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Competition/Antitrust — Japan


Anderson Mori & Tomotsune - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Top-tier practice offering expertise on the gamut of competition issues, including merger filings, leniency applications and international cartel investigations. Offers plentiful experience appearing before the Japan Free Trade Commission as well as other major antitrust forums. Also offers advice to clients on negotiations with the US Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission.

Strengths "They are a very good firm in this area," notes one commentator, while another adds: "They are very focused and very practical, and we find we work very well if we need to provide joint advice."

Work highlights Continues to act for Qualcomm on the ongoing investigation by the JFTC into alleged violations of the Antimonopoly Act relating to the licensing provisions of mobile phone manufacturers.

Assisted Bunka Shutter regarding a cease and desist order and the surcharge order imposed by the JFTC relating to price fixing.

Notable practitioners

Hideto Ishida is hailed by sources as "one of the best antitrust lawyers." His area of strength centres around merger filings and he routinely attracts mandates from clients in a range of sectors including electronics and pharmaceuticals. He also offers a wealth of knowledge in investigations concerning price fixing and bid rigging.

Observers are swift to report that Yusuke Nakano is "recognised as a leading lawyer" and is "really smart." He excels in acting on cross-border merger filings and in securing clearances on joint ventures. He acted for Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping on obtaining antitrust immunity for their 2M alliance.

Vassili Moussis specialises in advising Japanese clients on a wide spectrum of EU competition law including merger control and cartel investigations. In a recent highlight, he played an integral role in assisting Silicon Graphics International with its merger clearance filing in Japan for its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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Hibiya Sogo Law Office - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Top-league boutique firm specialising in antitrust and competition matters. Garners praise for its ability to offer support in litigations and JFTC investigation, including cases brought against individual employees.

Strengths The team is strongly praised for its prowess in this arena: "They are one of the best firms in antitrust, and they do excellent work."

The firm is hailed for its vast experience in antitrust matters. One observer notes: "They seem like a walking dictionary kind of law firm and they can offer a good angle which is not covered by other lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Tsutomu Nakato is, according to observers, a "veteran" who has "huge experience in antitrust work." He is highly proficient in drawing upon his extensive knowledge in this field and is particularly skilled in behavioural prohibition issues.

Toshiaki Tada enjoys a stellar reputation for his depth of expertise in competition law. "He is great," says one commentator, while another adds: "He is very reasonable and easy to work with." He particularly excels in cartel investigations.

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Highly esteemed practice that is regularly called upon to act on merger reviews following cross-border acquisitions and cartel investigations involving domestic corporations. Bolstered by the expertise of former JFTC officials within the team. Offers advice on sanctions and administrative orders issued by the JFTC.

Strengths "They are one of the top firms in Japan," remarks one observer who adds: "They are extremely clever and extremely well connected."

They are also endorsed by another commentator who states: "They have a very good reputation in the field of antitrust and they have very experienced and very thoughtful lawyers."

Work highlights Represented JX Holdings and Showa Shell Sekiyu in securing approval for their respective mergers in the oil industry.

Assisted Mitsubishi Motors with the JPY230 billion multi-jurisdictional merger filing relating to the acquisition of shares in Nissan Motor.

Notable practitioners

Sources widely identify Kenji Ito as a "very good antitrust lawyer with experience working at the JFTC." He excels in securing merger clearance and has advised Minebea on securing approval for its merger with Mitsumi which formed MinebeaMitsumi.

Hideki Utsunomiya is described as a "very good antitrust lawyer who is very experienced" and is "very business-minded." He is routinely mandated by domestic and international corporations to assist in securing approvals on acquisitions and joint ventures. He is also well versed in internal investigations.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Respected team well versed in transactional and investigatory matters, including cartels, anti-monopoly cases and merger reviews. Counsel to manufacturers and electronic companies with strengths in tackling issues involving the US DOJ. Works with foreign offices to offer seamless assistance on EU antitrust issues.

Strengths Observers single out the firm as one of the "best law firms among the international firms, with well-known antitrust lawyers."

Clients also value its "extremely practical advice" in complex cross-border antitrust matters.

Work highlights Assisted Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo with the merger filing for its acquisition of Metalor Technologies International.

Acted for Sumitomo on securing approval for its joint venture with Japan Steel Works and Gerdau.

