Japan



asialaw Analysis

Banking and finance
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Advised SMBC, MUFG Bank and Mizuho Bank, the mandated lead arrangers of senior facility, on KKR’s acquisition of the majority shares in Seiyu.

Advised Mizuho Bank on the senior facility for the acquisition of the majority shares in Q’SAI led by the consortium of Advantage Partners, Euglena and Tokyo Century Corporation.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, EPS Holdings, MCP Partners

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Assisted JBA and JSLA in respect to their post-LIBOR issues, including various regulatory issues and the creation of a set of universal guidelines for the Japanese financial markets and the participants in these markets.

Acted as the counsel to Invesco on financing of the tender offer for the investment units of Invesco office J-REIT.

Acted as the lead legal counsel to Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities (MUMSS) in respect to the financing for Spiber, a biotech venture company, through a value securitisation scheme.

Key clients

Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Securities, iSigma Capital Corporation

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights 

Advised Rakuten and KKR on the LBO financing for the acquisition of Seiyu from Walmart.

Advising ENEOS Holdings on the going-private transaction of its listed subsidiary, Nippo Corporation.

ProvidedAdvantage Partners and Tokyo Century Corporation with legal advice on the financing for the acquisition of shares in Energywith, which in turn was acquiring the energy storage devices and systems business of Showa Denko Materials.

Key clients

Mizuho Bank, Nomura Babcock & Brown

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki

“Intelligent.”

“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”


Work highlights 

Advised Japan Finance Corporation on the implementation of cross-border loans to Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Capital markets
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Advised West Japan Railway Company on its first-ever global offering of shares of common stock in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advised a group of underwriters including Mizuho Securities, Nomura Securities, and Daiwa Securities on the global offering of Hulic, a Japanese real estate company.

Acted as legal counsel for Morgan Stanley and Nomura Securities on Japanese technology start-up Visional’s IPO. This is the largest IPO by a Japanese start-up on the Tokyo Stock Exchanges in 2021.

Key clients

ANA Holdings, Demae-can, Kenedix Residential Next Investment Corporation, Simplex Holdings

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Advised Japan Post Holdings Co and Ministry of Finance, Japan on its global offering of shares.

Advised SUMCO Corporation on its $9.1 billion global offering of shares.

Key clients

Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Morgan Stanley Securities, Nippon Paint Holdings, Nomura Research Institute, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights 

Advised Nomura Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities and SMBC Nikko Securities on the follow-on offering by West Japan Railway Company.

Advised PHC Holdings Corporation and KKR on PHCHD’s global IPO and listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Key clients

BofA Securities Japan Securities Company, Japan Finance Corporation, Mizuho Securities, Morgan Stanley Securities,Net Protections Holdings, Nippon Steel Corporation, Orient Corporation

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki

“Intelligent.”

“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”


Work highlights 

Advised SMBC Nikko Securities on its issuance and public offering of Samurai bonds of Maybank.

Advised República Oriental del Uruguay on the public offering of Samurai Bonds.

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Securities Asia, Tokyo Branch, European Investment Bank, Tokai Tokyo Securities, Universal Entertainment Corporation

Competition/antitrust
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Advising Wilson Sporting Goods on antitrust matters in relation to Japan Fair Trade Commission’s novel commitment proceedings.

Acted as Japanese counsel for Salesforce on its acquisition of Slack.

Key clients

Bunka Shutter, Delivery Hero, Suzuken, Tomoku

Miura & Partners

Miura & Partners offers a one-stop legal solution to clients. Founded in 2019, the firm practices in sectors including corporate and M&A, finance, competition law and intellectual property. With the philosophy of ‘providing comprehensive legal advice and assisting clients in achieving their business goals’, the firm keeps its presence both domestically and internationally. Masayuki Atsumi, Tomotake Matsuda, and Kazuo Itazaki are the key figures.

Client feedback 

“Legal advice based on in-depth understanding of industry and technology.” – Competition and antitrust

“They provided professional advice and services.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm is fast in response and always tries to understand our needs.” – Corporate and M&A

“In our investment project, we received valuable advice not only from a legal perspective, but also from tax, finance and business perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A

"Rapid and reliable services.” – Labour and employment

Masayuki Atsumi

“Advice based on in depth understanding of industry and technology. Prompt response and flexibility.”

“He has the strong ability to comprehend the details of our business plans and what our business team would like to achieve via each project and utilise such information correctly. His advice is always very reasonable and based on the strong industry knowledge.”

Satoshi Ikemura

“Has in-depth knowledge of copyright law.”

Ryoichi Inoue

“He, though a Japanese lawyer, is fluent in foreign languages and has mastered five foreign languages (English, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish). He is a logical thinker and reads local laws and regulations on his own, which makes him very dependable in pointing out errors by local experts.”

Yoshie Midorikawa

“She is able to utilise English and communicate with global function in our company. By utilising networking in Miura & Partners, she can cover a wide range of enquiry.”

Haruka Murata

“Her contribution to the project and our client was great. She did great work for us to negotiate with counterpart.”

“She leaded our cross-border acquisition. She set up an international legal team and managed the project. It is okay to communicate with her, so we were able to go through with the deal quickly.”

“She is quick in response and always tries to understand our needs.”

Tsuyoshi Omura

“Solution oriented.”


Work highlights

Represented Toyota Motor Corporation on antitrust law compliance matters arising from the establishment of a joint venture.

Advising Recruit on a regular basis on Japanese antitrust law compliance.

Key clients

Benefit One Corporation, Japan Post Holdings

Construction
Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is a leading full-service law firm offering a range of counsel services pertaining to most financial and corporate law matters. The firm has an excellent reputation for assisting start-ups and financial institutions on fintech-related matters. It offers additional strength in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactions. Go Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts.

Client feedback 

“The ability to provide accurate advice based on their extensive knowledge and experience in antitrust law.” – Competition and antitrust

“Willingness and flexibility to accommodate client's needs while meeting the requirements by the authorities and other stakeholders.” – Competition and antitrust

“Charge reasonable and punctual.” – Competition and antitrust

“Well handling of claim by third party regarding compensation.” – Competition and antitrust

“Atsumi & Sakai’s positive attributes are accurate and speedy advice and actions.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have professional attitude. They always listen to our concerns and try to understand our product and industry. They respond quickly to our concerns and do not waste time on unnecessary work.”– Corporate and M&A

“Their expertise in the life science area was very helpful. Their strong negotiation skills also helped us to have a successful deal.” – Regulatory

Saori Hanada

“Diligent and excellent expertise.”

