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City-Yuwa Partners > The Legal 500 RankingsCity-Yuwa Partners practice primarily focuses on merger, unilateral conduct, alleged violation cases under the Subcontract Act, and alleged violation cases under the Act against unjustifiable premiums and misleading representations. In addition, the firm handles leniency applications and violation declarations by clients, as well as negotiations with the JFTC or the Consumer Affairs Agency to reach a settlement/final decision without unexpected remedies, or surcharges. Teruhisa Ishii and Yoshihiro Sakano co-lead the team and both have significant experience with the JFTC; Sakano acts as defence counsel in investigation cases, and Ishii also has a background within the merger division of the JFTC.
‘City-Yuwa Partners provide appropriate and flexible legal advices in order to understand laws from every legal aspect. Their unique and valuable legal services have significantly contributed to our bank’s effective consideration and judgement of every financing transaction from the viewpoints both of our credit control, banking/financing business promotion and our banking operation.’
‘City-Yuwa Partners is significantly and remarkably superior in terms of understanding our banking and financing business policy and background originated outside of Japan. Such unique and valuable legal services based on their team’s global sensitivity has remarkably contributed to expanding our financing business as foreign bank into Japan.’
‘City-Yuwa Partners have continuously encourage their team to study in overseas law schools and/or engage in overseas law firms, domestic government office, commercial / investment banks and etc., their team can certainly expand and deepen the areas of financing business in which the team is able to provide effective legal services.’
‘The stand-out City-Yuwa Partner, Mr. Sakamoto’s strong, efficient and gentle leadership has significantly contributed to improving capability, experience and knowledge of his City-Yuwa Partners’ and associates’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The international arbitration team is headed by Yoko Maeda, who is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They are a small but excellent team that understands the client’s needs and develops strategies to achieve them.’
‘Yoko Maeda is outstanding. Originally US trained, she is truly bicultural. She is smart and provides excellent legal analysis. She is also a very persuasive advocate in front of a tribunal.’
‘A full-service firm with reasonable and flexible fee arrangement. While it is not a first tire firm, it has a professional dispute resolution team capable for both domestic and cross-border disputes.’
‘Yoko Maeda is highly skilled and have deep sense of commercial. She is deeply involved in the cases and understood her clients.’
‘The City-Yuwa team are great to work with. They very much appear to work together seamlessly with the single intention of progressing your case with minimal fuss and great attention to detail. They really are a first class outfit.’
‘I have personally been working with Yoko Maeda over the course of the last few years. I have found her to be extremely easy to work with. Not only is she personable and smart but she will work late and hard and at short notice to deliver a first class work product. She is first class in terms of her responsiveness, attention to detail and willingness to work hard to achieve the desired results and outcomes.’
Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd.
Cardinal Japan K.K.
Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd
Cook Medical Inc.
Contrack Watts Inc.
Energy Products Co., Ltd.
GS Yuasa International Ltd.
Japan Tobacco Inc.
Maetel (Maessa Telecomunicaciones Ingenieria Instalaciones y Servicios S.A.)
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
SBI Securities Co., Ltd.
SEKIWA Real Estate, Ltd. Sekisui House Real Estate Tokyo,Ltd.
Sojitz Aerospace Corporation
Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., Ltd
Taiheiyo Cement Corporation
Takizawa Ham Inc.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)
- Advised Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in a claim for damages from an electric power company in courts throughout Japan by residents who were forced to evacuate from their places of residence due to the Fukushima nuclear power station accident that occurred on March 11, 2011.
- Representing SBI Securities Co., Ltd. (SBI) in a case filed by over 200 shareholders of FOI, a company which committed financial window-dressing and misstatements and went bankrupt.
- Advised FTI Consulting in a dispute over alleged fraud over JPY20billion in relation to investment by J Trust Asia Pte, Ltd to Global Lease PCL which is a subsidiary of Showa Holdings.
‘The team and particular attorney that I work with for our mutual clients are mostly international family between Japan and the US’.
