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TMI Associates
23RD FLOOR, ROPPONGI HILLS, MORI TOWER
6-10-1 ROPPONGI, MINATO-KU
TOKYO 106-6123
Japan

Japan > Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 1

The TMI Associates antitrust practice is boosted by substantial international expertise, and the firm combines offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Ho chi minh, Hanoi, Yangon, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Silicon Valley and London, with a global network of joint enterprises with US, UK and European of law firms. The experienced team of antitrust and competition practitioners is co-led by Harumichi Uchida, Yohsuke Higuchi, Koichiro Hanamoto, Daigo Fujii and Kentaro Toda, all of whom also have cross-border experience.

Testimonials

‘The team’s a one-stop-shop  for legal service for clients. In particular, it is capable of all the matters whether domestic or international; investigations or merger clearances; or small/mid/large-sized matters, or otherwise.’

‘They are practical. They have a good commercial sense as well as good legal knowledge. Yohsuke Higuchi, a leading competition law partner of the team.’

‘I have found the competition law team very approachable and responsive. They give well thought out advice quickly and are willing to be flexible to European time zones.’

‘Mr Hanamoto and Mr Higuehi are the two partners I know best. Both speak and write good English and provide pragmatic and useful advice.’

Key clients

Keihin Corporation

DENSO Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Keihin Corporation regarding its merger with Showa Corporation, Nisshin Kogyo Co., Ltd., and Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

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

Masakazu Iwakura, Masami Hadama and Tatsuhiro Takahara co-lead the TMI Associates team that has significant experience in complex transactions and expertise drawn from strong corporate, finance and antitrust practices. The firm frequently advises on squeeze-out transactions, representing private equity funds and targets, and assists public companies across all industries, defending against a wide array of shareholder activism campaigns, including proxy contests, hostile takeover attempts, merger contests and other activist challenges. Strengths for the group cover asset management, automobile, fintech, IT, pharmaceutical and shipping industries, as well as domestic and foreign private equity funds. A key name in the area is Takashi Toichi, who handles various domestic and cross-border corporate/M&A.

Japan > Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

TMI Associates’s IP practice covers the full spectrum of IP related matters and has a powerful contentious and transactional practice. Adept in infringement litigation, invalidation trials and appeals and suspensions/injunctions, the attorneys have extensive knowledge, particularly in the entertainment and media sectors. The transaction arm of the practice also has extensive experience in the media sector, alongside technology, sports, and IT-related business inside and outside of Japan in matters such as licensing and manufacturing agreements, content distribution, and e-commerce. Katsuro Tanaka and Tomohiro Tohyama lead the practice jointly, and both have expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Also of note is Mitsuko Miyagawa, a trademark, design, copyright, and trade secret expert.

Practice head(s):

Katsuro Tanaka; Tomohiro Tohyama

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Work highlights

  • Representing Kyoto City University of Arts in the appeal proceedings at the Osaka High Court.

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 1

TMI Associates’ cross-border labour and employment practice provides expertise in financial, business, commercial, technology, entertainment and governmental matters. Particular strengths include employee contracts, termination of employment, employment related M&A and investigations into harassment and other misconduct. The firm also has experience in a range of employment litigation and disputes, notably labour union issues. Mie Fujimoto has experience in advising foreign clients across a wide variety of industries and co-leads the team with Motoi Fujii, who focuses on lawsuits and labour tribunals. Also active in the area are Seiji Kurihara, whose sector expertise covers manufacturing, communications, finance and entertainment; and Rie Taiko, who provides strategic counselling on labour and employment matters.

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Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates provides comprehensive advice in financial matters, including corporate, structured, and project finance, securitization, liquidation matters, REITs, derivative transactions, banking, securities, insurance and trusts. The firm has particular strength in the real estate and renewable energy sectors, notably in real estate securitization. An area of focus for the practice relates to real estate non-recourse loans and project financing for renewable energy projects, as well as advising on M&A finance, PPP/PFI, and securitization of accounts receivable Banking and capital markets specialist Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads a highly experienced team that includes Hideaki Kurauchi, Yoshikazu Noma and Mizuki Koshimoto.

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Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.

SMBC Trust Bank Ltd.

Aozora Bank, Ltd.

Resona Bank, Limited

AEON BANK, LTD.

ORIX Corporation

BANCO DO BRASIL S.A.