“Professional expertise.”

“She's very client oriented. She has strong communication skills and legal analytical skills.”

“Highly specialised, focusing on expert advice.”

Mayumi Hongo

“Since she has extensive work experience in corporate legal affairs, we can receive accurate advice from the standpoint and perspective of a company.”

“She has working experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and legal department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Through such working experience, she has tremendous knowledge and experience regarding the legal matters of overseas. She always understands company and legal department as a client and pays attention to our needs and concerns to work efficiently. Her attitude to client is so professional and friendly. Small talk with her is always enjoyable and very helpful for icebreaking.”

Yusuke Miura

“He responses quickly with specialised knowledge.”

“I think he has a very good knowledge of corporate legal affairs and compliance.”

Tatsuo Yamashima

“He has expertise and knowledge of antitrust law.”

“He tightly supports clients and has a good character to attract them.”

“He has expertise and knowledge of antitrust law.”


Work highlights 

Advised Mitsubishi Research Institute and Nagoya City on a PFI project to design, build and operate meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions (MICE) in Nagoya.

Advising Mitsubishi UFJ Research Institute (MRI), Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City on the development of the 20th Asian Games, Aichi-Nagoya 2026 PPP project.

Key clients

Photovolt Development Partners

Corporate and M&A
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Advising Bain Capital on its acquisition of common shares in Hitachi Metals.

Acted as legal counsel for Fortress Investment Group on its acquisition of shares in one of the largest golf course management companies in Japan.

Key clients

Fujifilm Corporation, Hisense Group, SMBC Capital Partners, Walmart

Hibiya-Nakata

Corporate and M&A boutique Hibiya-Nakata focuses on Japanese outbound and inbound M&A. It is regularly retained by major banks and leading corporations in Japan for high-profile outbound deals. In spite of being a smaller sized firm, Hibiya-Nakata prides itself on the quality of work provided, especially in cross border M&A work. Key figures include Nobuo Nakata and Tatsuya Soeda.


Work highlights 

Advised Naigai Technos on its acquisition of 100% share in Tsukushi corporation.

Advised Sojitz Corporation on acquiring a stake in Green Earth Institute through a third-party allotment of shares.

Advised Sika on its buyout of the Hamatite business operated by Yokohama Rubber and Yokohama Group companies.

Miura & Partners

Miura & Partners offers a one-stop legal solution to clients. Founded in 2019, the firm practices in sectors including corporate and M&A, finance, competition law and intellectual property. With the philosophy of ‘providing comprehensive legal advice and assisting clients in achieving their business goals’, the firm keeps its presence both domestically and internationally. Masayuki Atsumi, Tomotake Matsuda, and Kazuo Itazaki are the key figures.

Client feedback 

“Legal advice based on in-depth understanding of industry and technology.” – Competition and antitrust

“They provided professional advice and services.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm is fast in response and always tries to understand our needs.” – Corporate and M&A

“In our investment project, we received valuable advice not only from a legal perspective, but also from tax, finance and business perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A

"Rapid and reliable services.” – Labour and employment

Masayuki Atsumi

“Advice based on in depth understanding of industry and technology. Prompt response and flexibility.”

“He has the strong ability to comprehend the details of our business plans and what our business team would like to achieve via each project and utilise such information correctly. His advice is always very reasonable and based on the strong industry knowledge.”

Satoshi Ikemura

“Has in-depth knowledge of copyright law.”

Ryoichi Inoue

“He, though a Japanese lawyer, is fluent in foreign languages and has mastered five foreign languages (English, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish). He is a logical thinker and reads local laws and regulations on his own, which makes him very dependable in pointing out errors by local experts.”

Yoshie Midorikawa

“She is able to utilise English and communicate with global function in our company. By utilising networking in Miura & Partners, she can cover a wide range of enquiry.”

Haruka Murata

“Her contribution to the project and our client was great. She did great work for us to negotiate with counterpart.”

“She leaded our cross-border acquisition. She set up an international legal team and managed the project. It is okay to communicate with her, so we were able to go through with the deal quickly.”

“She is quick in response and always tries to understand our needs.”

Tsuyoshi Omura

“Solution oriented.”


Work highlights

Advised SNK Corporation on its acquisition by Electronic Gaming Development Company through tender offers and a squeeze-out.

Advised Pola Orbis Holdings on its acquisition of Tricot.

Key clients

Albert, Benefit One, National Federation of Tobacco Sales Cooperatives, Pola Orbis Holdings, RoomClip, Toyota Motor Corporation, Yugenkaisha Kanda Consulting

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Acted as legal counsel for NIPPO Corporation, a Tokyo Stock Exchange listed company, in respect to its acquisition through a tender offer by a consortium formed by Goldman Sachs and ENEOS.

Advised Johnson & Johnson on its divestment and sale of shares in Sedona Enterprise.

Key clients

Google, Integral Corporation, KKR, VisasQ, Yahoo Japan Corporation

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights 

Advised Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on the sale of 100% shares in MUFG Union Bank to US Bancorp, the largest regional bank in the country.

Advising Hitachi Metals on an M&A transaction that includes a tender offer for Hitachi Metals’ shares held by public shareholders.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs, H2O Retailing Corporation, Invesco Office J-REIT, Itochu Corporation, SBI Holdings, Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Toshiba Corporation

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is a law firm with over 150 attorneys that is capable of handling a variety of legal matters. The firm’s strengths lie in their corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, and intellectual property practices. Key contacts include Norihiro Sekiguchi, Seigo Takehira and Takuro Yamaguchi.


Work highlights 

Advised Rengo on its acquisition of the entire shareholdings of Takigawa Corporation Japan and its affiliated companies.

Key clients

Japan Growth Investments Alliance, Narumiya International, Sawai Group Holdings, Shin-Etsu Polymer

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki

“Intelligent.”

