Ushijima & Partners > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile
Ushijima & Partners Offices
SANNO PARK TOWER 12F (RECEPTION)/14F
11-1, NAGATACHO 2-CHOME, CHIYODA-KU
Ushijima & Partners > The Legal 500 RankingsUshijima & Partners acts in disputes across corporate, real estate, securities, and system/software development, with experience in both domestic and international matters. The department has a strong record in disputes related to corporate control, with a history of favourable results in a range of hostile takeover cases. Shin Ushijima, whose contentious experience includes corporate matters and international transactions, co-leads the team with Osamu Inoue, who has expertise in real estate and construction litigation. Also key in the team are Yoshimoto Kawamura and Rikisuke Yamanaka, as well as Hiroyasu Kageshima, who specialises in disputes related to IT and data security.
Shin Ushijima; Osamu Inoue
‘U&P has rich experience in Japanese litigation on securities and corporate law matters, especially representing investors, including foreign investors.’
‘I believe that their partners, especially Mr. Watanabe, Mr. Inoue, and Mr. Kawamura, have outstanding capabilities of working in complex litigation in Japan.’
‘This firm has numerous highly capable lawyers and staff with specialized knowledge.’
‘They handle their business diligently and respond promptly.’
‘Mr. Rikisuke Yamanaka. This lawyer has specialized knowledge and responds appropriately and quickly to our questions and requests. He also provides detailed explanation to make us feel more secure and follows up well.’
‘They are good at technically difficult security and finance litigation where the value of derivatives, equity, company value etc were diputed among companies including foreign companies.’
‘They listen well to the client request, but they are careful in developing arguments in the courts.’
‘As to the dispute resolution, Ushijima is clearly among the best law firms in Japan.’
Oasis Managment Company Ltd.
- Advised Oasis Management Company Ltd. about potential legal proceedings it could pursue regarding the unfair M&A (share exchange) and, on behalf of the client, fild a petition for determination of share price and a lawsuit seeking invalidation of the share exchange and damages associated therewith.
‘The firm’s strength is its extensive knowledge and experience in real estate securitization transactions, particularly investment structuring with TMK. They are familiar with complex TMK investment structures and can advise clients appropriately.’
‘We usually appoint Hiroki Awahara, attorney at law in Japan. Mr. Awahara is also a key person in the firm’s office, which has the most extensive knowledge of real estate securitization in the industry. He has handled so many cases that he can advise us on problems and solutions when the case compares to market practices.’
‘Ushijima Law is very knowledgeable and extremely responsive.’
‘As project completion timings are sometimes extremely challenging, the firm has always provided its advice in a timely manner.’
‘Hieda sensei has been a wonderful legal advisor. He has tremendous experience and always go the extra mile to advise clients on complex matters. Hieda sensei has always endeavoured to complete the work on time. Highly recommended to work with.’
‘Responding to our queries very promptly and with satisfactory replies.’
‘I have worked with very pleasant people so far, that provide very swift answers to my needs and queries.’
Shin Ushijima; Hiroshi Watanabe
‘From difficult cases to minor cases, we recognize that we get responses almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’
‘Attorney Hiroshi Watanabe can deal with consultations in various fields sincerely.’
Invesco Office J-REIT, Inc.
Kabushiki Kaisha Inage Driving School
- Advised the Special Committee established by Invesco Office J-REIT, Inc. with regard to the hostile tender offer launched by Starwood Capital Group.
Other key lawyers:
Shinobu Yanagita; Makiko Yageta
Ushijima & Partners > Firm Profile
The firm: Ushijima & Partners is a full-service law firm representing domestic and international clients in Japan and providing overseas legal services to Japanese clients both directly and through its international alliances, such as Multilaw, ELA and LAW. The firm was founded in 1985 by Shin Ushijima and currently numbers 66 attorneys.
The firm represents clients across a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, trading companies, manufacturers, system integration vendors, IT service providers, construction companies, real estate companies, broadcasters, telecommunications, entertainment, distributors, professional associations and public or quasi-public agencies. The firm also represents high-net-worth individuals in the areas of family business planning and trusts and estates.
The founding partner is a leading practitioner in general corporate matters, including compliance and corporate governance, and is often interviewed on TV and in the media. The firm has significant experience in M&A, representing corporations in both international and domestic M&A for either acquirers or targets and in the hostile takeover defence area. The firm has long experience representing major domestic insurers and its founding and managing partner is an outside director of a major domestic insurer. The firm has an elite reputation for its deep knowledge and high level of practice in real estate and securitisation. The senior real estate partner is well known as a major pioneer and eminent practitioner in the securitisation of real property with wide knowledge of the relevant laws. The firm has expertise in intellectual property and technology including major disputes involving system development and integration. The firm has expertise in labour matters and has won precedent-setting victories in corporate restructuring for a major well known multinational company, and in injunctive relief to prevent the former president of a major well known multinational company from competing. The firm also has significant victories in soil contamination and construction litigation.
Some of the firm’s attorneys have served as high level prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice and the Public Security Intelligence Agency, as well as in-house general counsel, in international organisations, and as chairmen or advisors of numerous committees relating to REIT and real estate investment, including MLIT and the Ministry of Construction and the Japan Real Estate and Japan Economic Research Institute. Associate attorneys are regularly seconded to government agencies.
All of the firm’s Japanese attorneys are bilingual in Japanese and English, and its clients comprise roughly 50% domestic and 50% international. The firm has native English-speaking, US-admitted attorneys assisting in presentation and communication to clients.
Although a very large part of the firm’s practice is corporate, the firm has a strong reputation as top litigators in litigation and dispute resolution, including acting for major multinational companies with subsidiaries in Japan, and is often sought by clients aware of its reputation by word of mouth as the go-to litigation counsel in Japan.
Areas of practice: The firm is a full-service firm providing strategy, advice, negotiation, transactional work and dispute resolution for multinational and domestic companies under Japanese law (and through its relationships internationally) in the following areas, namely: corporate, including general corporate practice (both domestic and international); compliance/corporate governance; M&A; hostile takeover; labour/employment; tax; real estate; environmental law; financial regulations; finance/securitisation; insurance; restructuring/insolvency and corporate rehabilitation; risk management; antitrust; litigation (including international commercial litigation)/alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration); international transactions; international investment; antitrust; intellectual property (including patent, trade mark and copyright); entertainment; internet, media and technology; customs/trade; contracts; Asia practice; and international inheritance/international divorce.
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 66
MembershipsMultilaw Employment Law Alliance Lawyers' Associated Worldwide (LAW)
OtherContacts : Shin Ushijima (founding partner)
Urban Renaissance Agency/Muza Kawasaki Litigation
Successfully represented the lead defendant, Urban Renaissance Agency, in a case brought by a local government as the owner of a world-renowned symphony hall (Muza Kawasaki) for JPY 2 billion in damages against our client as the seller of the hall and seven of its designers and contractors when the ceiling of the symphony hall collapsed during the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The case involved highly technical construction defect claims for special construction of the elaborate 2,000 seat hall. On May 31, 2018, the Yokohama District Court rendered judgment entirely in favor of our client and the other defendants, and this victory was affirmed by the appeals court on November 7, 2019.