THE KAGOSHIMA BANK, LTD.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, a Japanese trust bank on the real estate non-recourse loan for 20 projects.
  • Advised ORIX Corporation, a loan lender on the first deal in Japan in which an SPC scheme and non-recourse loan were executed in a case based on the “premises sale system” under the Act on Facilitation of Reconstruction of Condominiums.

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 2

Known for its international expertise across the EU, Asia and the USA, TMI Associates has experience representing issuers and underwriters in offerings of debt securities in the Japanese market by international corporations. The firm provides comprehensive services in financial matters, including corporate and structured finance, REITs, derivative transactions, securities, regulations, project finance and securitisation. Banking and capital markets specialist Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads the team that includes Hiroyoshi Kuromaru, who has particular expertise advising on public offerings and secondary distributions of bonds and notes, in Japan and abroad.

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Key clients

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited, Tokyo Branch

HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited

Universal Entertainment Corporation

Nomura Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.

FRUTAFRUTA, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. (“MC-UBS”) in relation to the absorption-type merger of Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation (“JRF”) and MCUBS MidCity Investment Corporation (“MMI”), analysed the investor structures of both REITs, planned the possible reorganization structure and provided legal analysis on the U.S. investors’ shareholding structure of the target REIT (MMI).
  • Conducted due diligence of Roland, issued a legal opinion, prepared and reviewed documents for the transactions, and provided legal advice related to the transaction.
  • Advised Nanofilm on various matters in relation to an Initial Public Offering.

Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 2

The broad disputes practice of TMI Associates includes expertise in employment, construction and public law matters, with a particular forte in tech related cases. The firm combines this with significant strength in the growing international arbitration space, key names being Yoshimitsu Aoyama, who joined as advisor in 2020 and is president of the Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC), and Tomoki Yanagisawa, who is Deputy Secretary General of the same centre. Pre-litigation work is another specialism for the team led by Ryosuke Ito, who can call on a deep bench of experts including Makoto Okada and Keishiro Tashiro.

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Tsuburaya Production Co., Ltd.

Japan > Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates is increasingly active in the fintech space, primarily acting for finance and IT industry clients. The firm has experience filing patent applications in connection with block chain technologies, and established a fintech professional service organisation, TMI Fintech desk, to focus assistance in the area. Haruo Narimoto handles investment-type crowdfunding issues in Japan and co-leads the team with Makiko Yamamoto, Arito Ogoshi and Takatsugu Kitajima.

Key clients

FinTech Global Incorporated

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mitsui & Co. Digital Asset Management Ltd.

Kenedix, Inc.

LIFULL Co., Ltd. and Securitize Japan K.K.

Hash DasH Co.,Ltd

Tosei Corporation

Japan Security Token Association

Work highlights

  • Advised LIFULL Co., Ltd. and Securitize Japan K.K. regarding a system for issuing and assigning security tokens in accordance with the Act on Specified Joint Real Estate Ventures.
  • Advised Kenedix, Inc. regarding their issuance of digital securities in real estate utilizing blockchain technology.
  • Attorney-at-law Haruo Narimoto became a director of Japan Security Token Association, the Japan’s largest community-based unincorporated association regarding crowdfunding and engages in awareness-raising campaigns and study sessions.

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates provides advice on domestic funding and investments to managers of funds established in Japan and abroad, including venture capital funds, buyout funds, distressed funds, corporate reconstruction funds, real estate funds and contents funds. An area of increasing activity is funds for investment in alternative energy sources and funds for infrastructure investment. Another service the practice offers is advice to clients engaged in venture capital funds investing in the IT and bio-related fields, drawing from the firm’s patent attorneys and technology field experts. Banking and capital markets expert Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads the team of diverse expertise, notable names being Kiyomi Kikuchi and Takuma Taki.

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Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management

DBJ Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Nissay Asset Management Corporation

Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan (GPIF)

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the largest banks in Japan regarding its investments in thirteen different funds.
  • Advised the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan on the launch of and investment of their assets in their first ever global real estate fund of funds.
  • Advised One Capital Investment I Limited Partnership and One Capital Investment DX I Limited Partnership regarding a formation of cross-border VC fund with a unique dual fund structure.

