TMI Associates > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

TMI Associates
TOKYO 106-6123

Japan > Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 1

TMI Associates‘ team of ‘experienced people with practical knowledge’ are active on complex antitrust matters both domestically and overseas, with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hanoi, Singapore, Silicon Valley and London, aiding in comprehensive international coverage. Co-leading the department is M&A expert Harumichi Uchida, cartels & merger control specialists Yohsuke Higuchi and Yukio Kaiju, former JTFC investigators Koichiro Hanamoto and Daigo Fujii, and Kentaro Toda, who is dual qualified in Japan and New York.


‘TMI associates has a variety of experts who can provide solutions to any problem with their clients. In particular, with regard to the antitrust field, TMI associates proposes measures to resolve our domestic and/or international issues and contributes to the company’s lawful management.’

‘The team has experienced people with practical knowledge in the area.’

‘They are accessible and quick to reply. They are capable in both Japanese and English.’

‘It is Mr. Yohsuke Higuchi that I would like to recommend to others. He is a partner of TMI and a competition law specialist with excellent practical knowledge and a sense of business. He used to be seconded to the Japanese competition authority and knows what they think.’

‘Punctual and easy to communicate with and understand.’

Key clients

Keihin Corporation

DENSO Corporation

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

TMI Associates fields a diverse team from across corporate, finance, antitrust and bankruptcy practices, able to cater to a broad range of matters. These extend across numerous industrial sectors, including automobile, fintech, IT, pharmaceutical and shipping. The department is active for high profile domestic clients, and has offices in China, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand to provide full support for outbound M&A activities. Masami Hadama co-leads the department alongside private equity expert Tatsuhiro Takahara and Masakazu Iwakura, who has over 30 years’ experience in the practice area. Takashi Toichi, who is noted for his experience in cross-border M&A and general corporate matters, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Masakazu Iwakura; Masami Hadama; Tatsuhiro Takahara

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised client on the acquisition of a Japanese well known tutoring service company, Trygroup Inc.
  • Advised TOPPAN FORMS regarding the TOB launched by its parent company, Toppan Inc.
  • Advised Mitsui Chemicals on the acquisition of the agrochemicals business of Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd.

Japan > Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

TMI Associates‘excellent team’ covers the full range of contentious and transactional IP matters, with expertise in a range of industries including media, sports, and technology. The department acts for a number of high profile clients, including Dr. Marten brand owner Airwair International. Katsuro Tanaka and Tomohiro Tohyama lead the team, which includes Mitsuko Miyagawa, who has more than 30 years’ experience handling trademarks, designs, copyrights and trade secrets, and Makoto Okada, who is an expert in patent disputes.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has consistently prepared well-structured, beautiful briefs in timely manner, with which I am quite impressed.’

‘The team has good relationships with the court and patent office, leading to a good result.’

‘The team consists of competent and talented members, and they have amicable personalities.’

‘What makes them stand out is that they are not only highly capable but also affable.’

‘An excellent team, in which each attorney has a unique background.’

Work highlights

  • Providing all the legal advice to the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Advised Airwair International on the application of the trademark registration under the brand of “Dr. Martens”.
  • Advised Airwair International on the unfair competition litigation.

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 1

TMI Associates‘ sizable labour and employment practice group advises leading Japanese and multinational corporations in both employment specific matters and broader corporate transactions. Areas of particular expertise for the group include misconduct related investigations, both individual terminations and major layoffs, and labour disputes. Mie Fujimoto, who advises on all aspects of labour and employment, and specialises in advising foreign clients operating within Japan, co-leads the group alongside Motoi Fujii, who also focuses on cross-border employment matters, with a particular emphasis on contentious work. Also co-leading is Keisuke Kondo, who covers both contentious disputes, such as harassment, unfair dismissals, and collective bargaining with labour unions, and employment aspects of M&A deals. Seiji Kurihara and Rie Taiko are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mie Fujimoto; Motoi Fujii; Keisuke Kondo

Other key lawyers:

Seiji Kurahara; Rie Taiko

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates acts on a broad range of high value and complex matters, including corporate finance, structured finance, project finance, REITs, and derivative transactions, with particular expertise in the real estate sector. Team head Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi is a banking and capital markets expert, and is particularly well known for energy work. Other key names are Hideaki Kurauchi, who specialises in high value real estate work, Haruo Narimoto, who has expertise in structured finance and securitization, and Junji Shiraki, whose practice includes a wide array of finance transactions.

Practice head(s):


‘TMI always offer us an excellent service, in availability, in understanding of our needs, and in the quality of services provided, in addition to having a strong worldwide presence.’

‘Mr. Takenobu Imaeda is an outstanding leader in the firm. He has wide network both in and outside of the firm, which helps to solve issues easily.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, a lender to a specified purpose company, on the deal in which a Singapore REIT solely sponsored by a Japanese company incorporated real estate located in Japan into its portfolio.
  • Advised Japan Finance Corporation regarding the implementation of cross-border loans to Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates offers comprehensive financial matter coverage, with expertise which includes corporate finance, structured finance, REITs, and securities. The department has a notably strong international practice, reflected by major clients including the Ministry of Finance for the Republic of Uruguay, who the team advised on the issuing and public offering of their bond series. Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi, who has particular expertise in structured finance and securitisation, leads the team which includes Hiroyoshi Kuromaru and Hitoshi Sumiya, both of whom are highly experienced in the area.

