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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Tokyo

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto - Tokyo
  • Marunouchi Park Building
  • 2-6-1 Marunouchi
  • Chiyoda-ku
  • Tokyo
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 100-8222
  • Managing Partners: Toru Ishiguro, Yasuzo Takeno, Satoko Kuwabara, Hideki Matsui, Masanori Sato, Soichiro Fujiwara, Hajime Tanahashi
  • Number of partners: 95
  • Number of lawyers: 313
  • Languages: Chinese, English, Japanese

Firm Overview:
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a full-service international law firm which is particularly well known for its work in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, insolvency, tax and intellectual property.

Main Areas of Practice:  

M&A:
•LIXIL Group Corporation - acquisition of GROHE Group. Partners: Akira Marumo, Takuya Eguchi, Yuto Matsumura, Shuhei Kubota
•Applied Materials, Inc. - merger with Tokyo Electron Ltd. Partners: Yuto Matsumura, Atsushi Oishi, Koji Toshima, Rintaro Shinohara
•Renesas Electronics Corporation - share issue through third-party allotment. Partners: Tomohiro Tsuchiya, Kensuke Ambe, Yusuke Ishii
•Hitachi Ltd. - forming a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. by merging their thermal power generation systems businesses. Partners: Atsushi Oishi, Hideki Utsunomiya
•SOFTBANK Corp. - strategic acquisition of Sprint Nextel. Partners: Akira Marumo, Takahiro Kobayashi
•SOFTBANK Corp. - advising on making eAccess Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary through share exchange and a business alliance between SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. and eAccess Ltd. Partners: Akira Marumo, Atsushi Oishi, Takahiro Kobayashi, Takeshi Okuyama
•Aegis Group plc. - Dentsu Inc’s recommended cash acquisition of Aegis Group plc. Partner: Takayuki Kihira
Contact: Gaku Ishiwata
Tel: +81 3 5223 7753
Email: gaku.ishiwata@mhmjapan.com

Capital Markets:
•Issuance of US dollar-denominated subordinated notes by Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. Partners: Toru Ishiguro, Yasuhiko Fujitsu
•Global offering of shares of Japan Tobacco Inc. held by the Japanese Government and the repurchase of the shares by Japan Tobacco Inc. Partners: Toru Ishiguro, Katsumasa Suzuki
•Introductory listing and initial public offering of Tosei Corporation at SGX. Partner: Kensuke Ambe
•Issuance of $2,485,000,000 4½% Senior Notes due 2020 and €625,000,000 4⅝% Senior Notes due 2020 by SOFTBANK Corp. in conjunction with its Sprint Nextel acquisition. Partner: Taro Omoto
•IPO global offering of Suntory Beverage & Food Limited. Partners: Toru Ishiguro, Taro Omoto
Contact: Toru Ishiguro
Tel: +81 3 6212 8318
Email: toru.ishiguro@mhmjapan.com

Asset Management:
•Global Offering of Investment Units by Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation. Partners: Harume Nakano, Taro Omoto
•Global Offering of Investment Units of Kenedix Residential Investment Corporation. Partners: Harume Nakano, Yasuhiko Fujitsu
•Global IPO and First Follow-on Global Offering of Investment Units of Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc. Partners: Harume Nakano, Taro Omoto
•Global IPO of Investment Units of AEON REIT Investment Corporation. Partner: Yasuhiko Fujitsu
•Establishment and offering of Mega Solar Power Plant Fund. Partner: Ken Miura
Contact: Yasuzo Takeno
Tel: +81 3 5220 1844
Email: yasuzo.takeno@mhmjapan.com

Structured Finance/Project Finance:
•SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and consortium - JPY122 billion PFI Project for Space Satellites originated by Ministry of Defense. Partners: Takeshi Mukawa, Hiroki Aoyama
•Tokyo Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd. - Mega Solar Fund. Partner: Ken Miura
•SOFTBANK Corp. - JPY 1.65 trillion WBS. Partners: Akira Mauro, Takahiro Kobayashi
•Ministry of Finance - Securitisation of FILP receivables through Master Trust. Partners: Masanori Sato, Takahiro Kobayashi
Contact: Masanori Sato
Tel: +81 3 5223 7726
Email: masanori.sato@mhmjapan.com

Banking & Insurance:
•Issuance of the 38th, 41st and 42nd Unsecured Straight Corporate Bond by SOFTBANK Corp. Partner: Akira Marumo
•Advised Renesas Electronics Corporation on a syndicated loan. Partner: Akiko Sueoka
Contact: Akira Marumo
Tel: +81 3 5223 7738
Email: akira.marumo@mhmjapan.com

Intellectual Property:
•Representing Buffalo Inc. and other defendants in defending a patent infringement case. Partner: Takuya Iizuka
•Representing Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in defending a patent infringement case. Partners: Takuya Iizuka, Hiroki Saito
•Acting for Nippon Television Network Corporation in two cases in Supreme Court (Maneki TV case and Roku-Raku II case). Both were the first cases in which the Supreme Court declared that the one-to-one retransmission of TV broadcasting and recording of TV constitutes infringement of copyrights and neighbouring rights. Partners: Hiroki Saito, Tetsushi Kamimura
Contact: Yutaka Miyoshi
Tel: +81 3 5223 7749
Email: yutaka.miyoshi@mhmjapan.com