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 2

Known for renewables expertise, TMI Associates handles a range of solar, wind and biomass projects domestically and overseas. The firm is increasingly active in the growing offshore wind sector in Japan but the broad practice also covers development-type real estate securitization, urban redevelopment structuring projects and PPP/PFI finance. Practice head Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads a large team that includes banking, finance and dispute resolution expert Yoshikazu Noma, and project, real estate and structured finance specialists Takenobu Imaeda and Noriko Yao. Another name to note is Mizuki Koshimoto, who has experience in inbound renewable energy transactions, particularly the development and structuring of offshore wind power energy projects.

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Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.

Aozora Bank, Ltd.

Eneseed Co., Ltd

EEX

Integrity Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Integrity Partners LLC regarding the renewable energy projects (Daigo Village 46MW Solar power plant and Miyakonojo 44MW Solar power plant).
  • Adviased Eneseed Co., Ltd. on acquisition of solar power generation facilities.
  • Advised EEX regarding their emergence into the Japanese electricity futures market.

Japan > Shipping: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates’ shipping and maritime team is headed by ‘star partner’ Jumpei Osada. The firm’s offering includes both contentious and non-contentious matters such as shipping finance, as well as carriage of goods by sea, ship safety, and marine casualties. Osada has strong litigation and arbitration expertise. Another name of note is Masaaki Sasaki, who works principally on dispute resolution.

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Testimonials

‘With the backing of the senior partners at TMI, Osada san has built a team of talented lawyers in an area that was not previously core business for TMI.’

‘Jumpei Osada is the star and heads up the team. He is very hard working and dedicated to his clients. His dedication and work ethic is reflected in the rest of the team.’

Japan > Tax: Independent local firms Tier 2

With an established track record in funds-related tax matters, TMI Associates’ tax team has a strong cross-border and international practice. The team is headed by Hidehiro Utsumi, who combines both tax and corporate expertise to offer comprehensive advice to clients in litigation, audits, and transactional matters. Also of note is Nobukai Iwashina who co-leads the team and handles the gamut of domestic and international tax matters.

Key clients

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management

Minimini Co., Ltd.

TOYO CORPORATION

Work highlights

  • Representing a wealthy individual, who owns a lot of real estate in a tax lawsuit in relation to inheritance tax.
  • Advised Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. on CFC tax issues and pass-through nature of the investment funds the client has invested in.

Japan > TMT: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates  has particular expertise in dispute resolution services related to IT and IP rights, as well as providing research services related to information protection and ICT regulations. In addition, the firm has expertise in the aerospace industries, including dealing with satellite data, data analysis by AI, and development of AI and robotics in outer space. Atsushi Igarashi leads the practice and covers a range of data protection, intellectual property, telecommunications and entertainment. IP and IT specialist Mihoko Shintani is another key name in the area.

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Testimonials

‘I believe the TMI team is very strong because of their vast experience in various areas of expertise. This allows us to confidently consult with them on any matter.’

‘Our company is spearheading a new global market which requires us to think outside of the box and consider new legal frameworks. Mihoko Shintani and Mai Kasuga are always quick to respond to any and all matters we raise to them in a professional and speedy manner.’

‘The strength of TMI lies in the team’s passion, flexibility and collective expertise. Based on the subject matter at hand, TMI always brings pertinent field experts to the table so I can always trust that our company is receiving the most relevant and up-to-date legal advice available. The impressive breadth of collective experience at TMI also ensures that I can consult them on any matter large or small with confidence. I also appreciate the flexibility that TMI affords our company in the areas of billing and service options since we are a quickly growing, venture organization.’

‘Mihoko Shintani serves as our company’s main source of legal counsel. Regardless of the time of day, she always makes herself available to us when needed. I believe what makes her a stand-out Partner is her passion to make the world a better place and her genuine belief in our company’s vision and service’.

‘There are experts in a wide range of topics not easy to find in Japan.’

Key clients

ARM Treasure Data Inc.

LINE Corporation

avatarin,inc.

Synspective, Inc.

GITAI, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised ANA Holdings regarding a new game project during the coronavirus crisis in collaboration with Mr. Hajime Tabata, one of the developers of the successful “Final Fantasy” games, the firm represents ANA Holdings in all business activities, such as establishing a new company, providing funding, and developing the game.
  • Advised avatarin Inc. when a “space avatar” (a remote-control robot developed by avatar-in Inc.) was placed in the ISS, the firm negotiated with stakeholders regarding conditions and analysed risks.
  • Represents LINE Corporation and responded to a report request by the Personal Information Protection Commission and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Japan > Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 3

Known for its cross-border expertise, TMI Associates has particular strength in real estate transactions and investment projects, as well as complex construction disputes. The firm’s comprehensive experience covers structured finance, REITs, derivative transactions, securities, securities regulations, project finance and a range of other financial matters related to real estate, including corporate finance, debt capital markets and equity capital markets. Banking and capital markets expert Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads the team.