“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”


Work highlights 

Advised CVC Asia Pacific on the acquisition of Japanese tutoring service company Trygroup.

Advised Toppan Forms on its acquisition by Toppan.

Key clients

GMO Financial Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, Sakai Ovex, SDS Biotech, Showa Denko

Tokyo International Law Office

Corporate specialist firm Tokyo International Law Office focuses on international and cross-border transactions. The firm has a solid record facilitating outbound M&A deals by Japanese corporations, joint venture projects with foreign partners as well as inbound transactions including buyouts, tender offers, carve-outs and mergers. It has a wealth of experience in the automobile, chemicals, manufacturing, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare and financial services industries. The firm also has close cooperation with more than 150 affiliated foreign local firms in a multitude of jurisdictions. Mikiharu Mori and Koki Yamada are co-managing partners.


Work highlights 

Advised Veoria on the acquisition of France-based water business giant Suez.

Key clients

Hayate Investment, LIXIL Corporation, ROOKIE Racing, Sumisho Global Logistics

Dispute resolution
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Acted as legal counsel for Suruga Bank in a mass mediation case filed by approximately 290 debtors with the Tokyo District Court.

Key clients

Shimizu Corporation, The Pokemon Company, UBS

Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is a leading full-service law firm offering a range of counsel services pertaining to most financial and corporate law matters. The firm has an excellent reputation for assisting start-ups and financial institutions on fintech-related matters. It offers additional strength in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactions. Go Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts.

Client feedback 

“The ability to provide accurate advice based on their extensive knowledge and experience in antitrust law.” – Competition and antitrust

“Willingness and flexibility to accommodate client's needs while meeting the requirements by the authorities and other stakeholders.” – Competition and antitrust

“Charge reasonable and punctual.” – Competition and antitrust

“Well handling of claim by third party regarding compensation.” – Competition and antitrust

“Atsumi & Sakai’s positive attributes are accurate and speedy advice and actions.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have professional attitude. They always listen to our concerns and try to understand our product and industry. They respond quickly to our concerns and do not waste time on unnecessary work.”– Corporate and M&A

“Their expertise in the life science area was very helpful. Their strong negotiation skills also helped us to have a successful deal.” – Regulatory

Saori Hanada

“Diligent and excellent expertise.”

“Professional expertise.”

“She's very client oriented. She has strong communication skills and legal analytical skills.”

“Highly specialised, focusing on expert advice.”

Mayumi Hongo

“Since she has extensive work experience in corporate legal affairs, we can receive accurate advice from the standpoint and perspective of a company.”

“She has working experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and legal department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Through such working experience, she has tremendous knowledge and experience regarding the legal matters of overseas. She always understands company and legal department as a client and pays attention to our needs and concerns to work efficiently. Her attitude to client is so professional and friendly. Small talk with her is always enjoyable and very helpful for icebreaking.”

Yusuke Miura

“He responses quickly with specialised knowledge.”

“I think he has a very good knowledge of corporate legal affairs and compliance.”

Tatsuo Yamashima

“He has expertise and knowledge of antitrust law.”

“He tightly supports clients and has a good character to attract them.”

“He has expertise and knowledge of antitrust law.”


Work highlights 

Represented global institutional investors as plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming compensation for damages due to misstatements in the annual reports by Toshiba Corporation.

City-Yuwa Partners

City-Yuwa Partners is noted for its expertise in a wide range of practice areas, including banking and finance, M&A, as well as dispute resolution and employment. With many of the lawyers at City-Yuwa having additional professional qualifications and expertise, such as patent lawyers and certified public accountants, the firm is highly capable in solving any legal issues. Tomohiro Tanamura and Nobuyuki Sakuraba are some key contacts.

Client feedback 

“City-Yuwa Partners provides effective and advanced legal services with appropriateness and flexibility. The firm also has international perception and sufficient experience for cross-border transaction with exceptional services based on highly skilled self-development in the firm. The firm provides advanced communication skills with any parties including our bank’s customers with provision of distinctly convenience and detailed legal services.” – Banking and finance

Masamichi Sakamoto

“Sakamoto's involvement is mainly related to our bank’s financing transactions, from which we have been significantly impressed by him from the following perspectives. He provides appropriate decision making on the direction of legal services for our bank with accurate legal knowledge and insight. With Sakamoto’s extensive legal support experience, he is able to effectively support clients with innovative, advanced, and flexible legal support. Even with the difficulties to converge on existing structures and contractual clauses to be in line with our bank’s requirements together with transactions’ requirements, he has been able to convey them into the loan and/or financial documents.”

“Not only supporting his clients, but he has also extensively contributed to his organisation through excellent leadership and teamwork by effectively coordinating and collaborating internally among his office by providing gentle and effective guidance directly to associate lawyers in the firm. Sakamoto has a wide network of connections in both Japan and overseas which he has been able to introduce appropriate collaboration offices and/or lawyers appropriately in according to the situation case-by-case basis. He has a rigorous and quite punctual time-management ability that promptly responds to our bank’s requirements even in a limited timeline and completes the tasks to be in time for the required schedule before the financial closing regardless of any obstacles and problems with him.”


Work highlights 

Advised FTI Consulting on a multi-jurisdiction dispute over financial fraud.

Represented KT Japan in litigation against a Japanese retail group to enforce its obligations.

Key clients

Contrack Watts, SBI Securities, Tokyo Electric Power

 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Represented Japan Post, one of Japan’s largest employers, in defending claims brought under the Labour Contract Act.

Represented Toshiba in the defence of claims brought by former or current shareholders in tort alleging improper disclosure of financial information in past years.

Key clients

Coincheck, Toshiba Corporation

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights 

Acted as legal counsel for Shionogi in a litigation against Japan’s tax authority regarding an issue arising from an in-kind contribution of a partnership interest for the development of a drug to fight AIDS.

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is a law firm with over 150 attorneys that is capable of handling a variety of legal matters. The firm’s strengths lie in their corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, and intellectual property practices. Key contacts include Norihiro Sekiguchi, Seigo Takehira and Takuro Yamaguchi.


Work highlights

Represented Sompo Japan Insurance in a reinsurance claim litigation. This was the first case where a judgment concerning a reinsurance claim was rendered in Japan.

