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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

Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

The corporate practice at Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho is jointly spearheaded by managing partner Ken Kurosu and Asia Pacific chair of the global corporate team Stephen Chelberg. In one recent highlight, Kurosu acted for a leading Japanese trading house on its 49% investment in a Brazilian insurance provider. Other notable names in the team include Steven Doi, Jun Mamiya, and Rika Beppu. The group oversaw the acquisition of a specialty material manufacturer subsidiary by a Japan-based company, and also advised a biopharmaceutical company on the establishment of a joint venture with a contract development and manufacturing service provider and a US-based investment company. Mörk Murdock has joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Leading individuals

Ken Kurosu (Gaiben) - Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

Rika Beppu (Gaiben) - Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

Next Generation Partners

Mörk Murdock (Gaiben) - Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

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Japan: Dispute resolution

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

Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho's senior counsel Haig Oghigian is representing a technology company in a JCAA case pertaining to the manufacturing of software and which highlights the clashes between Japanese and US intellectual property laws. Senior associate David Yaegashi recently teamed up with Oghigian to counsel a trading house on an arbitration against a Swiss company in the context of a joint venture agricultural firm in South America, and to assist a US-based software business in a dispute over an OEM agreement with a Chinese phone manufacturer.

Leading individuals

Haig Oghigian (Gaiben) - Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

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Japan: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures
Intellectual property – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 4

Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

With experience acting as lead counsel in trade mark and patent infringement proceedings, as well as registering more than 100 marks in Japan for both global and Japanese companies, Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho provides advice on the full spectrum of IP issues. The team has particular expertise in licensing and technology transfers, infringement litigation and increasingly the emerging areas of cybersecurity, information privacy and data protection. The practice, led by Shigeru Miki, provides advice on a broad range of licensing matters, and also recently assisted Kashiwabara with a trade mark registration involving consultation and prosecution elements.

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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).