Notable practitioners

Kei Amemiya is a popular choice for corporations in merger filings and has acted for Toshiba on antitrust aspects concerning its global carve-out and sale of its home appliance business to Midea. He is also noted for his depth of expertise in cartels and unfair competition and can draw upon his previous experience as an investigator at the JFTC.

Kentaro Hirayama is singled out as a "very smart guy" who is "recommended for his expertise in competition law." His broad practice includes acting on abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. He also acted for Renesas Electronics on the USD3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil.

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Morrison & Foerster’s Japan antitrust practice advises clients on a wide range of antitrust matters, including transactions and agency investigations. Our work includes cartel, monopolization, unfair trade practices and administrative fine (kachokin) cases as well as merger reviews. In addition, our antitrust lawyers in Tokyo provide counseling to clients on a wide variety of issues, such as pricing policies, intellectual property licensing, patent pools, distribution arrangements, trade associations, unfair trade and deceptive advertising issues, and antitrust compliance programs.
Our capabilities extend beyond Japan-specific matters, and we have a strong global platform to provide advice to clients on multi-jurisdictional issues. Our Tokyo antitrust attorneys work closely with our antitrust teams in Brussels and Washington, D.C. to provide coordinated global representation and advice.

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for A go-to group for domestic and international corporates for securing JFTC clearances on cross-border M&A transactions including Phase 1 and 2 approvals. Also possesses noteworthy expertise in cartel investigations, and assists companies with investigations into unfair trade practices.

Strengths The team wins praise for its depth of expertise in cross-border antitrust issues. One observer remarks: "They are an excellent law firm. They are extremely knowledgeable and are very strategic in the way they look at matters. They also makes the clients feel very comfortable."

Another interviewee confirms: "They are very knowledgeable and not only about competition law but also international norms as well."

Work highlights Represented Komatsu in merger filings relating to its USD2.9 billion acquisition of Joy Global.

Assisted MMC with the merger clearance application for its JPY35 billion acquisition of the special products division of Luvata.

Notable practitioners

Eriko Watanabe heads the team and holds a wealth of experience in antitrust matters including complex merger controls. Her expertise is bolstered by her time as a deputy director of the Fair Trade Commission, and she is particularly favoured by multinational corporations for her ability to leverage her global expertise when providing advice.

Kaoru Hattori is favoured as she "instils great confidence in clients." She is also endorsed by a source who reports: "She is very smart and tries to explain matters very calmly." She has an enviable portfolio of work which includes working on cartel investigations and unfair competition issues. She also handles cross-border merger control cases.

Yoshitoshi Imoto is "a very smart guy," who is "very good at co-ordinating very complex litigation." He features prominently in assisting Japanese corporations with antitrust matters concerning the USA and is "very good at translating advice from US counsel and making the clients understand the US system." He is also skilled in handling cartel investigations and litigation.

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Nagashima Ohno & Tusnematsu’s antitrust practice is unique in that its antitrust lawyers not only possess widely recognised, in-depth expertise and highly specialised knowledge of the antimonopoly law, but also a wealth of broad and deep practice experience in all other areas of legal practice that intersect with antitrust-related laws, in both domestic and cross-border matters.

For more details, please visit our website http://www.noandt.com/en/practice/index.html.

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Nishimura & Asahi - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Widely acknowledged as a leading name in merger clearance and cartel cases, both domestic and international. Houses additional expertise in handling deregulation and market liberalisation matters. Regularly works on merger filings in respect of domestic and cross-border acquisitions. Excels in assisting clients with Phase II merger investigations.

Strengths The team is singled out by clients, who value the "excellent lawyers who are committed to their clients and their high level of service."

"They provide a supreme legal service. They don't just provide legal interpretation but propose extremely rational and practical solutions," remarks another client.

Work highlights Advised NSSMC on the merger filing and remedial measures relating to its acquisition of shares in Nisshin Steel through a takeover bid.

Acted for Road Pavement Construction following bid rigging claims concerning the tender to reconstruct the highways damaged by the East Japan great earthquake for East Nippon Expressway.

Notable practitioners

Kozo Kawai is hailed as a "rainmaker" who is "very knowledgeable and extremely experienced." He offers advice on both cartel matters and merger filings. He played a central role in assisting Kawasaki-Line with allegations of cartel conduct before various authorities and in US class actions.