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Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

SMBC Trust Bank Ltd.

LaSalle Investment Management

ORIX Corporation

Aozora Bank Ltd.

Kenedix Investment Partners, Inc.

Mizuho Trust & Banking Co,Ltd.

Vermilion Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Vermilion Capital Management on Niseko condominium development project.
  • Advised Kenedix Investment Partners, Inc. on the project which relates to the securitization of two (2) logistics facilities in a rural area using an SPC scheme.
  • Advised Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation as counsel for an SPC purchasing real estate funds for fourteen (14) projects.
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The firm: From its establishment thirty years ago, TMI Associates has grown from its original 11 members to become the second-largest law firm in Japan, with more than 600  attorneys and patent/trademark attorneys based in 16  offices. TMI has comprehensive transactional and dispute resolution capabilities, a distinctive regulatory focus and a renowned IP practice. In addition to the firm’s locations in Japan, TMI has offices in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the UK and the US, as well as desks focused on Brazil, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Main areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: TMI’s Corporate /M&A team regularly handles the most complex and high-stakes corporate and M&A transactions, including large-scale cross-border transactions, going-private transactions, private equity investments, venture capital investments, joint ventures, responding to activist shareholders and formulating takeover defenses. The firm is known for its development of innovative structures and approaches. Drawing on the strength of TMI’s IP practice area, the firm’s corporate/M&A team is a market leader in IP-oriented industries, including not only the life science, pharmaceutical and IT industries but also the fast-growing fin-tech and health-IT sectors. TMI’s overseas presence enables the firm to support clients in M&A deals throughout the Asian region, and since the opening of the Silicon Valley office in 2014, TMI has become renowned as the leading Japanese law firm in the field of investment in start-ups, advising both domestic and international venture capital and corporate venture capital investors (CVCs).

Banking/finance: As financial markets and their regulations change rapidly and become more complex and globalized, so do the needs of clients. TMI provides cutting-edge solutions in areas such as asset financing for real estate transactions, and project financing for urban development, renewable energy and social infrastructure, in addition to more conventional financial services such as banking and capital markets, investment fund and asset management, derivatives and structured products, and leveraged financing. TMI’s core expertise also extends to providing advice on financial regulations and supporting clients both domestic and international who have become involved in investigations. Working closely with its international network, TMI is able to provide seamless services on cross-border matters to a full range of financial market participants. A highlight of the past year was TMI’s establishment of a FinTech desk, becoming the first Japanese firm to do so.

IP/media/entertainment/telecommunications and technology: TMI’s unique and unparalleled ability to form collaborative teams combining attorneys and patent and trademark attorneys has enabled the firm to become a leading law firm in Japan and worldwide in the practice areas surrounding IP, media, sports, entertainment and telecommunications and technology. In this regard, TMI serves as the legal advisor for the Rugby World Cup 2019 as well as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. TMI is also a pioneer in providing legal services concerning brands, trade secrets and content protection for many of the world’s best-known brand companies, international and domestic motion picture studios, television and music companies, major advertising agencies, newspaper companies, sports organizations, professional teams and Internet companies.

Dispute resolution/risk management: TMI is one of Japan’s leading litigation law firms, having handled hundreds of cases involving commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, tax disputes, administrative disputes, and other types of matters worldwide. TMI is able to look at the nature of each case and form legal teams staffed with lawyers who are also qualified as specialists in related fields, including medical doctors, architects, accountants and patent attorneys with diverse technological backgrounds. To develop TMI’s litigation strategy, the firm draws on advice from TMI attorneys with distinguished backgrounds in public service, including former judges (including three retired Supreme Court Justices) and prosecutors (including a former Prosecutor General) to assimilate their viewpoints to the clients’ advantage. TMI lawyers also have significant experience in international arbitration cases before arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA, AAA, and JCAA, in the role of both counsel and arbitrator.

