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 with its outstanding practices across almost all categories including banking and finance, capital markets, energy, disputes, funds, employment, regulatory and taxAs one of the Big Four, it is a go-to firm for high-profile mandates with remarkable wealth of industry-specific expertise. Prominent figures in the firm include capital markets expert Hironori Shibata, disputes lawyer Yoshimasa FurutaIP focused Yasufumi Shiroyama and tax specialist Koji Fujita.

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on the first ever negative yield issuance of debt by a Japanese private corporation 

Key clients 

Barclays Securities Japan, Mizuho Securities, MUFG 

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 energyinfrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactionsGo Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts. 

Client feedback 

Provides a timely response to our request, and always maintains professionalism.” – Banking and finance 

Friendly and responsive, with a very professional business approach.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive, practical and reasonable.” – Real estate 

Takumi Fukuda 

Extremely knowledgeable. Pleasure to work with. Very responsive. 

Kenichi Tanizaki 

Gives a timely response amid a very tight schedule, with knowledge on what we need. 

Takafumi Uematsu 

Very communicative and business-oriented.


Work highlights 

Advised SMBC on the information bank system, preparation of a certificate of Information Bank business, and appropriate ways to use information obtained by the bank 

Key clients 

MUFG, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Assisted the JBA and JSLA in respect to 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. 

Key clients 

KKR, Marelli Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Polaris Capital Group, Shonai Bank 

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 on financing for Japanese chemical products manufacturer Showa Denko’s tender offer to acquire Hitachi Chemical. 

Key clients 

Garrett Motion, Integral CorporationMizuho Bank, MUFG, NAVER, Shinsei Bank 

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolutionintellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious mattersThe 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 

We have always had an excellent service from TMI, whether it be availability, professionalism, or quality of service.” – Banking and finance 

Client-oriented and always willing to adapt to the client’s needs.” – Competition and antitrust 

The firm gives us practical solutions and advice from both legal and commercial perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A 

Yohsuke Higuchi 

Has a solid understanding of not only the law, but also of our business.” 

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi 

He is an extremely qualified lawyer, a person who is always present when we need support. 


Work highlights 

Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on the real estate non-recourse loan for 20 projects 

Capital markets
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Daiwa Securities on the first public offering by an airline in Japan, as well as the first major equity offering by an issuer in an industry seriously damaged by the pandemic. 

Key clients 

Forum Engineering, Kyushu Electric PowerNippon Building Fund, Nomura Securities, Star Asia Investment 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Advised JBIC in respect to its issuance of USD-denominated and GBP-denominated senior notes guaranteed by the government of Japan 

Key clients 

Asahi Group Holdings, Government of IndonesiaNissan Motor, Softbank Group

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 Takeda on its issuance of unsecured senior notes, denominated in US dollars and in Euros, and issued in multiple tranches 

advised Japan Finance Corporation, the deal coordinator, on a transaction where fourteen Japanese regional financial institutions that extend various loans to small and medium-sized enterprises transferred the credit risk of the loans to investors by way of credit default swap transactions. 

Key clients 

Maruwa Unyu KikanOrient CorporationSBI Holdings, SMBC Nikko Securities, Sosei Group Corporation 

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolutionintellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious mattersThe 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 

We have always had an excellent service from TMI, whether it be availability, professionalism, or quality of service.” – Banking and finance 

Client-oriented and always willing to adapt to the client’s needs.” – Competition and antitrust 

The firm gives us practical solutions and advice from both legal and commercial perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A 

Yohsuke Higuchi 

Has a solid understanding of not only the law, but also of our business.” 

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi 

He is an extremely qualified lawyer, a person who is always present when we need support. 


Work highlights 

Advised SMBC Nikko Securities regarding the issue and public offering of Samurai bonds of Maybank.

Key clients 

European Investment Bank, Mitsubishi, Universal Entertainment Corporation 

  

Competition/antitrust
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Represented LINE’s merger filing with the JFTC and other competition authorities in the US, South Korea and Taiwan in connection with the business integration between LINE and Z Holdings Corporation. 

Key clients 

Nissin Kogyo, Nitori Holdings, Slack TechnologiesSuzuken, Tiffany & Co 

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 on a complex business integration and a capital and business alliance among Japan’s leading sugar manufacturersMitsui Sugar and Dai-Nippon Meiji Sugar. 

Advised Nippon Paper Crecia on its business alliance with Try-Fu. 

Key clients 

Honda MotorMaxim Integrated Products, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Seven & I Holdings 

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolutionintellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious mattersThe 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 

We have always had an excellent service from TMI, whether it be availability, professionalism, or quality of service.” – Banking and finance 

Client-oriented and always willing to adapt to the client’s needs.” – Competition and antitrust 

The firm gives us practical solutions and advice from both legal and commercial perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A 

Yohsuke Higuchi 

Has a solid understanding of not only the law, but also of our business.” 