Practice head(s):

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi


‘TMI has lawyers who are experienced and knowledgeable in a variety of areas, and they have solved all of our problems.’

Key clients

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.

BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited, Tokyo Branch

HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited

Universal Entertainment Corporation

Nomura Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.


Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates‘ broad team of experts brings sector specialisms across employment, construction, and public law. IP litigation is a key area of focus, with the department active in this area in a diverse set of sectors including pharmaceuticals, electronics, and chemicals. Ryosuke Ito leads the team, which includes commercial litigation expert Tomoki Yanagisawa, and IP specialist Makoto Okada, who is particularly active in patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ryosuke Ito

Other key lawyers:

Tomoki Yanagisawa; Makoto Okada; Keishiro Tashiro


‘The team has kept good relationships with a court and a patent office, leading the case to a good result.’

‘The team consists of competent and talented members, and they have amicable personalities.’

‘What makes them stand out is that they are not only highly capable but also affable. So I have relied on their expertise on the complex case. And I appreciate their affability which makes easy to communicate.’

‘An excellent team that each attorney has unique background such that a partner who was head of IP Appeal Court in Japan, a managing partner who manage the relationship such as billing, communication and so on with client, a partner who manage the contents of the case, and Japanese benrishi who was general manager of IP division of operating company, has been built for our case.’

Key clients

Tsuburaya Production Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Shogogoin Yatsuhashi Co. ltd in litigation regarding the indication of the year the company was founded.

Japan > Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates offers fintech clients a diverse collection of services, focused and directed by the professional service organisation, TMI FinTech desk. Crypto-assets are a particular area of focus for the department, with experience across cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and other blockchain technologies. The team is co-led by Haruo Narimoto, who splits time between Singapore and Tokyo, alongside Makiko Yamamoto, Arito Ogoshi and Takatsugu Kitajima. Kaori Noguchi is also key.

Practice head(s):

Haruo Narimoto; Makiko Yamamoto; Arito Ogoshi; Takatsugu Kitajima

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Marubeni Corporation

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


Asynmatrix Pte Lt

Work highlights

  • Supported Hash DasH Co., Ltd in obtaining a license to deal security tokens and prepared and reviewed agreements and disclosure documents related to its first public offering project.
  • Advised Securitize Japan K.K., a major U.S. security token platform provider, on negotiations with a major Japanese securities company to execute a platform service agreement.
  • Advised PLAYNEW Inc., the owner of the soccer club “SHIBUYA CITY FC.”, on the first case in Japan for a non-professional soccer club to issue a Fan Token.

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates advises a broad range of funds, including buyout funds, distressed funds, corporate reconstruction funds, real estate funds and content funds. The department also has experience with venture capital funds, particularly for those investing into biotechnology and IT sectors. Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads the team, which includes Kiyomi Kikuchi, who covers banking and project finance, and Hidehiro Utsumi, who focuses on international investment funds. Sadao Maeda is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi


‘TMI really understands our business and needs and always engages as the client first.’

‘Mr. Sadao Maeda is a stand-out partner in the TMI team. His communication with us is incredible.’

Key clients

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management

DBJ Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Nissay Asset Management Corporation

Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan (GPIF)

DNX Ventures

Inclusion Japan, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised DBJ Asset Management Co., Ltd. regarding the cross-border alternative investment project by one of the largest financial institution in Japan.
  • Advised an asset management firm regarding the transfer of accounts and the investment management functions from Nippon Life Insurance Company Japan and Taiju Life Insurance Company Limited.
  • Advised Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan on the launch of their first ever fund of funds to invest in alternative assets.

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates provides comprehensive financing support, with experience handling the full range of renewable energy projects. The department also has significant expertise advising financial advisers, real estate developers and major construction companies on development projects, urban redevelopments, and PPP and PFI projects. Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi, whose broad practice includes structured finance, project finance, and real estate investment, leads the team. Other key names include finance specialist Takenobu Imaeda, Yoshikazu Noma, who has dual specialisations in banking and finance regulations and dispute resolution, and Mizuki Koshimoto, whose area of focus is inbound renewable energy transactions.

Practice head(s):

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi

Other key lawyers:

Mizuki Koshimoto; Yoshikazu Noma; Takenobu Imaeda; Yuki Kono; Tsugumichi Watanabe


‘Koshimoto sensei has a commercial mind and know the company’s requirements very well.’

‘They are responsive to complex inquiries.’

‘Mr. Mizuki Koshimoto and Mr. Tsugumichi Watanabe are very capable of legal advice on investments in real estate and power plants. In addition, they are very familiar with financing transactions.’

‘TMI Associates, and the team led by Mr. Koshimoto, provide professional services.’

‘They provide flexible and practicable service based on the experiences, knowledge and deep understanding of local business & judicial system.’