Venture Capital:
•Acting for various domestic and international venture capital funds (including Innovation Network Corporation of Japan and its affiliated funds) in their preferred or common stock investment in pre-IPO companies
•Advising on the formation of numerous venture capital funds, including technology focused Mobile Internet Capital, Inc. and Energy & Environment Investment, Inc.
Contact: Hajime Tanahashi
Tel: +81 3 5223 7733
Email: hajime.tanahashi@mhmjapan.com

Litigation & Arbitration:
•Acting for Nippon Television Network Corporation in two cases in the Supreme Court (Maneki TV case and Roku-Raku II case). Partners: Hiroki Saito, Tetsushi Kamimura
•Representing Nissan Shatai Co., Ltd. on a lawsuit for injunction. Partners: Toru Ishiguro, Gaku Ishiwata, Junichi Tobimatsu, Atsuko Taishido
Contact: Junichi Tobimatsu
Tel: +81 3 5223 7760
Email: junichi.tobimatsu@mhmjapan.com

Insolvency:
•Representation of Sotsu Co., Ltd. regarding the sale of its TV shopping business to Transcosmos Inc. Partner: Ryota Yamasaki
•Represented The Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd. in filing its petition for reorganisation proceedings. Partner: Tadaaki Matsumura
•Micron Technology, Inc. - acquisition of Elpida Memory, Inc. in connection with Elpida’s corporate reorganisation proceedings. Partners: Hajime Tanahashi, Junichi Tobimatsu, Airo Inoue, Koji Toshima
Contact: Junichi Tobimatsu
Tel: +81 3 5223 7760
Email: junichi.tobimatsu@mhmjapan.com

Tax:
•Applied Materials, Inc. - merger with Tokyo Electron Ltd. Partners: Yuto Matsumura, Atsushi Oishi, Koji Toshima, Rintaro Shinohara
•Hitachi Ltd. - forming a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. by merging their thermal power generation systems businesses. Partners: Atsushi Oishi, Hideki Utsunomiya
•DeNA Co Ltd. – advising on the tax aspects of its acquisition of ngmoco, Inc. Partners: Hajime Tanahashi, Atsushi Oishi
Contact: Atsushi Oishi
Tel: +81 3 5223 7767
Email: atsushi.oishi@mhmjapan.com

Areas of Practice

  • General Corporate
  • M&A
  • Capital Markets
  • Asset Management
  • Securitisation & Asset Finance
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Venture Capital
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Insolvency
  • Tax

Branches

  • Marunouchi Park Building,
  • 2-6-1 Marunouchi,
  • Chiyoda-ku,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 100-8222
  • Tel +81 3 6212 8330
  • Fax +81 3 6212 8230
  • Email : mhm_info@mhmjapan.com
  • Website : www.mhmjapan.com
  • 9th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building,
  • 1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-Ku,
  • Fukuoka,
  • Fukuoka-ken
  • Japan
  • 801-0001
  • Tel +81 92 739 8140
  • Fax +81 92 739 8141
  • Suite 913,
  • Beijing Fortune Building,
  • 5 Dong San Huan Bei Lu,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100004
  • Tel +86 10 6590 9292
  • Fax +86 10 6590 9290
  • 6th Floor, Hang Seng Bank Tower,
  • 1000 Lujiazui Ring Road,
  • Pudong New Area,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200120
  • Tel +86 21 6841 2500
  • Fax +86 21 6841 2811
  • 16 Raffles Quay #16-04,
  • Hong Leong Building ,
  • Singapore,
  • Singapore Island
  • Singapore
  • 048581
  • Tel +65 6593 9750
  • Fax +65 6593 9751

Corporate/M&A - China

Previously based in Tokyo, the Shanghai-based Yoshio Iteya is lauded for his ability to "quickly grasp what the client wants." Recent highlights include advising Asahi Group Holdings USD1.488 billion acquisition of an outstanding interest in Calpis from Ajinomoto. "He is to the point and has a lot of experience," enthused another source.

Shigehiko Ishimoto previously served as chief representative of the firm's Beijing office for nearly a decade. Now back in Tokyo, he continues to utilise his Chinese language skills and local knowledge when advising clients on China-related matters. He has broad knowledge of M&A and has also been involved in project financing, restructuring and IP issues.

Foreign Desks Described by a client as being "very strong on China” work, this Tokyo-based team is known for its skilled handling of complex regulatory matters and its knowledge across a range of sectors. Its service is further bolstered by its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Shigehiko Ishimoto is the key contact.

Banking & Finance - Japan

Satoko Kuwabara is singled out by sources for her exceptional strength in handling cross-border M&A financings.

Masanori Sato frequently works with major international clients on structured finance transactions.

Toru Ishiguro is highly respected, particularly for advising foreign clients on regulatory matters, drawing on his expertise as a former member of the Financial System Council.

