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Japan: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – International firms and joint ventures
Antitrust and competition – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Hiromitsu Miyakawa is the senior name to note in Jones Day's antitrust practice and recently assisted a number of clients such as Linear Technology and Terumo with the competition aspects of their corporate cross-border transactions. In other highlights, the group is currently representing a manufacturer against foreign antitrust regulators as part of the landmark 'autoparts cartel' investigation, and is also acting for a chemicals and performance materials company in an investigation launched by the JFTC. Former practice head Shinya Watanabe retired from the partnership.

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Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures
Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

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Jones Day recently advised JBIC, MUFG and SMBC as lenders of a $500m syndicated credit facility to Chilean mining company Minera Escondita. The team is spearheaded by of counsel Hirokazu Ina who also handled an inter-branch loan transaction on behalf of Banco do Brasil, and acted for IBJ Leasing as guarantor of the loan extended by AO Mizuho to OAO Terneyles.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures
Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

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The corporate team at Jones Day is particularly strong in the life sciences sector and has substantial experience in dealing with private equity players and trading houses. Supported by of counsels Makiko Ushijima and Benjamin Lang, Gregory Salathé – who joined the group from the Singapore office – led the advice to MassMutual on the sale of its 85% stake in its Japanese life insurance subsidiary to Nippon Life Insurance. In other highlights, Yuichiro Mori advised PAG on its investment in KSS to finance the acquisition of Takata's global assets out of bankruptcy in the US and Japan, while Stephen Decosse represented Calgon Carbon in its $1.3bn all-cash acquisition by Kuraray. Mitsui Chemical, Sumitomo Chemical and Terumo are also key clients. Dan Matsuda departed the firm for DLA Piper.

Leading individuals

Gregory Salathé (Gaiben) - Jones Day

Stephen DeCosse (Gaiben) - Jones Day

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures
Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 4

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Jones Day 's dispute resolution team caters to a broad client roster which includes household names in the pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and IT sectors. Maxwell Fox has a strong track record intervening in the intellectual property litigation space, while practice head Takashi Tanazawa has experience in product liability cases, contractual disputes and employment litigation. For contentious tax issues, clients can rely on Koichi Inoue.

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Japan: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures
Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

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Jones Day's clients benefit from the firm's global IP practice, which is experienced in litigation, prosecution, licensing transfers, and IP counselling. Practice head Michiru Takahashi recently assisted Merz Pharma with a licence and co-development agreement with Teijin, and leads a strong team, which includes US-qualified partners Maxwell Fox and Shogo Asaji, who focus on IP litigation, post-grant proceedings, adversarial licensing, patent analysis and IP counselling in the US and Japan. Noted for its domestic and international IP capabilities, the group represents clients including Mitsubishi Cable Industries, Dell and Canon in complex IP disputes and counselling matters.

Leading individuals

Maxwell Fox (Gaiben) - Jones Day

Michiru Takahashi (Bengoshi) - Jones Day

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

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Jones Day's projects and energy offering has a strong track record in the domestic renewable energy market, especially in the solar sector where Katsumi Shirai 's team is regularly instructed by international investors and developers to advise on projects in Japan. Of counsel Hirokazu Ina is currently advising Gunkul on a proposed investment in a 66.78MW solar project in Utsunomiya, while Shirai and of counsel Makiko Ushijima are assisting Fujisaki with the development of a bamboo biomass project and the related financing transactions. Other key clients include Ambit Energy, Bangkok Solar Power and Idemitsu Kosan.

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures
Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

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Jones Day has strong experience in securitisation, corporate real estate and outbound investment matters. The partner to note is Katsumi Shirai, who has a particular focus on downstream real estate and renewable energy project acquisition transactions. Shirai recently acted for Fujisaki Electric in the development of a bamboo biomass project and assisted PAG with its acquisition of companies with real estate assets and trust beneficiary interests in central Tokyo. Associate Yuki Yoshida supported Shirai in his work for an investment manager pertaining to its acquisition of condominiums pursued under a double TMK structure, and the development of hotel resorts. Also notable are of counsels Masatomo Suzuki and Hirokazu Ina.

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Japan: Tax

Tax – International firms and joint ventures
Tax – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

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The full-service practice at Jones Day fields experienced tax lawyers who act for international and domestic clients. The team works closely with the other departments as well as the firm's international offices, particularly in the US, to provide expertise in cross-border transactions with a strong emphasis on outbound transactions and the restructuring of cross-border operations. Practice head Koichi Inoue advises a range of clients on the tax aspects of transactions and restructuring work, as well as representing taxpayers in complex administrative proceedings and high-stakes tax litigation. In a recent highlight, the team assisted MassMutual with the tax aspects of its sale of a stake in its Japanese life insurance subsidiary to Nippon Life for JPY104bn.

Leading individuals

Koichi Inoue (Bengoshi) - Jones Day

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  • US rules regarding offshore accounts

    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure

    The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be “…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”
  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).