Risk management: TMI is highly regarded for its risk management practice, which includes advice on public relations and crisis management, corporate fraud and other investigations, advice on dealing with anti-social forces and the defense of white-collar criminal claims. TMI’s risk management team has an abundance of experience in dealing effectively with complex and sensitive matters for both domestic and international clients. TMI’s Risk Management team features experienced attorneys who formerly served at government agencies including the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Japan Fair Trade Commission, the Financial Services Agency and the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau. Armed with such expertise and the enormous manpower of the firm, TMI is well-positioned to serve clients and help them to deal with any risk management issues they may be experiencing in the most effective and timely manner possible.

Antitrust/competition: TMI’s highly-experienced antitrust/competition team provides a wide range of services for clients, from advising on M&A transactions and counseling on business and operational compliance with Japan’s anti-monopoly laws, through to providing support in response to large-scale investigations. Several of the team’s members have worked at the Japan Fair Trade Commission. Of particular note is TMI’s extensive experience in handling international antitrust and competition matters, including international cartel cases, both throughout the Asian region and on a global basis.

Recent matters include: (i) Representation of several major Japanese auto parts companies in cartel investigations, coordinating international counsel and implementing global strategies for the related investigations and follow-on litigation; (ii) Conducting successful defenses for several senior management members who were “carved out” or designated as “carve out” candidates by the US DOJ in a cartel investigation; (iii) Representation of multiple companies in complex mergers, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and obtaining clearances in multiple jurisdictions; and (iv) Implementation of global compliance programs for multiple Japan-based listed companies.

International trade and investment: TMI is well-prepared to assist its clients in planning for and dealing with trade issues such as tariffs, export control, direct inbound investment restrictions, and numerous border measures, making use of our abundant experience handling domestic and international trade issues. TMI has extensive experience in anti-dumping matters as counsel for both domestic companies facing investigations by foreign authorities and foreign companies facing investigations by Japanese authorities. TMI’s knowledge is current on emerging issues including the domestic customs laws and investigation processes under the TPP11, the EU-Japan FTA, Japan’s unique export control system, and other trade measures, such as anti-dumping and safeguards. The international trade and investment team works closely with the firm’s tax, antitrust, environmental, and dispute resolution teams to provide the best solutions in complex cases.

Labour and employment: TMI’s labour and employment attorneys provide practical, problem-solving legal advice to clients facing difficult and complex situations. TMI’s services cover the entire spectrum of labour and employment-related matters in Japan, including employment litigation, negotiation with labour unions, employment-related support for M&A deals and reorganizations, and investigations into harassment and other misconduct. The goal of TMI’s labour and employment law team is to provide efficient and client-friendly solutions, creating breakthroughs in what seem to be the most intractable situations. The firm achieves this by drawing upon the extensive knowledge and experience developed by TMI’s attorneys, including former judges with specialized experience, in advising and representing leading Japanese and multinational corporations and institutions.

Tax disputes and investigations: TMI’s tax team is primarily comprised of attorneys who have spent time working at the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, attorneys qualified as tax accountants, certified public accountants, and attorneys and tax accountants who are former public prosecutors from the Special Investigations Department. In addition, a former Commissioner of the National Tax Agency and a former Head of the National Tax Agency serve as TMI advisors and enable the firm to tackle tax issues by taking the mindset of the tax authorities into consideration. TMI has a proven track record in handling tax investigations and tax disputes for its clients, including securing reductions in tax assessments worth several billions of yen in tax investigations relating to transfer pricing tax and inheritance tax and achieving success in lawsuits for the outright revocation of corporate tax assessments for amounts totaling more than several billion yen.

Energy: TMI’s energy specialists have a wealth of experience in the field of energy, including solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power generation projects. TMI’s clients include major energy companies, finance providers, general construction firms, utility companies and other contractors. The firm provides a wide range of services on energy projects including inbound transactions implemented by US, European and Asian investors, secondary transactions by way of business transfers, share deals and corporate split transactions involving multi-national parties. TMI is also at the forefront in providing regulatory advice regarding the legal framework surrounding energy projects, including the recently amended Renewable Energy Act and other electricity and gas related laws and regulations. Further, the firm is experienced in due diligence work in relation to energy projects, such as review of steps to maintain the FIT ID and other permits and licenses, providing valuable advice for TMI’s domestic and overseas clients. TMI also has a significant track record in advising on bulk acquisition transactions and other unique transactions in the Japanese energy sector.

