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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 2

DLA Piper

Clients appreciate the 'knowledge and speedy judgement' in DLA Piper's corporate practice; the 'excellent and professional' lawyers consistently 'make things simpler' through their 'prompt and clear responses'. The 'highly reliable' Masahiko Ishida spearheads the practice and advised Ping An on its investment in medicine manufacturer Tsumura. He also assisted Avex Ventures with its investment in startup VR company Cluster, and acted for Asahi Shuzo in its first investment in the US. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of new energy head Dan Matsuda and corporate finance specialist Kaoru Umino from Jones Day. Office managing partner Lance Miller is also a key contact alongside client-recommended associate Shotaro Maruyama.

Leading individuals

Masahiko Ishida (Bengoshi) - DLA Piper

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Japan: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – International firms and joint ventures
Labour and employment – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper assists domestic and foreign clients; it recently advised Cisco on all its Japanese employment work and is employment counsel for Princess Cruise Lines. Other clients include Audemars Piguet Holding and SDL. Practice head Lawrence Carter regularly advises on contentious and non-contentious cross-border matters and also handles harassment work and investigations. Senior associate Keiji Nasuda and associate Koji Ohtani are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Keiji Nasuda (Bengoshi) - DLA Piper

Koji Ohtani (Bengoshi) - DLA Piper

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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

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper the real estate lawyers 'are professional, hold a deep knowledge of the field and are fast in analysis situations' and 'the service is always excellent'. Hilton, Hyatt and Luxury Hotels recently benefited from Japan managing partner Lance Miller and real estate practice head Mitsuharu Kataoka's advice on the management of their hotels and franchise agreements in Japan. In other highlights, the group acted for Legoland in issues arising from construction agreements, equipment purchase and installation agreements, and ride contracts for its theme park in Nagoya. The team also collaborated with the tax, dispute resolution, employment and corporate departments on the formation of joint ventures, landlord disputes, and financing matters.

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Japan: Tax

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides advice to high-profile clients including Avex Group Holdings, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and The Gemological Institute of America. Specialising in complex matters, the team works closely with the international tax group regularly advising on international and domestic tax restructuring issues and supply chain remodelling as well as disputes relating to customs duties and consumption tax for multinational clients. Daniel Chan and Makiko Kawamura jointly lead the practice; Kawamura focuses on international tax issues including tax structuring, advisory work, customs duties, complex consumption tax matters and tax disputes with the National Tax Agency.

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Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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
  • NEW WHITE COLLAR CRIME BILL

    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).