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.

Aozora Bank, Ltd.

Siemens Gamesa Renweable Energy PTY Ltd.

Siemens Energy K.K.

Bunpu Japan K.K.

Everstream Capital Management

Eneseed Co., Ltd


Integrity Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Oita Prefecture in relation to the private-sector-led establishment of the first horizontal spaceport in Asia in Oita Prefecture of Japan with the cooperation of the Japanese and US governments.
  • Advised Bouygues regarding the large solar power generation project in Japan.

Japan > Shipping: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates fields a team experienced in all areas of shipping and maritime law, with a record of both contentious and non-contentious work. The ‘outstandingJumpei Osada leads the team, and has a broad practice which includes shipping finance, S&P transactions, and contentious matters including casualties. Masaaki Sasaki advises on international trade, bankruptcy cases and insurance regulations, in addition to a significant dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘TMI’s team is not biased toward either ship finance or maritime claims as its practice areas, and is able to provide comprehensive legal services.’

‘In working with Mr Jumpei Osada on ship finance, I have found his knowledge of Japanese and English law (maritime and financial), his knowledge and understanding of the shipping and shipbuilding industry, his quick response and his personality to be truly outstanding.’

‘Mr. Masaaki Sasaki always provides appropriate advice in the field of maritime law, based on his extensive experience.’

Japan > Tax: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates provides a combined tax and corporate service, with significant aptitude for funds-related tax matters. Co-leading the team is Hidehiro Utsumi, who has diverse tax expertise across lawsuits, audits, and transactions, and is also highly experienced in fund-related tax. Nobukai Iwashina leads the department alongside Utsumi, and handles a broad range of corporate income tax and international taxation related matters.

Practice head(s):

Hidehiro Utsumi; Nobuaki Iwashina

Other key lawyers:

Hiroyuki Yoshioka

Key clients

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management

Minimini Co., Ltd.


Work highlights

  • Represented a wealthy individual who owned a lot of real estate in a tax lawsuit in relation to inheritance tax.
  • Represented a major Japanese company on the tax audit and litigation on their CFC tax filing.
  • Represented a sovereign wealth fund in relation to (i) its investment in the derivatives and in Japanese companies and (ii) its PE issues.

Japan > TMT: Independent local firms Tier 2

TMI Associates provides legal advice and dispute resolution services for issues related to IT and intellectual property rights. The department advises on cutting edge technologies, including satellite data, the development of robotics in outer space, and the Moonshot Research and Development Program. Atsushi Igarashi leads the department, and handles data protection, intellectual property, telecommunications and entertainment. Mihoko Shintani is also key.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ARM Treasure Data Inc.

LINE Corporation


Synspective, Inc.


ANA NEO Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised ANA Holdings regarding the development of a new game in collaboration with Mr. Hajime Tabata, one of the developers of the successful “Final Fantasy” games.
  • Advised avatarin Inc regarding the placement of a “space avatar” (a remote-control robot developed by avatar-in Inc.) in the ISS.
  • Advised the Cabinet Office of Japan regarding the Moonshot Research and Development Program.

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

TMI Associates participates in a range of large-scale real estate transactions and investments for both domestic and international clients, with additional strength in construction disputes. The department has broad expertise, including structured finance, REITs, derivative transactions, project finance, securities, and securities regulations. Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi leads the team, and has significant expertise in banking and capital markets. Haruo Narimoto’s practice includes REITs, real estate investment, and real estate development, while Hideaki Kurauchi handles real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi

Other key lawyers:


‘Unlike other lawyers that I have worked with in the past, TMI provides options from both the business and legal side, for us to consider in making decisions on the legal documents.’

‘Mr. Hideaki Kurauchi, who looks after our company is very accommodating and work with other overseas law firms to assist us on our international business. ‘

‘There are many lawyers who do not know the business and only know about the law. However, Mr. Kurauchi is not one of those types. He understands our business and give us the right advice as a legal professional.’

‘TMI’s real estate team has excellence in the industry with quick response and accurate, well-considered advice. We have worked with them for several years and have created good relationship with them.’

‘Mr. Hideaki Kurauchi at TMI well understand real estate industry, especially logistics facilities – our main investment target. He has experience of all aspects of legal matters regarding logistics facilities, including acquisition, construction, debt and equity financing and disposition.’

‘The team has outstanding knowledge in real estate inbound structures for international regulated and unregulated investors. We very much appreciate the smooth collaboration and prompt responses.’

‘Hideaki Kurauchi is an outstanding lawyer with excellent knowledge of inbound structures for real estate into the Japanese market. Hideaki is very responsive and solution oriented.’

‘They are very flexible and timely. Balance of the work and charge is very good. Very resourceful to manage variety of transactions. Client oriented.’

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.

Suruga bank Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised ORIX Corporation regarding a non-recourse loan for a real estate fund used detached rental houses as backing assets.
  • Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on providing project financing to a company that will develop a facility complex in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Advised DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY CO., LTD. on a large development project of publicly owned land in the Minato Mirai district.

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.

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
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