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Atsumi & Sakai - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Flourishing practice respected for its involvement in work on cartel investigations, both domestic and international. Frequently instructed by domestic clients in the car and parts, manufacturing, shipping and financial services sectors on highly contentious matters. Also excels in merger reviews and compliance programmes as well as leniency applications and dawn raids.

Strengths Clients report that they are impressed by the team's "special knowledge and considerable experience."

Notable practitioners

Setsuko Yufu leads the practice and has a wealth of experience in cross-border investigations as well as audits. Sources single her out for her "wide range of knowledge and expertise," and highlight that she is also "renowned in EU competition law."

Tatsuo Yamashima is frequently instructed to assist with complex investigations centring on abuse of dominant position and cartel issues. "He is a good lawyer when it comes to cartel matters," says one observer who adds: "He is also extremely knowledgeable about leniency practices."

Saori Hanada specialises in handling a full spectrum of antitrust matters including cartel investigation, audits and civil enforcements. She is also adept in assisting manufacturers with leniency and dawn raid cases.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Competition/Antitrust Department

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第二等

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What the team is known for Highly reputed practice recognised for its leading merger filing capabilities. Assists pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and trading houses, and noted for its expert handling of cartel investigations and global compliance programmes.

Strengths Freshfields is favoured by clients as it "always provides us with legal services of the highest quality."

"They are strong, especially on EU matters," highlights another source.

Work highlights Advised JX Holdings on the JPY646 billion merger filing related to its business integration with TonenGeneral Sekiyu.

Acted for Boehringer Ingelheim on securing merger clearance with the JFTC following its EUR22.8 billion strategic global swap of its consumer healthcare business with Sanofi.

Notable practitioners

Kaori Yamada is described as a "really good antitrust lawyer who is very knowledgeable especially about EU competition." "She gives very practical advice," says one client, while another adds: "She is always reliable and is well experienced in any and all antitrust matters." Her recent highlights include working on merger filings, including for Hapag-Lloyd on the antitrust aspects of its USD5.4 billion merger with United Arab Shipping.

Takeshi Nakao maintains a broad practice focusing on M&A transactions and is also "very active in merger controls." His recent work highlights include acting for Sumitomo Metal Mining on the merger filing for its USD1 billion stake purchase in the Morenci copper mine. He is also skilled in advising clients on issues concerning regulatory risks and vertical restrictions.

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Momo-o Matsuo & Namba - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Respected team highlighted for its prowess in antitrust compliance issues and merger filing reviews. Sought out for its ability to act as lead counsel in global cartel investigations.

Notable practitioners

Nobuaki Mukai is "very experienced and provides well thought-out opinions especially on cross-border matters," remarks one interviewee. He is active in tackling international cartel cases and has experience acting for clients from the shipping and automotive sectors as well as manufacturing.

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Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Maintains a distinguished reputation for acting on abuse of dominance cases, and also ably handles merger filings. Represents a solid client base of electronic and telecommunications companies in the Kansai region and beyond. Roster of work includes assisting with JFTC investigations concerning bid rigging and violation of the Antimonopoly Act.

Strengths The team is praised by clients, who state that they are "good at antitrust." They also value the team's ability to "quickly understand the points and the core of the issues."

Work highlights Acted for NTN on issues concerning monopoly and follow-on damage claims relating to the sale of industrial machinery bearings and automotive bearings.

Continues to represent Kyocera in a dispute with Hemlock Semiconductor concerning long-term purchase agreements and the abuse of a superior bargaining position.

Notable practitioners

Tetsuya Nagasawa is a "very prominent antitrust lawyer," who garners high praise from peers and clients for his prowess in tackling cartel and abuse of dominance matters. One source also adds that he is "very experienced and his expertise is commendable." His recent highlights include acting for Edion on issues concerning the abuse of a superior bargaining position.

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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Solid practice active in a range of competition and antitrust matters, including merger filings and multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations. Leverages its well-regarded international network to assist domestic companies with issues involving China's National Development & Reform Commission, and European and other major authorities across the globe. Well versed in acting for trading houses and automotive and electrical companies. Offers advice on gun jumping investigations by the JFTC.

Strengths The team's practicality and tailored assistance are widely praised by clients. One client says: "They stand in the client's position and take into account the circumstances. They offer advice and practical solutions from a highly specialised prospective."