Life sciences: TMI has a leading life sciences practice that serves both established businesses and start-ups in the life sciences, pharmaceutical/ medical device and medical care fields. The life sciences team draws upon its deep understanding of the industry in providing clients with comprehensive and practical legal advice on establishing new businesses, licensing, public offerings, M&A and litigation. For clients with pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare products, TMI has extensive experience providing patent and trademark-related services. The Life Sciences team also provides these clients with practical advice based on laws and regulations including the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Law and the Anti-Monopoly Law in relation to the development, production, sale, distribution, promotion, advertising and pricing of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, cosmetics and health foods. In the medical care field, TMI provides practical advice based on the Medical Practitioners Act, Medical Service Act and other related laws for leading-edge technology such as regenerative medicine, remote medical care and medical-related information services. For biotechnology clients, TMI provides practical advice based on the laws, regulations and guidelines related to research and development on leading-edge technologies, including stem cell technology and biotechnology-based medicines and biosimilars.

Maritime/shipping: TMI’s maritime law team provides legal advice on all types of shipping and maritime matters, including shipping finance, dry-shipping (carriage of goods by sea) and wet-shipping (safety of ships and marine casualty). For non-contentious matters, TMI provides clients with necessary legal support for a range of traditional and non-traditional projects and has experience in helping clients properly register vessels with security through collaborations with local lawyers and registries. TMI also drafts and reviews contracts ancillary to financing transactions such as shipbuilding contracts and ship sale contracts. For contentious matters, TMI advises on a broad range of disputes relating to shipbuilding, charterparties, bills of lading, cargo claims, and casualty or insurance claims. TMI’s expertise is particularly strong in the areas of oil tankers, chemical tankers and LNG tankers, and the firm has experience advising shipowners, operators, trading houses, shipbuilders, P&I clubs and hull insurers.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust and competition Masafumi Oshino
Antitrust and competition Yohsuke Higuchi
Antitrust and competition Koichiro Hanamoto
Antitrust and competition Kentaro Toda
Banking and finance Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi
Banking and finance Hidenori Nakagawa
Banking and finance Takenobu Imaeda
Banking and finance Mizuki Koshimoto
Capital markets Hiroyoshi Kuromaru
Capital markets Hidenori Nakagawa
Corporate and M&A Masakazu Iwakura
Corporate and M&A Masami Hadama
Corporate and M&A Tatsuhiro Takahara
Corporate and M&A Takashi Toichi
Corporate and M&A Takushi Saito
Dispute resolution Katsuro Tanaka
Dispute resolution Ryosuke Ito
Dispute resolution Satoru Nagasaka
Dispute resolution Hiroshi Nemoto
Dispute resolution Makoto Okada
Dispute resolution Tomoki Yanagisawa
Dispute resolution Keishiro Tashiro
Dispute resolution Masanobu Hara
Intellectual property Katsuro Tanaka
Intellectual property Hidetoshi Masunaga
Intellectual property Tomohiro Tohyama
Intellectual property Mitsuko Miyagawa
Intellectual property Hiroshi Nemoto
Intellectual property Makoto Okada
Labour and Employment Eizo Matsuo
Labour and Employment Mie Fujimoto
Labour and Employment Motoi Fujii
Maritime/Shipping Jumpei Osada
Projects and energy Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi
Projects and energy Daiki Kouso
Projects and energy Koji Fukatsu
Real estate and construction Noriko Yao
Real estate and construction Yu Tomita
Real estate and construction Haruo Narimoto
Restructuring and insolvency Mitsue Aizawa
Restructuring and insolvency Shinichiro Yamamiya
Restructuring and insolvency Takahiko Takayama
Structured finance/securitisation Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi
Structured finance/securitisation Hidenori Nakagawa
Structured finance/securitisation Haruo Narimoto
Tax Hidetoshi Masunaga
Tax Masami Hadama
Tax Hidehiro Utsumi
Tax Nobuaki Iwashina
TMT Masaya Hirano
TMT Tetsuya Oi
TMT Tomoo Shibano
TMT Takashi Hatae
TMT Satoshi Murakami
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mitsuko (Mimi) Miyagawa photoMs Mitsuko (Mimi) MiyagawaAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Hidehiro Utsumi photo Hidehiro UtsumiAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Number of attorneys : 532
Number of patent/trademark attorneys : 85
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