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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 3

Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

Clients describe Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise's antitrust experts as 'really and truly great'. A multi-jurisdictional team secured the shut down of two foreign agencies' 'autoparts cartel' investigations into Sumitomo. In another highlight, Toshiba and several of its subsidiaries appointed the practice to represent them in a host of antitrust litigation proceedings alleging a global price-fixing scheme on optical disk drives. Nozomi Oda was promoted to the partnership and the firm welcomed associate Takaki Sato to its bengoshi ranks. Former practice head Daiske Yoshida joined Morrison & Foerster LLP in January 2019.

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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

Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise's finance team has expertise in the energy sector, where Joseph Bevash and the client-recommended Michael Yoshii are instructed in high-value, high-profile cross-border project financing transactions. The pair recently acted for JBIC and commercial bank lenders in the $3.35bn financing for the development of the Tanjung Bati coal-fired power project in Indonesia. Meralco also appointed a team, including counsel Richard Fleming, as sponsor to oversee the project financing for the development of a coal-fired power project in the Philippines.

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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

Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

Michael Yoshii heads the corporate team at Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise which acts for buyers, sellers, investors and financial institutions across the full gamut of matters. In recent highlights, Nozomi Oda was recently promoted to partner and represented an asset management company in its outright acquisition of two online travel agencies and a majority stake in a third. Yoshii teamed up with his Hong Kong and Singapore counterparts to advise San Miguel and its subsidiary SMC Global Power in the latter's acquisition of a Singapore-based power generation company from the EGCO group. Meanwhile, Hiroki Kobayashi is assisting JPMorgan, Sumitomo and MUFG as lead arrangers with the acquisition financing arrangements relating to Takeda's acquisition of share capital of Shire.

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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 1

Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

The Asian Development Bank, JBIC, Marubeni and SMBC regularly instruct Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise's project finance and development team, led by Joseph Bevash. Michael Yoshii was part of the team which assisted the lenders with a $3.35bn financing of a coal-fired power project expansion in Indonesia, while counsel Richard Fleming advised Meralco Powergen as sponsor in the financing of a 1,200MW coal-fired power project in the Philippines. Also notable is Hiroki Kobayashi, who represented JERA's acquisition of a 50% interest in Linden Cogen, the owner and operator of a natural gas-fired thermal power plant in the US. On the infrastructure side, associate Tom Wilson acted for JBIC in the $2.73bn financing for the Nacala Railway Corridor project between Mozambique and Malawi.

Leading individuals

Joseph Bevash (Gaiben) - Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

Michael Yoshii (Gaiben) - Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise

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Legal Developments in Japan

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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).