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki

“Intelligent.”

“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”


Work highlights

Represented Shogoin Yatsuhashi in a litigation regarding the indication of the history of the company.

Energy
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Advised Hokuriku Electric Power Company on legal matters related to the 2400 MW Fujairah F3 gas combined cycle power project, the largest gas fired power project in the UAE.

Acted as legal counsel for Barclays Securities Japan on its project bonds issuance for developing a large-scale mega-solar project.

Key clients

Japan Petroleum Exploration, Japan Renewable Energy Corporation, MUFG Bank, Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Represented ENEOS Corporation as buyer’s counsel in the client’s historic acquisition of Japan Renewable Energy.

Represented one of the country’s biggest onshore-wind developers, CEF, in procuring a bridge loan from SMFL MIRAI Partners Company for the construction of Tsuyama Wind Farm.

Represented Mizuho Bank and financial institutions on the project financing transaction of the 112 MW Woody Biomass Combustion Power Plant.

Key clients

e-rex, Shikoku Electric Power, Takara Asset Management, Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund, TESS Holdings, Tokyo Gas

Insurance
City-Yuwa Partners

City-Yuwa Partners is noted for its expertise in a wide range of practice areas, including banking and finance, M&A, as well as dispute resolution and employment. With many of the lawyers at City-Yuwa having additional professional qualifications and expertise, such as patent lawyers and certified public accountants, the firm is highly capable in solving any legal issues. Tomohiro Tanamura and Nobuyuki Sakuraba are some key contacts.

Client feedback 

“City-Yuwa Partners provides effective and advanced legal services with appropriateness and flexibility. The firm also has international perception and sufficient experience for cross-border transaction with exceptional services based on highly skilled self-development in the firm. The firm provides advanced communication skills with any parties including our bank’s customers with provision of distinctly convenience and detailed legal services.” – Banking and finance

Masamichi Sakamoto

“Sakamoto's involvement is mainly related to our bank’s financing transactions, from which we have been significantly impressed by him from the following perspectives. He provides appropriate decision making on the direction of legal services for our bank with accurate legal knowledge and insight. With Sakamoto’s extensive legal support experience, he is able to effectively support clients with innovative, advanced, and flexible legal support. Even with the difficulties to converge on existing structures and contractual clauses to be in line with our bank’s requirements together with transactions’ requirements, he has been able to convey them into the loan and/or financial documents.”

“Not only supporting his clients, but he has also extensively contributed to his organisation through excellent leadership and teamwork by effectively coordinating and collaborating internally among his office by providing gentle and effective guidance directly to associate lawyers in the firm. Sakamoto has a wide network of connections in both Japan and overseas which he has been able to introduce appropriate collaboration offices and/or lawyers appropriately in according to the situation case-by-case basis. He has a rigorous and quite punctual time-management ability that promptly responds to our bank’s requirements even in a limited timeline and completes the tasks to be in time for the required schedule before the financial closing regardless of any obstacles and problems with him.”


Work highlights

Advised Cayman Limited Partnership to accept investment from a Japanese insurance company and to make necessary filings with the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA).

Intellectual property
Abe Ikubo & Katayama

Abe Ikubo & Katayama is a market-leading intellectual property (IP) practice with a proven track record across the full range of IP, especially in IP infringement litigation. The firm offers strong technical knowledge in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biotechnology, electronics and telecommunications. Eiji Katayama and Hiroshi Kobayashi are key contacts.

Client feedback

“Provides good suggestions and demonstrates good communication skills based on their wealth of experiences and knowledge.” – Intellectual property ­

“Great experiences and knowledge especially in the pharmaceuticals field.” – Intellectual property ­

“Lawyers are excellent.” – Intellectual property ­

Mami Hino

“Provides good advice and suggestions based on her experiences.”

“Great knowledge and experiences in IP litigations with a flexible thinking way according to clients’ needs.”


Work highlights 

Represented mobile wallet company LINE Pay on a patent infringement suit filed by MRS Holdings demanding injunction against LINE Pay at Tokyo District Court.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Represented KAKEN in the negotiation of a share purchase agreement to acquire ARTham.

Key clients

Aisin Seiki Co, BluE Nexus Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation

Miura & Partners

Miura & Partners offers a one-stop legal solution to clients. Founded in 2019, the firm practices in sectors including corporate and M&A, finance, competition law and intellectual property. With the philosophy of ‘providing comprehensive legal advice and assisting clients in achieving their business goals’, the firm keeps its presence both domestically and internationally. Masayuki Atsumi, Tomotake Matsuda, and Kazuo Itazaki are the key figures.

Client feedback 

“Legal advice based on in-depth understanding of industry and technology.” – Competition and antitrust

“They provided professional advice and services.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm is fast in response and always tries to understand our needs.” – Corporate and M&A

“In our investment project, we received valuable advice not only from a legal perspective, but also from tax, finance and business perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A

"Rapid and reliable services.” – Labour and employment

Masayuki Atsumi

“Advice based on in depth understanding of industry and technology. Prompt response and flexibility.”

“He has the strong ability to comprehend the details of our business plans and what our business team would like to achieve via each project and utilise such information correctly. His advice is always very reasonable and based on the strong industry knowledge.”

Satoshi Ikemura

“Has in-depth knowledge of copyright law.”

Ryoichi Inoue

“He, though a Japanese lawyer, is fluent in foreign languages and has mastered five foreign languages (English, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish). He is a logical thinker and reads local laws and regulations on his own, which makes him very dependable in pointing out errors by local experts.”

Yoshie Midorikawa

“She is able to utilise English and communicate with global function in our company. By utilising networking in Miura & Partners, she can cover a wide range of enquiry.”

Haruka Murata

“Her contribution to the project and our client was great. She did great work for us to negotiate with counterpart.”

“She leaded our cross-border acquisition. She set up an international legal team and managed the project. It is okay to communicate with her, so we were able to go through with the deal quickly.”

“She is quick in response and always tries to understand our needs.”

Tsuyoshi Omura

“Solution oriented.”


Work highlights

Advised Pasona Knowledge Partner on its registration and establishment of Japan’s first trust company specialising in patents and other industrial IP.

Advised Tokyo Electron on its negotiation of patent licensing agreements with respect to semiconductor production equipment.