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi 

He is an extremely qualified lawyer, a person who is always present when we need support. 


Work highlights 

Advised Keihin Corporation regarding its merger with Showa Corporation, Nisshin Kogyo and Hitachi Automotive Systems. 

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 energyinfrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactionsGo Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts. 

Client feedback 

Provides a timely response to our request, and always maintains professionalism.” – Banking and finance 

Friendly and responsive, with a very professional business approach.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive, practical and reasonable.” – Real estate 

Takumi Fukuda 

Extremely knowledgeable. Pleasure to work with. Very responsive. 

Kenichi Tanizaki 

Gives a timely response amid a very tight schedule, with knowledge on what we need. 

Takafumi Uematsu 

Very communicative and business-oriented.


Work highlights 

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

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 

The law firm provides lawyers who are able, available, affable and affordable.” – Banking and finance 

Extensive expertise and experience in banking law.” – Insurance 

Daigo Nomura 

Has financial expertise and experience and gives sufficient and convincing advice. 

Takanari Sekiguchi 

Proactive, responds quickly, professional. 


Work highlights 

Advised a Japanese government-funded agency handling the employer of a construction project in an Asian country using ODA on delay and change of scope of works of the project. 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Represented The 77 Bank and participating financial institutions for the Miyagi Kami Wind Farm Project. 

Corporate and M&A
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Chicotea Investments on the launch of a tender offer to acquire all of the issued common shares of UNIZO. 

Key clients 

Daio Paper Corporation, KenedixSojitz, Tokyo Dome, Walmart 

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 energyinfrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactionsGo Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts. 

Client feedback 

Provides a timely response to our request, and always maintains professionalism.” – Banking and finance 

Friendly and responsive, with a very professional business approach.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive, practical and reasonable.” – Real estate 

Takumi Fukuda 

Extremely knowledgeable. Pleasure to work with. Very responsive. 

Kenichi Tanizaki 

Gives a timely response amid a very tight schedule, with knowledge on what we need. 

Takafumi Uematsu 

Very communicative and business-oriented.


Work highlights 

Advised group of small and mid-sized businesses on the structuring of M&A and business succession deals, prospective acquirers, valuation and evaluation, negotiations, due diligence, and implementation.

Hibiya-Nakata

Corporate and M&A boutique Hibiya-Nakata focuses on Japanese outbound and inbound M&AIt 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 workKey figures include Nobuo Nakata and Tatsuya Soeda.

Client feedback 

Proactive, responds quickly, and is always professional. – Corporate and M&A 

Takanari Sekiguchi 

Professional, customer-first attitude and quick.


Work highlights 

Advised T-Gaia to acquire 100% of shares in Infinity Communicationand acted for UT Group in the acquisition of Support System Corporation.  

Key clients 

Earth System Science Corporation, Kotobukiya FronteMachomeYukon Capital Partners 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Advised Bain Capital on its acquisition of Nichi-gakkan 

Key clients 

AB Volvo, Hitachi Global Life Solutions, Mistuba CorporationNippon Paint Holdings, SFH, Shimachu 

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 NTT DoCoMo in its acquisition by NTT, one of the three largest global deals in 2020. 

Key clients 

Itochu Corporation, Showa DenkoTakeda Pharmaceutical 

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 mattersThe 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. 

Client feedback 

The firm responds promptly and sincerely.” – Banking and finance 

Tomohiro Murakami 

He has expertise in finance in the public sector, and he provides appropriate advice that is suitable for the client.”


Work highlights 

Advised on the full buyout of Sony Financial Holdings. 

Key clients 

Shionogi & CoMTI, Owari Precise Products 

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolutionintellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious mattersThe 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 

We have always had an excellent service from TMI, whether it be availability, professionalism, or quality of service.” – Banking and finance 

Client-oriented and always willing to adapt to the client’s needs.” – Competition and antitrust 

The firm gives us practical solutions and advice from both legal and commercial perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A 

Yohsuke Higuchi 

Has a solid understanding of not only the law, but also of our business.” 

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi 

He is an extremely qualified lawyer, a person who is always present when we need support. 


Work highlights 

Advised Unizo Holdings on employee buy-out, the first successful employee buy-out in Japan 

Key clients 

ARA Asset ManagementOdelicThe Norinchukin Bank

Tokyo International Law Office

Corporate specialist firm Tokyo International Law Office focuses on international and cross-border transactions. The firm has 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 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 in the transfer of all the shares of Steady Study to Sunny Side Up Group. 

Advised in Tsukishima Kikai’s total acquisition of the issued shares of PRIMIX Holdings and PRIMIX. 

Key clients 

Ferrotec Holdings Corporation, M3, Yokogawa Electric Corporation 

Dispute resolution
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Represented Universal Music in a taxation lawsuit arising out of a corporate group restructuring.

