements, limited partnerships, silent partnerships and unit trusts.

Managing Partner: Mr. Shiro Kuniya

Firm Overview:
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners (“Oh-Ebashi”) is a full service law firm with over 160 attorneys, and with its main offices in Tokyo and Osaka. It was originally established in Osaka in 1981, and now has an equivalently- sized operation in Tokyo. Oh-Ebashi was the first Japanese law firm to open an office in China. Together with its Nagoya Office, Oh-Ebashi currently has offices in four locations. Oh-Ebashi has been providing its clients with the best legal advice and solutions for decades, and is committed to consistently exceed the clients’ expectations and be their ideal legal partner.

Main Areas of Practice:


Oh-Ebashi is capable of handling M&As, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and business alliances under any transaction structure, and also capable of handling intra-group reorganisations, capital and business alliances, Management Buy- Outs, acquisitions of publicly-traded companies through tender offers and going-private transactions. Oh-Ebashi has extensive experience in cross-border M&A projects including outbound investments conducted by Japanese companies and inbound deals brought by foreign entities. It offers comprehensive legal support, including advising on emergency strategies with respect to corporate control battles and defensive measures against hostile takeovers and counteroffers thereto, as well as handling M&A related lawsuits and other disputes.

Oh-Ebashi’s team, consisting of lawyers with expertise in M&A and finance practice, as well as business restructuring, provides professional support to clients in various capacities, including debtors, sponsor candidates, lenders and business partners.

Oh-Ebashi offers general consultation and advice concerning banking, securities, insurance and other financial businesses, including new financial products. With its extensive experience in project finance, securitisation and derivatives, Oh-Ebashi is able to assist in financial planning and schemes.

Intellectual Property:
Oh-Ebashi strategically supports its clients from planning/executing contracts to filing or defending against lawsuits. It also assists in drafting and negotiating contracts relating to licensing of copyrights, trademarks, patents, know-how and other intellectual property rights. Oh-Ebashi has extensive experience in handling many types of transactions, both internationally and domestically, in various fields of business. It has extensive experience not only in handling large-scale disputes, but small to medium-scale disputes as well.

Life Sciences:
Oh-Ebashi has been providing legal services to Japanese and foreign pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, bio ventures, research institutions such as universities, hospitals and various other clients for many years. It has handled a number of domestic and cross-border transactions involving leading-edge technology such as iPS cells and antibody drugs. Oh-Ebashi also has attorneys who were members of research ethics review committees. It can therefore adequately address not only intellectual property issues but also the latest issues facing this industry, including issues concerning statutory regulations and ethical requirements of regenerative medicine, genetic medicine and bio technology, as well as the handling of data and personal information.

Dispute Resolution:
Oh-Ebashi is experienced in litigation and arbitration cases in both Japan and abroad, ranging from anti-trust, corporate, product liability, intellectual property, administrative and tax cases, to general civil, labour and commercial cases. It handles crossborder arbitration cases before various local and international organisations for alternative dispute resolution, such as the AAA, ICC, JCAA, CIETAC, HKIAC, SIAC and LCIA.

Competition & Antitrust/Consumer Protection:
To meet the increasingly active enforcement of antitrust law both in Japan and overseas, companies must be well prepared and equipped to comply with antitrust laws. Oh-Ebashi’s antitrust law practice group consists of members with experience working at the Japan Fair Trade Commission as well as studying law overseas, including the US and Europe, enabling it to provide highly-specialised and premium advice to its clients concerning a wide range of areas of antitrust law.

Oh-Ebashi provides highly specialized legal services on complex tax disputes, making use of its abundant expertise and experience in handling cases involving a broad range of areas under tax law for clients in various business fields in Japan and abroad.

China/Asian Desk:
Oh-Ebashi has always been very active in Chinarelated transactions and dispute resolutions. Oh- Ebashi handles all types of matters such as trades, alliances/business ventures, disputes with Chinese companies, inbound/outbound investments, intellectual property protection, management or litigation, assessment/establishment of internal control systems and business restructuring or liquidation. In addition to China-related matters, Oh-Ebashi also has lawyers who are qualified to practice in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand, and has several lawyers with substantial legal experience of practicing in various jurisdictions in Southeast Asia.


CORPORATE AND M&A Seigo Takehira
Toshiya Furusho photo Toshiya FurushoToshiya Furusho is a partner of Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. His practice…
Takashi Hirose photo Takashi HiroseTakashi Hirose is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of…
Takashi Ishii photo Takashi IshiiTakashi Ishii is a partner in Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. His practice…
Tomohiro Kitano photo Tomohiro KitanoTomohiro Kitano is the firm’s partner in charge of Bankruptcy and Restructuring…
Naoki Kondo photo Naoki KondoNaoki Kondo is the firm’s partner in charge of Bankruptcy and Restructuring…
Shiro Kuniya photo Shiro KuniyaShiro Kuniya is a managing partner of Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. He…
Takayuki Maruyama photo Takayuki MaruyamaTakayuki Maruyama is a partner in Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. His practice…
Ko Matsui photo Ko MatsuiKo Matsui is a partner at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners with a…
Teppei Mogi photoMr Teppei MogiTeppei Mogi is the firm’s partner in charge of international business law…
Tomohiro Murakami photo Tomohiro MurakamiTomohiro Murakami is a partner who is in charge of both Banking…
Daisuke Mure photo Daisuke MureDaisuke Mure has an expertise in complicated and wide-ranging employment laws and…
Tetsuya Nagasawa photoMr Tetsuya NagasawaTetsuya Nagasawa has been highly acclaimed for his work by Who’s Who…
Yuichi Oda photo Yuichi OdaYuichi Oda is a partner in the Competition and Antitrust/Consumer Protection practice…
Kagenori Sako photo Kagenori SakoKagenori Sako is a partner in Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. His practice…
Takuyuki Sakurai photo Takuyuki SakuraiTakuyuki Sakurai is a partner in Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. His practice…
Norihiro Sekiguchi photoMr Norihiro SekiguchiNorihiro Sekiguchi is highly active advising on cross-border and domestic matters. His recent…
Takamitsu Shigetomi photoMr Takamitsu ShigetomiTakamitsu Shigetomi is a partner who is in charge of Intellectual Property…
Seigo Takehira photo Seigo TakehiraSeigo Takehira is a leading partner in the Corporate and Mergers and…
Shingo Yamada photo Shingo YamadaOh-Ebashi LPC & Partners handles numerous corporate criminal cases, and Shingo Yamada…
Kosuke Yoshimura photo Kosuke YoshimuraKosuke Yoshimura  is a partner in Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. His practice…
Number of lawyers : over 160

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