Key clients

Future Corporation, Lapras, NewsPicks, Nippon Aqua

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Advised Shiseido on its worldwide trademark prosecutions including filings, office actions, oppositions, trials and licenses.

Nakamura & Partners

Outstanding IP boutique firm Nakamura & Partners is intimately familiar with application procedures for patents, design registrations and trademark registrations, demands for appeals and various other steps and procedures taken before the Japan Patent Office. The firm is particularly renowned for its patent contentious capability as well as IP transactions and unfair competition work. Its industry expertise includes TMT, high-tech electronic, chemical and manufacturing. Kazuhiko Yoshida is a key practitioner.


Work highlights 

Represented Ono Pharmaceutical in a case regarding the transfer of the registration of partial ownership of a patent.

Represented Fujifilm Corporation in a case regarding revocation of trial decision of the Japan Patent Office.

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights 

Defended Amazon Services International in a lawsuit alleging that the client’s failure to distribute the plaintiff’s content constitutes a tort and breach of contract.

Advised Takeda on the sale of its subsidiary, Takeda Consumer Healthcare, to a company under the Blackstone Group and its affiliates for $2.3 billion.

Advised Heartseed, a Japanese biotech start-up, on a global collaboration and licensing agreement with Danish pharma giant Novo Nordisk.

 

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki

“Intelligent.”

“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”


Work highlights 

Advised Airwair International on the application of the trademark registration under the brand ‘Dr. Martens’.

Investment funds
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Acted as legal advisor for Credit Suisse Management on the public offering of the Insight Alpha Fund.

Advised Nomura on the establishment of a joint venture with SPARX Group.

Key clients

Barclays, D Capital, DBJ Asset Management, Japan Industrial Solutions, Perinvest

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Advised Pacific Investment Management Company on its public offering of Bermuda investment fund for wrap accounts.

Advised Citigroup First Investment Management on the public offering of a series of Cayman unit trusts.

Key clients

Alliance Bernstein

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights

Advised AT Partners on the establishment of a venture fund, AT Partners 2 Fund of $170 million.

Advised Nippon Mirai Capital, an independent Japanese investment manager, on the establishment of NMC IV Investment Limited Partnership, NMC’s fourth private equity fund. 

Key clients

Angel Bridge, Aozora Corporate Investment, Enechange, Fiducia, Goldwin, MCP Capital, Nomura Holdings

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses a strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm also has a proven track record advising clients in the banking, consumer goods and services, manufacturing, as well as media and entertainment sectors. TMI Associates’ connections to several major global firms and joint ventures ensures it is able to offer seamless and outstanding legal services both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property practitioner, Mitsuko Miyagawa, and corporate and M&A specialists, Masakazu Iwakura and Tatsuhiro Takahara, are key figures.

Client feedback 

“The firm has a wide range of knowledge. They are quick to respond and have sociable manners.” – Banking and finance

“They provide great-quality service with affordable price and rich experiences in many fields. They build a strong relationship with customers.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is flexible. They provide timely responses and are very professional.” – Real estate

“Excellent advice and execution.” – Real estate

Takenobu Imaeda

“He has sociable manners in any given situation.”

“He has deep knowledge of our industry and products. In addition, he constructed a wide network in TMI and customers.”

Hideki Kurauchi

“Kurauchi worked in the private sector before becoming a lawyer. He fully understands how businesses need to function. He applies this knowledge in working with us.”

Junji Shiraki

“Intelligent.”

“This token convertible bond subscription agreement is new to our company and Shiraki advised us not only on legal drafting but also on how to negotiate.”


Work highlights 

Advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management regarding Japanese stock in its negotiations and conclusions of relevant contracts with international investment managers.

Advised DNX Ventures on the formation of new fund which onboards Japanese and foreign investors.

Key clients

DBJ Asset Management, GPIF, Inclusion Japan, Nissay Asset Management Corporation

Labour and employment
Miura & Partners

Miura & Partners offers a one-stop legal solution to clients. Founded in 2019, the firm practices in sectors including corporate and M&A, finance, competition law and intellectual property. With the philosophy of ‘providing comprehensive legal advice and assisting clients in achieving their business goals’, the firm keeps its presence both domestically and internationally. Masayuki Atsumi, Tomotake Matsuda, and Kazuo Itazaki are the key figures.

Client feedback 

“Legal advice based on in-depth understanding of industry and technology.” – Competition and antitrust

“They provided professional advice and services.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm is fast in response and always tries to understand our needs.” – Corporate and M&A

“In our investment project, we received valuable advice not only from a legal perspective, but also from tax, finance and business perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A

"Rapid and reliable services.” – Labour and employment

Masayuki Atsumi

“Advice based on in depth understanding of industry and technology. Prompt response and flexibility.”

“He has the strong ability to comprehend the details of our business plans and what our business team would like to achieve via each project and utilise such information correctly. His advice is always very reasonable and based on the strong industry knowledge.”

Satoshi Ikemura

“Has in-depth knowledge of copyright law.”

Ryoichi Inoue

“He, though a Japanese lawyer, is fluent in foreign languages and has mastered five foreign languages (English, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish). He is a logical thinker and reads local laws and regulations on his own, which makes him very dependable in pointing out errors by local experts.”

Yoshie Midorikawa

“She is able to utilise English and communicate with global function in our company. By utilising networking in Miura & Partners, she can cover a wide range of enquiry.”

Haruka Murata

“Her contribution to the project and our client was great. She did great work for us to negotiate with counterpart.”

“She leaded our cross-border acquisition. She set up an international legal team and managed the project. It is okay to communicate with her, so we were able to go through with the deal quickly.”

“She is quick in response and always tries to understand our needs.”

Tsuyoshi Omura

“Solution oriented.”


Work highlights

Represented Kadokawa Corporation in a series of labour-related litigation, providing the client with human resources consultations.

Advised Warabeya Nichiyo Holdings on transferring staff in connection with corporate reorganisation.

Key clients

HyLife Pork Japan, Japan Business Assurance, Kyoto Semiconductor

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Advised Shiseido Company on the employment aspects of the recent sale of its personal care business.