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 energyinfrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactionsGo Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts. 

Client feedback 

Provides a timely response to our request, and always maintains professionalism.” – Banking and finance 

Friendly and responsive, with a very professional business approach.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive, practical and reasonable.” – Real estate 

Takumi Fukuda 

Extremely knowledgeable. Pleasure to work with. Very responsive. 

Kenichi Tanizaki 

Gives a timely response amid a very tight schedule, with knowledge on what we need. 

Takafumi Uematsu 

Very communicative and business-oriented.


Work highlights 

Represented global institutional investors as plaintiffs in a major 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 

The law firm provides lawyers who are able, available, affable and affordable.” – Banking and finance 

Extensive expertise and experience in banking law.” – Insurance 

Daigo Nomura 

Has financial expertise and experience and gives sufficient and convincing advice. 

Takanari Sekiguchi 

Proactive, responds quickly, professional. 


Work highlights 

Represented SBI Securities in a case filed by over 200 shareholders of FOI, a company which committed financial window-dressing and misstatements and went bankrupt. 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

We represented Japan Post, one of Japan’s largest employers, in defense of claims brought under the Labour Contract Act by a high number of fixed-term employees over differences between the terms and conditions of their employment contracts and those of employees employed permanently. 

Key clients 

CoincheckDaio Paper CorporationToshiba Corporation 

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 a major Japanese company in the arbitration, involving claims for payment totalling $7.3 billion relating to a joint venture between Japanese companies to engage in power plant construction projects.

Energy
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Electric Power Development in relation to various issues regarding the sale of shares to Chiahui Power Corporation 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Advised TEPCO Renewable Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, in connection with its acquisition of a 30% stake in TetraSpar, which is one of the most advanced floating offshore wind projects in the world. 

Key clients 

Chubu Electric Power, Enex Infrastructure Investment CorporationJAG Energy, Mibugawa Electric Power, Shinsei Bank 

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 litigationThe firm offers strong technical knowledge in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biotechnology, electronics and telecommunicationsEiji Katayama and Hiroshi Kobayashi are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

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

Represented a pharmaceutical company on a patent invalidation trial, of which two of the three cases were appealed to the IP High Court. 

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Acted for Firstface in filing import suspension actions against Apple Japanalleging certain iPhone products infringe its patents. 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Advised on Shiseido’s worldwide trademark prosecutions including filings, office actions, oppositions, trials and licenses all over the world. 

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 

Advised and represented Ono Pharmaceutical in a case regarding the transfer of the registration of partial ownership of a patent. 

Advised and represented Sony in a case of seeking remuneration for an employee invention.

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 against 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 an acquisition company controlled by funds managed by The Blackstone Group and its affiliates for $2.3 billion. 

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolutionintellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious mattersThe 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 

We have always had an excellent service from TMI, whether it be availability, professionalism, or quality of service.” – Banking and finance 

Client-oriented and always willing to adapt to the client’s needs.” – Competition and antitrust 

The firm gives us practical solutions and advice from both legal and commercial perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A 

Yohsuke Higuchi 

Has a solid understanding of not only the law, but also of our business.” 

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi 

He is an extremely qualified lawyer, a person who is always present when we need support. 


Work highlights 

Represented Kyoto City University of Arts in the appeal proceedings at the Osaka High Court regarding its name change.

Investment funds
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


Work highlights 

Acted as legal counsel for BlackRock Global Funds on Japanese law and as registration agent for the disclosure materials in respect of an IPO in Japan of a class of a sub-fund, as well as continuous disclosure of four sub-funds. 

Key clients 

Credit SuisseGlobal Funds Management, Henderson Management, Nippon Investment Company

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Acted as legal counsel in connection to the public offering of US$ class units of US Core Fixed Income Fund of Manulife Investment Trust.

TMI Associates

TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan, has broad expertise across corporate and M&A, dispute resolutionintellectual property and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm has good expertise in the IP arena as it houses strong bench of practitioners skilled in handling the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border contentious and non-contentious mattersThe 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 

We have always had an excellent service from TMI, whether it be availability, professionalism, or quality of service.” – Banking and finance 

Client-oriented and always willing to adapt to the client’s needs.” – Competition and antitrust 

The firm gives us practical solutions and advice from both legal and commercial perspectives.” – Corporate and M&A 

Yohsuke Higuchi 

Has a solid understanding of not only the law, but also of our business.” 

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi 

He is an extremely qualified lawyer, a person who is always present when we need support. 


Work highlights 

Advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management regarding Japanese stock in its negotiations and conclusions of relevant contracts with international investment managers. 