Work highlights Represented Okaya Electric Industries in the USD500 million global cartel investigation into capacitor products and follow-on damage claims arising in the USA and Canada.

Advised Yamada Manufacturing on competition investigations brought by the JFTC in Japan, DOJ in the US and CADE in Brazil, which related to suspected cartel conduct in relation to automobile steering systems.

Notable practitioners

Akira Inoue "has significant knowledge of antitrust law," remarks one commentator. He is highly proficient in assisting with cartel investigations, and sources also single him out for his scholarly contributions in the field.

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Jones Day - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for its abilities in global merger filings and cartel investigations before the US DOJ and the EC, as well as the JFTC. A diverse client base includes leading domestic corporations active in sectors such as automotive parts, chemicals and manufacturing. Areas of focus include bid-rigging and price-fixing investigations and US civil litigation. Works in conjunction with foreign offices to provide global assistance on multi-jurisdictional issues.

Work highlights Acted for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals as antitrust counsel for its acquisition of Cynapsus Therapeutics for approximately USD635 million.

Assisted Linear Technology with the antitrust issues associated with its sale to Analog Devices, which required coordination across the firms offices in Japan, the US and Europe.

Notable practitioners

Hiromitsu Miyakawa is endorsed as a "good and very capable lawyer," with deep expertise acting on a myriad of antitrust matters. One client also adds: "He was very considerate in understanding the client's business perspectives and in dealing with difficult legal issues."

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Acts for both companies and individual executives from Japanese and overseas markets, including working in conjunction with experts in the USA to offer advice on US-based antitrust investigations. Advises on areas including price fixing and collusion. Additional expertise in post-merger matters including compliance and anti-corruption.

Strengths The team is roundly regarded as a "very good" practice, with one client adding that "their attention to detail is impeccable."

Work highlights Represented Hitachi LG Data Storage in a civil class action following allegations of price fixing in the optical drive sector.

Notable practitioners

Kaede Toh plays a central role in advising both corporations and private individuals in international investigations and civil class actions. She is also well versed in issues concerning anti-corruption and price fixing. She is endorsed by clients who state that she is "very knowledgeable in this area and is practical."

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Ropes & Gray’s global antitrust team offers top-flight representation across the full spectrum of antitrust matters. Built around veterans of the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, and including litigators and former prosecutors with deep antitrust experience, our global team has the experience, knowledge, and everyday understanding of business practices to help clients in all areas of antitrust law.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/antitrust.aspx

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White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Regularly mandated by domestic and international clients in cartel investigations, merger notifications and unfair trade practices in Japan. Also proficient in compliance, class actions and US government-led investigations. Skilled in negotiations with the JFTC on unfair trade practices issues. The team is bolstered by the former Secretary General of the JFTC, Hideo Nakajima, joining as a special adviser.

Work highlights Advised HNA Ecotech on securing merger clearance in a number of jurisdictions, including Japan, for its acquisition of BCP (Singapore) VI Cayman Acquisition Company.

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Toshio Dokei has a proven track record assisting with unfair competition and abuse of superior bargaining position investigations. He is also skilled in offering counsel to clients to secure JFTC approvals on mergers.

Seiji Niwa, who was promoted to counsel in January 2017, specialises in contentious antitrust matters including US investigations and class actions. His work also includes assisting trade groups with compliance matters.

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hideto Ishida is hailed by sources as "one of the best antitrust lawyers." His area of strength centres around merger filings and he routinely attracts mandates from clients in a range of sectors including electronics and pharmaceuticals. He also offers a wealth of knowledge in investigations concerning price fixing and bid rigging.

^ See whole ranking table

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sources widely identify Kenji Ito as a "very good antitrust lawyer with experience working at the JFTC." He excels in securing merger clearance and has advised Minebea on securing approval for its merger with Mitsumi which formed MinebeaMitsumi.

^ See whole ranking table

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Nishimura & Asahi

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kozo Kawai is hailed as a "rainmaker" who is "very knowledgeable and extremely experienced." He offers advice on both cartel matters and merger filings. He played a central role in assisting Kawasaki-Line with allegations of cartel conduct before various authorities and in US class actions.

^ See whole ranking table

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Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tetsuya Nagasawa is a "very prominent antitrust lawyer," who garners high praise from peers and clients for his prowess in tackling cartel and abuse of dominance matters. One source also adds that he is "very experienced and his expertise is commendable." His recent highlights include acting for Edion on issues concerning the abuse of a superior bargaining position.