Private equity
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Advised Integral Corporation on its acquisition of Oliver Corporation, a company that manufactures and sells furnishings.

Advised Baring Private Equity Asia on its sale of Increment P Corporation.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Invesco, Japan Industrial Partners, KKR, MBK Partners, Polaris Capital Group

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the country. It boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration work. With over 700 Japanese and foreign lawyers, the firm is frequently instructed by the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, and by foreign conglomerates across the financial services, automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. Nishimura & Asahi is also a firm with significant global connections that enable it to provide the utmost quality when it comes to matters of law. The firm’s main figures include Kohei Koikawa for capital markets, Kozo Kawai for competition, Yoshinobu Fujimoto for corporate and M&A, and Hiroyuki Tezuka for dispute resolution.


Work highlights 

Represented Itochu Corporation on the sale of Paidy, a leading two-sided payments platform to US online payments solutions provider PayPal Holdings.

Advised Blackstone Group on its acquisition of eight hotels from Japanese railway operator Kintetsu Group Holdings.

Advised Invesco Office J-REIT on a successful defence against an unsolicited tender offer for Invesco Office J-REIT’s investment units by Starwood Capital.

Key clients

AirAsia Aviation, Anchor Equity Partners (Asia), Goldman Sachs, Rakuten Group, The Carlyle Group

Real estate
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Advised Daiwa House Logistics Trust, Daiwa House Asset Management Asia and Daiwa House Industry on the IPO and Listing of a Singapore REIT.

Advised Hulic, a Japanese leading real estate company, on its acquisition of Dentsu headquarters building through a SPC.

Advised Kintetsu Railway on the launch of a joint venture with Blackstone in relation to a hotel portfolio.

Key clients

Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation, Diamond Realty Management, Mori Hills REIT Investment Corporation, Nippon Prologis REIT, Tosei Asset Advisors

Regulatory
Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is a leading full-service law firm offering a range of counsel services pertaining to most financial and corporate law matters. The firm has an excellent reputation for assisting start-ups and financial institutions on fintech-related matters. It offers additional strength in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactions. Go Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts.

Client feedback 

“The ability to provide accurate advice based on their extensive knowledge and experience in antitrust law.” – Competition and antitrust

“Willingness and flexibility to accommodate client's needs while meeting the requirements by the authorities and other stakeholders.” – Competition and antitrust

“Charge reasonable and punctual.” – Competition and antitrust

“Well handling of claim by third party regarding compensation.” – Competition and antitrust

“Atsumi & Sakai’s positive attributes are accurate and speedy advice and actions.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have professional attitude. They always listen to our concerns and try to understand our product and industry. They respond quickly to our concerns and do not waste time on unnecessary work.”– Corporate and M&A

“Their expertise in the life science area was very helpful. Their strong negotiation skills also helped us to have a successful deal.” – Regulatory

Saori Hanada

“Diligent and excellent expertise.”

“Professional expertise.”

“She's very client oriented. She has strong communication skills and legal analytical skills.”

“Highly specialised, focusing on expert advice.”

Mayumi Hongo

“Since she has extensive work experience in corporate legal affairs, we can receive accurate advice from the standpoint and perspective of a company.”

“She has working experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and legal department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Through such working experience, she has tremendous knowledge and experience regarding the legal matters of overseas. She always understands company and legal department as a client and pays attention to our needs and concerns to work efficiently. Her attitude to client is so professional and friendly. Small talk with her is always enjoyable and very helpful for icebreaking.”

Yusuke Miura

“He responses quickly with specialised knowledge.”

“I think he has a very good knowledge of corporate legal affairs and compliance.”

Tatsuo Yamashima

“He has expertise and knowledge of antitrust law.”

“He tightly supports clients and has a good character to attract them.”

“He has expertise and knowledge of antitrust law.”


Work highlights

Commissioned by the Financial Service Agency to complete a research project on the analysis of overseas use cases of stable coins and related regulations including enforcement.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights

Assisted Japan Display in one of the biggest corporate accounting fraud cases in Japan in the past decade.

Assisted with the investigation of EduLab, a Japanese Edtech company, regarding the discovery of suspicious transactions.

Restructuring and insolvency
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the largest and most diversified law firms in Japan, consistently impresses clients with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and tax. As one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with a remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa Furuta, IP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

“Positive attributes were speediness of their work, accuracy of the documents they provide, and meticulous instruction of the financial products we were taking.”Banking and finance

“Business oriented, quick and accurate work. They have good knowledge, strong industry experiences and precise advice.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsive, commercial in pricing and deliver high-quality work product on agreed deadlines.” – Banking and finance

‘Quick, polite and shrewd.” – Banking and finance

“The advice was always practical and timely.” – Banking and finance

“Always superb and appropriate legal service with promptness.” – Capital Markets

“I have worked with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on several M&A deals over the past few years and their expertise is outstanding. Their lawyers really understand the complexities of each case and offer advice to clients in a practical and pragmatic manner.” – Corporate and M&A

“Quick response and breadth of areas covered.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good-quality work with reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provided legitimate as well as reasonably practical advice in most of the cases.” – Dispute resolution

“They identified a contractual ground for us to reasonably request the company to retrieve communications with us. We wrote to it our request with the ground and succeeded in retrieving communications.” – Dispute resolution

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.” – Energy

“They have been giving advice, taking into account what Japanese companies typically concern.”– Energy

“They are always careful and flexible in making their logic to argue with a counterpart. This is owing to their plenty of experiences and expertise in this field.” – Insurance

“Their lawyers are good at English and technology, so we had no problem in preparing litigations in Japan.” – Intellectual Property

“They have provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.” – Intellectual Property

“It is a strong point that Anderson Mori & Tomotsune can handle a wide range of work including intellectual properties such as patent, trademark, design, litigation, and regulatory.” – Intellectual Property

“They are responsive, and advice is clear.” – Investment funds

They provide a holistic view from Japanese labour law perspective to minimise risk.” – Labour and employment

“Anderson Mori & Tomotsune thoroughly covered the transaction related impacts on our corporate activities from various aspects.” – Real Estate

“They understand the regulation and court proceedings well in life sciences. They provided not only legal and regulatory analysis but also advice on practical strategies internally and externally.” – Regulatory

“We go to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune for comprehensive expertise delivered in a practical and user-friendly manner. They are our go-to Japanese law firm, hands down.” – Regulatory

Tomoki Debari

“I have worked with Debari on a few M&A deals and his expertise is outstanding. He really understands the complexities of each case and advises clients in a practical manner. His approach really helps make deal closing a success for our shared clients. He's also very responsive, even after work hours, and his passion and dedication to his clients is admirable. In short, he is a pleasure to work with and I know that our clients' matters are in safe hands with him.”