Takahiro Kobayashi focuses his practice on LBO and structured finance matters. He recently advised SoftBank on the acquisition of Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome, a cross-border deal involving the government of Singapore.

Peers recognise Eriko Ozawa as a prominent figure in the market. She is known primarily for her experience of real estate finance and structured finance, and is further appreciated for being client-friendly and staying calm under pressure.

Capital Markets - Japan

With nearly 30 years of experience in capital markets Masanori Sato is renowned for his securitisation practice. He recently advised Nippon Life Insurance on its first hybrid security issuance; step-up callable subordinated notes valued at USD2 billion.

Katsumasa Suzuki is recognised as "a main player" in the debt and equity markets. He advised the Japanese Ministry of Finance and Japan Tobacco (JT) on the global issuance of the government's shares in JT, and the repurchase of the shares by JT.

Toru Ishiguro's recent work includes advising Makino Milling Machine when it issued JPY12 billion of convertible bonds in the European markets. The bonds were listed on the Singapore Exchange. Sources commented that "he's very talented and experienced," stressing that "he is undoubtedly one of the top players in the market."

Harume Nakano is respected for her accomplished handling of J-REIT matters. By way of illustration, she advised Prologis on the establishment and IPO of a J-REIT, with assessed assets valued at USD2 billion.

Yasuhiko Fujitsu has a notable presence in the REIT market, and also advises on hybrid securities, especially in the insurance sector. She advised Nichias Corporation on the issuance of JPY10 billion of convertible bonds which were sold in the Swiss market under Regulation S of the US Securities and Exchange Act.

Satoshi Nakamura is known to be particularly skilled in samurai bond matters. He was seconded to the Japan International Co-operation Agency as an expert on the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act to promote corporate law development in China. 

Eriko Ozawa advised GE Japan on its co-investment programme with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board into Tokyo office buildings. Peers note his established securitisation practice.

Takahiro Kobayashi is regarded as "an expert in securitisation, particularly as it relates to project finance." He has a particular focus on transactions in the energy sector, including renewable energy.

Corporate/M&A - Japan

Gaku Ishiwata recently counselled Unison Capital Group on the sale of sushi bar operator Akindo Sushiro to UK-based private equity firm Permir, in a deal valued at USD1 billion. Sources praise his commerciality and observe that he is a well-known figure in the market.

Satoko Kuwabara is regarded by clients as an experienced lawyer, while peers also have great respect for her practice. She recently represented Jupiter Telecommunications (JCOM) in relation to the purchase of JCOM shares by NJ Corporation and KDDI in a JPY221 billion deal.

Shin Kikuchi maintains a strong reputation for his work in the domestic corporate sphere. He is recognised for his ability to provide clients with practical advice.

Hajime Tanahashi is lauded as "very good and sensible" by peers, who add: "He's a safe pair of hands." He recently represented Micron in its USD2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida.

Yuto Matsumura is appreciated by clients for his international focus: "He collaborates with foreign firms, and has good relationships with US and European firms in particular."

Also well known for his strong tax practice, Atsushi Oishi is praised by clients in the domestic corporate space for being "timely and very realistic on fees." He recently acted as joint-lead counsel to SoftBank regarding its USD1.9 million agreement with eAccess, through which the latter entity became SoftBank's wholly owned subsidiary.

Tomohiro Tsuchiya recently acted for Renesas Electronics on its USD3.86 billion acquisition by an investor group that included Nissan, Panasonic, Toyota, Canon and Nikon, among others.

Clients report that Satoshi Kawai has "extensive knowledge of the Japanese financial sector, especially for insurance," adding: "He is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Japan."

Shigehiko Ishimoto heads the Tokyo office's China desk. He was chief representative in the firm's Beijing office until 2010 and continues to handle a range of Chinese transactions including M&A and restructuring matters.

Yoshio Iteya is the key partner of the firm’s Shanghai office and has been described as "a pioneer" in cross-border transactions between China and Japan. He travels frequently between the two countries, and remains involved in numerous high-stakes matters - for example, he recently assisted Asahi Group Holdings on its acquisition of Calpis from Ajinomoto.

Foreign Desks This pioneering Tokyo-based China desk continues to lead the way in cutting-edge, cross-border transactions. The Tokyo team works closely with its colleagues in the firm's Beijing and Shanghai offices on a range of complex matters. Takuya Eguchi and Shigehiko Ishimoto are the key contact partners.

Dispute Resolution - Japan

Shanghai-based Yoshio Iteya has over three decades of litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience, and is also a published authority on Chinese-Japanese cross-jurisdictional issues, with a distinguished academic pedigree.

Intellectual Property - Japan

Masayuki Matsuda specialises in international copyright protection issues and has represented many blue-chip companies. He is also a visiting professor at two prestigious Japanese law schools.

Koichiro Iida is recognised by peers as a skilled litigator and a particularly "high-quality" practitioner. He focuses on the IT and entertainment sectors and in addition to his Japanese qualifications, he has experience of practising in the USA and is admitted to practise in California.

Yutaka Miyoshi is well known as a patent litigator, and has worked with household name clients on high-profile international IP transactions and contentious issues. He is admitted to practise in New York and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Association.