‘The attorney has experience handling cross border estate planning capabilities. In addition, I thought it was great and efficient the team can take credit card payments and their upfront conflict of interest check was very quick and efficient’.
‘Mr. Sakamoto provided our bank with their superior capabilities and above uniqueness. They have significantly contributed to effectively supporting and managing our bank’s project financing transactions from every legal aspect, which have been especially for (i) renewable energy sectors such as solar power and biomass power, for (ii) Japan Operating Lease transactions and for (iii) large-scaled property investments of commercial buildings, hotels and etc.’
‘Accurate, proper and sufficient knowledge and experience not only over every letter of law, its article, past judicial precedent but also over every standard, regulations, systems especially of renewable energy sectors such as solar power and biomass power as well as Japan Operating lease. They have largely and effectively contributed to supporting our bank’s various project financing in this sectors.’
‘Put high priority on the clients’ satisfaction: They have provided appropriate and flexible legal advices in accordance with our bank’s consideration and decision from the credit and commercial aspects.’
‘Effective and timely collaboration between Mr. Sakamoto and the other partners and/or associates belonging to City-Yuwa Partners has enhanced their overall capability.’
‘Complementing to the strong supports from City-Yuwa partners with such capability, our bank’s great presence in a financial market in Japan has largely improved.’
‘Strong and efficient as well as gentle leadership: The stand-out City-Yuwa Partners, Mr. Sakamoto’s strong, efficient and gentle leadership has significantly contributed to improving capability, experience and knowledge of his / City-Yuwa Partners’ associates.’
‘Every stand-out partner and associate establish, build-up a well-organized team through the effective communication and thus, the maximized strong team generates their best performance to provide our bank with the desirable and required legal services.’
‘Very responsive, able to understand complex issues and translate them across the cultural context, e.g. structuring cross-border transactions while tailoring them for our Japanese counterparties.’
‘Sakamoto Masamichi has deep understanding across a broad range of legal matters.’
‘Ikebe Kenta is very good at distilling complex legal points into accessible concepts.’
The shipping team at City-Yuwa Partners advises shipping operators on corporate, transactional, and dispute matters related to maritime business. New head of the practice Reiko Yoshida joined the from Astumi & Sakai, bringing with her, expertise in complicated non-recourse based overseas vessel financing transactions.
‘Reiko Yoshida – in addition to her excellent English language communication skills, she has a strong understanding of English law finance and security documentation, concepts and market practice, particularly in relation to ship finance, and she is focused on high quality and responsive service.‘
City-Yuwa Partners > Firm Profile
The firm: City-Yuwa Partners was formed on 1 February 2003, upon the merger of Yuwa Partners and the law department of Tokyo City Law & Tax Partners, resulting in one of Japan’s leading law firms. With the merger of one of Japan’s top patent litigation firms in September 2005, and following the addition of new partners with various legal backgrounds, City-Yuwa has grown into one of Japan’s preeminent law firms capable of providing a full range of diversified legal services. The firm has grown in size from 49 in 2003 to 153 in 2017.
Areas of practice: City-Yuwa Partners routinely counsels its clients in areas ranging from general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, and financial transactions, including asset securitisation and the formation and ongoing operations of investment funds, to intellectual property, civil and commercial litigation, and bankruptcy. Lawyers at the firm are knowledgeable in a wide range of legal areas, with particular expertise in corporate law, international banking and finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, investments, real estate, intellectual property, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, insolvency, environment, new energy, economic crime and virtually all aspects of international and domestic business transactions. The firm has built an experienced team of professionals with diverse backgrounds, including former judges, public prosecutors, high-ranking governmental officials and in-house counsels for various business corporations, in addition to lawyers with additional qualifications such as license in other jurisdictions and license as patent lawyer, CPA and maritime counsellor.
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 153
LanguagesEnglish German Japanese Korean
MembershipsWorld Law Group
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