Kagayaki Funakoshi

“First class, best experience, and provides helpful support. Networking within firm and bringing in expertise as needed.”

Satoshi Inoue

In-depth advice based on strong experiences. Quick and accurate work. Strong and well-balanced business sense.”

“He and his team have deep knowledge of the law and always provide legal advice that goes beyond our expectations.”

Hiroshi Ishihara

“He always provides us legal advice with professional knowledge and insights based on his correct understanding of our business and position related to the matter. He helped us to successfully solve several pending issues to date.”

Yoshikazu Iwase

“He is responsive and friendly, in addition to his specialty in Japanese jurisdiction. It is nice working with him.”

Naoyuki Kabata

“In the difficult deal, he advised some proper legal comments and fast documentations.”

Kazutoshi Kakuyama

“Very pragmatic advice. Proactively makes suggestions and guides us to the right direction to minimise legal risk.”

Eiji Kobayashi

“Very client-oriented, values communication and relationship, and most of all, he provides the best possible solution for his clients.”

Junichi Kondo

“He is an experienced lawyer in the area of life sciences. His advice is well-analysed and practical.”

“I can get a quick and reasonable answer.”

Atsutoshi Maeda

“He always tries to understand what we are concerning and achieves what we want.”

Fujiaki Mimura

“He is an authority of bankruptcy law in Japan's law society and has great network within it. Therefore, he can provide best resource of the firm to his client.”

Koichi Miyamoto

“Very good to work with, knows the law well and very responsive.”

“He is responsive in client communication. Highly reliable as counsel of PE fund.”

Kunihiko Morishita

Attentive, good communication in either English or Japanese, thorough knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Japan.”

Zentaro Nihei

“He achieved alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process from Lehman Brothers Holdings.”

Kensuke Otsuki

“Otsuki provided us with the Respectful Workplace Sessions in 2018 and in 2021 with advanced version for entire organisation in Japan. What we appreciated him most was that he brought examples based on our actual cases but made it anonymous in order that attendees not to identify the exact case. He also was capable to accommodate the message and change based on our feedback very timely. His presentation and explanation were very well received, and the majority of feedback said the session was informative and helpful.”

Kenichi Sadaka

Always listens to our view and guides us to the right direction in a timely and polite manner. Always careful with a calm attitude.”

Takehisa Sato

“Deeply understands our business policy and strategy in addition to good knowledge in the law and market practice.”

Hironori Shibata

“Accessible, responsive and knowledgeable.”

Isao Shindo

“He is incredibly responsive, and he has excellent legal expertise in areas of finance.”

“Reliable expert on financial regulatory matters especially on asset management.”

“He has deep understandings of Japanese law and gives clear advice on a new area of business.”

Wataru Shimizu

“He is easy to communicate with.”

“He has provided high-quality professional services, including practical and well-thought comments taking into consideration of future pictures of our industry.”

Susumu Shindo

Deep knowledge of asset management business in Japan.”

Yasufumi Shiroyama

“He is very flexible in legal service style. He handles urgent matters himself without the help from associates. Also, the fees are very reasonable.”

“He has great experience. He is knowledgeable and fluent in English, and he gives us the right advice.”

“Rich in experience and knowledge. High ability to hear from clients.”

Hiroaki Takahashi

“He is very smart, diligent and has an excellent personality. He is the best capital markets lawyer in Tokyo.”

Reiji Takahashi

“Rapid response and extensive experience with similar projects.”

Sato Takehisa

“Smart, innovative, and efficient. Nice person.”

Daisuke Tanimoto

“Practical advice.”

Yuhki Tanaka

“He is always very responsive and timely. He listens to us well, understands and analyses the situation accurately, based on which he gives very constructive and practical advice. He knows what he talks about, and we can completely rely on his advice with respect to a variety of ER issues we face, some of them are incomparably tricky and complicate but his analysis and advice, backed by his experience and knowledge, is to the point and very reliable and effective. We have been very lucky to know Tanaka, especially for employment related legal matters.”

Mikiko Toeda

“Take care of the registration work in a careful way.”


Work highlights 

Represented creditors of the United Ocean Group in filing a petition to commence the corporate reorganisation proceedings of United Ocean Group, including its 40 foreign special purpose companies (SPCs) in Panama and Singapore.

Acted as legal counsel for W&D Investment Design on the bankruptcy proceedings of Lidea.

Key clients

Matsuekankyonomori, Okui Construction, Tibanne

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectors. It maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious matters. As one of the largest full-service Japanese law firms with over 550 lawyers, the firm is counsel of choice for some of the major Japanese corporations and foreign multinationals, assisting clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, energy, manufacturing and real estate. Key figures include banking and finance practitioner Masanori Sato, capital markets focused Katsumasa Suzuki, M&A and private equity expert Gaku Ishiwata, investment funds lawyer Ken Miura and restructuring and insolvency specialist Soichiro Fujiwara. Naoya Shiota, a previous partner, left the firm in September 2021.

Client feedback 

“The firm created a positive story about our new financial products by checking all related laws and rules.” – Banking and finance

“They have deep knowledge about syndicated loan documentation and structuring.” – Banking and finance

“Reassuring legal support. Willing to create a new standard.” .”– Capital markets

“Work hard and study hard about the issuer. They are also flexible when providing reasonable solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very professional mindset with extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets.”– Capital markets

Knowing we have a strong cost consciousness, they always think from our perspective. They respond quickly and support the project by forming a team with excellent expertise.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have very deep insight on the legal procedure of Japanese offshore wind farm auction. Though we joined this auction first time, our JV was qualified in terms of auction process thanks to their advice.”