Key clients 

DBJ Asset Management, GPIFNissay Asset Management CorporationSKYE Capital 

Labour and employment
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Conducted research for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry relating to “the legal issue of remote work and work from home” in France, Germany and the UK as well as “the laws relating to the remote work and work from home” in the US, the EU and the UK. 

Private equity
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Advised MCP Partners on its acquisition of Japan Home Shield Corporation. 

Key clients 

Accordia Golf, Bain Capital, GIC, J-STAR, Marelli Corporation 

Real estate
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Advised GIC on the establishment of a joint venture between Equinix and GIC for a hyper-scale data centre business in Japan. 

Key clients 

CRE Logistics REIT, Daiwa House Asset ManagementMori Hills REIT Investment Corporation, Nippon Prologis REIT 

Restructuring and insolvency
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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

Client feedback 

Strong in the area and eager to help. – Banking and finance 

Provides detailed advice with deep understanding of the client’s business and nature. –Capital markets 

Always provides useful advice and makes the agreement favourable for us. – Dispute resolution 

They offer the multiple possibility of the conditions and find the potential risks in the contract. They also well reflect our thought for the policy of business and R&D. – Intellectual property 

Kei Akagawa 

Commits to the cause, has professional knowledge and is highly capable of solving any issues.” 

Kenji Miyagawa 

Eager to help, provides practical solutions, and is user-friendly.” 

Hiroaki Takahashi 

He has industry expertise and gives us deep analysis in a timely manner at reasonable fees. We have a good relationship with Mr. Takahashi and he understands our culture and internal procedures very well. 

Masayuki Yamanouchi 

Client friendly with very good time management skills, being able to work flexibly and provide us with timely feedback.” 


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 SPCs in Panama and Singapore.

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 energyinfrastructure and real estate sectors. The firm is also known for its expertise in securitisation, covered bonds and similar structured finance transactionsGo Fujimoto and Yusuke Miura are some key contacts. 

Client feedback 

Provides a timely response to our request, and always maintains professionalism.” – Banking and finance 

Friendly and responsive, with a very professional business approach.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive, practical and reasonable.” – Real estate 

Takumi Fukuda 

Extremely knowledgeable. Pleasure to work with. Very responsive. 

Kenichi Tanizaki 

Gives a timely response amid a very tight schedule, with knowledge on what we need. 

Takafumi Uematsu 

Very communicative and business-oriented.


Work highlights 

Represented Nakajima Allthe only company in the world that produces typewritersin civil rehabilitation proceedings in Tokyo. 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in most practice areas and sectorsIt maintains an excellent reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions as well as contentious mattersAs 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, energymanufacturing 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 

Client feedback 

Sound business judgment as well as profound legal advice with layered team capability. – Banking and finance 

They are well versed in the Japanese financial system and can always give you the best advice. – Banking and finance 

They always answered our questions quickly and were friendly even though some questions were very complicated and novel.” – Capital markets 

The law firm was well experienced and had capability to advise which direction the client should take on top of just providing legal knowledge and framework concerning the situation which the client is in. – Corporate and M&A 

They are very competent and also have very good global networks. – Corporate and M&A 

Their legal advice is always timely, accurate and also business-oriented.” – Dispute resolution 

They are very experienced with regard to cross-border M&A projects. Especially regarding energy law, the firm is very experienced in handling complicated matters.” – Energy 

They always provide us with accurate information based on solid foundation of experience.” – Investment funds 

Always quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable in specialised fields.” – Investment funds 

Hiroki Aoyama 

Always willing to listen to his clients, understands his client’s perspective and makes thoughtful suggestions. 

Takahiro Kobayashi 

Great customer service and responds in a timely manner. 

Masakazu Kumagai 

He is commercially aware, strategic, delivers on expectations. 

Taro Omoto 

Quick responses and very capable in his work. 

Nobuharu Onishi 

Very good communication skills, especially in English, and is flexible to work with. 

Masanori Sato 

Has in-depth knowledge of benchmark transition and Japanese financial law. 

Rintaro Shinohara 

Provides appropriate advice based on profound expertise. 

Katsumasa Suzuki 

Very flexible when accommodating the client’s requests. 

Katsuyuki Tainaka 

He is very dedicated and the advice is well balanced. 

Yasuzo Takeno 

Mr. Takeno always gives very useful advice and helps solve our most important and difficult issues. 


Work highlights 

Acted as local counsel for Cath Kidston Japan in respect to its inevitable bankruptcy. 

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is established as a top-tier law firm in the countryIt boasts highly reputed teams providing the full spectrum of transactions as well as complex litigation and arbitration workWith 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 sectorsNishimura & 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 a shipbuilding company, Yamanishi, in filing for corporate reorganisation protectionThe Yamanishi case is currently the only corporate reorganisation filed in Japan in 2020 with total debt in excess of $117 million 

Key clients 

Garrett Motion, Pepper Food Service, Toyota Industries Corporation