“Has accurate knowledge of a wide area.” – Corporate and M&A

“In complex cases involving multiple countries and having many structures, it is possible to respond to documentation such as contracts and disclosure documents in addition to legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and business oriented. Also, I have the impression that not only the partners but also the associates of the firm have a truly deep understanding of our companies and our businesses. Their advice is always practical from a real business standpoint. They have outstanding writing skills, and the speed necessary to run alongside the business.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide legal advice and lead us in a court trial in an efficient, proper and professional manner.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep knowledge in the electricity market in Japan.” – Energy

“Compared to other firms, the firm has the advantage of being able to respond flexibly with deep understanding our demands.” – Energy

“Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is always gathering information on our related issues and providing the useful information with their legal advice.” – Investment fund

“Speedy and high-quality services.” – Labour and employment

“Concise assessment of the situation, practical recommendations, and clear course of action.” – Labour and employment

“Great advice, great documentation, and great deal support at the court.” – Labour and employment

“Regarding the stock purchase agreement, their advice was so helpful that we could successfully improve our sales price and avoid the risk of settlement.” – Private equity

“They have done all sorts of explanation to the Singapore consultants and Singapore authorities, including explanation of Japanese real estate customs. For some parts, they were required to explain not only from legal perspective but how things are typically treated in business decision in Japan.” – Real estate

“Their advice is always correct and accurate based on the deep understanding of the J-REIT and real estate market in Japan.” – Real estate

“They are one of the largest law firms in Japan and the quality level of their advice is best in Japan.” – Real estate

Yoshikazu Abe

“Rich experiences and knowledge.”

“High level of expertise.”

Hiroki Aoyama

“Accurate legal advice based on extensive legal knowledge and customer orientation.”

“He has deep knowledge in syndicated loan documentation and structuring including M&A finance.”

“He has rich experience and knowledge of the business, especially in banking business.”

Hiromasa Arai

“Shows integrity and commitment to the project.”

Akira Ehira

“He has deep knowledge on close-out netting and provided stable opinion on our template agreement for physical electricity trading, the close-out netting provision of which is brand new for Japan.”

“He checked all related laws and rules to create a positive story to get a green light from Japanese regulators about new financial products.”

Yasuhiko Fujitsu

“He always provides legal advice with a deep insight and attempts to address issues by showing the big picture. He has gained an excellent reputation in the crisis management area.”

Fumiko Hama

“Professional and responsive with a quick turnaround time. Also, courteous and helpful.”

Toru Hasumoto

“He's always been very supportive and energetic.”

Suzuki Katsumasa

“He advises very clearly and accurately in accordance with the situation.”

Takahiro Kobayashi

“Broad and deep legal knowledge.”

Yoshihiro Kojima

“He knows our business, our client business and the M&A dynamism.”

“An experienced and reliable M&A lawyer.”

Masakazu Kumagai

“He has a good understanding of the capital market practice and its trends. He provides the best advice based on his legal expertise. He also analyses legal risks accurately and provides appropriate advice on deals with highly novel and complex structure.”

Yuki Matsuda

“He is very intelligent and responsive.”

Akira Matsushita

He has a wealth of practical experience and expertise in M&A. He is able to give accurate advice with an understanding of practical positions.”

Suguru Miyata

“Specialised knowledge and the ability to guide clients in a positive way through adversities.”

Yusuke Murakami

“Great analytical skills with thorough and clear explanation.”

“He has deep knowledge on Japanese renewable energy regulation. He is also familiar with the domestic and international renewable market.”

“Responsive with solid knowledge.”

Masahito Saeki

“He dealt with all legal questions as well as many not legal (real estate market related) questions that rose from multiple parties in Singapore. Some questions were actually not standard for Japanese lawyers to answer, but he dealt with all these issues and had done explanation and persuaded the parties.”

“Prompt and calm handling of happenings in our company. Tenacious explanations to Singaporean lawyers on Japanese property law. There were numerous unexpected questions and happenings throughout the project, which Saeki and his team have patiently and promptly dealt with. When there was any question raised by international consultants and authorities, Saeki and his team always came up with some solution or explanation to be provided.”

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge so that he can advise in detail.”

Masanori Sato

“He provides professional advice and quick response.”

Mugi Sekido

“In German litigation, Sekido sensei has been handling the case by himself after his staff left the firm. He is cost effective and understands our objective and requirements perfectly with his outstanding skills and personality to manage our local counsel and hired experts as one team.”

“With high-level language skills, deep understanding and extensive experiences in handling international conflict for many Japanese clients, he conveys our messages to US attorneys quite accurately and digest their complicated legal languages into simplified terms for our easy understanding.”

Yusuke Suehiro

“He always gives us deep and sophisticated legal advice.”

Katsumasa Suzuki

“Proactively provide knowledge and information in new fields.”

“Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the capital market.”

Yasuzo Takeno

“The legal advice of Yasuzo Takeno always lead to the solutions to our important issues. He understands our business and our needs very well.”

Hajime Tanahashi

“He is good at client management, and he has tons of experience in private equity fund transactions. He is always kind and gives appropriate advice to us.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi

“Always thinks about the best way to solve the customer's problem and gives speedy advice on the matter with cost-consciousness.”

“His team's quality of legal service is very high. He is familiar with J-REIT practices.”

“He has a very good business acumen.”

“He provides legal advice in a proactive and timely manner. His response is always prompt and friendly.  His experience in the investigation for product fraud issue is outstanding.”

Shigeki Okatani

“He always looks into what we need and how we would like to proceed in advance, then gives us advice with detailed analysis. And currently, they also consider our budget including legal fees in advance.”

Shuhei Uchida

“Professional and appropriate advice.”

Takashi Ugajin

“He has tactics in his way of thinking with solid legal knowledge and experiences. His response is pretty quick, which we think is one of the important requirements especially in dealing with international business.”

“Good listener. Provided realistic solutions. Clearly outlined our risk aperture. Understood our position as a start-up and found fair and reasonable ways to address our challenges.”

Hideaki Umetsu

“He is an expert in risk management.He tells us exactly what his clients want in a crisis.”


Work highlights 

Acting as counsel to KOIKE in respect to its civil rehabilitation proceedings.

Representing Daiwa PI Partners in respect to F-Power’s corporate reorganisation proceedings.