^ See whole ranking table

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Observers are swift to report that Yusuke Nakano is "recognised as a leading lawyer" and is "really smart." He excels in acting on cross-border merger filings and in securing clearances on joint ventures. He acted for Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping on obtaining antitrust immunity for their 2M alliance.

^ See whole ranking table

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Hibiya Sogo Law Office

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tsutomu Nakato is, according to observers, a "veteran" who has "huge experience in antitrust work." He is highly proficient in drawing upon his extensive knowledge in this field and is particularly skilled in behavioural prohibition issues.

^ See whole ranking table

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Hibiya Sogo Law Office

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Toshiaki Tada enjoys a stellar reputation for his depth of expertise in competition law. "He is great," says one commentator, while another adds: "He is very reasonable and easy to work with." He particularly excels in cartel investigations.

^ See whole ranking table

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Eriko Watanabe heads the team and holds a wealth of experience in antitrust matters including complex merger controls. Her expertise is bolstered by her time as a deputy director of the Fair Trade Commission, and she is particularly favoured by multinational corporations for her ability to leverage her global expertise when providing advice.

^ See whole ranking table

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Yabuki Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kimitoshi Yabuki of Yabuki Law Offices is identified by sources as a "specialist in antitrust matters and very smart and knowledgeable." Another interviewee said: "He is a very good practitioner who is a standout player in the market." He has a proven track record in handling cartel investigations for domestic and international clients.

^ See whole ranking table

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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kei Amemiya is a popular choice for corporations in merger filings and has acted for Toshiba on antitrust aspects concerning its global carve-out and sale of its home appliance business to Midea. He is also noted for his depth of expertise in cartels and unfair competition and can draw upon his previous experience as an investigator at the JFTC.

^ See whole ranking table

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kaoru Hattori is favoured as she "instils great confidence in clients." She is also endorsed by a source who reports: "She is very smart and tries to explain matters very calmly." She has an enviable portfolio of work which includes working on cartel investigations and unfair competition issues. She also handles  cross-border merger control cases.

^ See whole ranking table

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vassili Moussis specialises in advising Japanese clients on a wide spectrum of EU competition law including merger control and cartel investigations. In a recent highlight, he played an integral role in assisting Silicon Graphics International with its merger clearance filing in Japan for its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

^ See whole ranking table

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Momo-o Matsuo & Namba

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nobuaki Mukai is "very experienced and provides well thought-out opinions especially on cross-border matters," remarks one interviewee. He is active in tackling international cartel cases and has experience acting for clients from the shipping and automotive sectors as well as manufacturing.

^ See whole ranking table

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Atsumi & Sakai

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Setsuko Yufu leads the practice and has a wealth of experience in cross-border investigations as well as audits. Sources single her out for her "wide range of knowledge and expertise," and highlight that she is also "renowned in EU competition law."

^ See whole ranking table

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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kentaro Hirayama is singled out as a "very smart guy" who is "recommended for his expertise in competition law." His broad practice includes acting on abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. He also acted for Renesas Electronics on the USD3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil.

^ See whole ranking table

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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Akira Inoue "has significant knowledge of antitrust law," remarks one commentator. He is highly proficient in assisting with cartel investigations, and sources also single him out for his scholarly contributions in the field. 

^ See whole ranking table

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Hiromitsu Miyakawa

Jones Day

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hiromitsu Miyakawa is endorsed as a "good and very capable lawyer," with deep expertise acting on a myriad of antitrust matters. One client also adds: "He was very considerate in understanding the client's business perspectives and in dealing with difficult legal issues."

^ See whole ranking table

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Hideki Utsunomiya

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hideki Utsunomiya is described as a "very good antitrust lawyer who is very experienced" and is "very business-minded." He  is routinely mandated by domestic and international corporations to assist in securing approvals on acquisitions and joint ventures. He is also well versed in internal investigations.

^ See whole ranking table

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kaori Yamada is described as a "really good antitrust lawyer who is very knowledgeable especially about EU competition." "She gives very practical advice," says one client, while another adds: "She is always reliable and is well experienced in any and all antitrust matters." Her recent highlights include working on merger filings, including for Hapag-Lloyd on the antitrust aspects of its USD5.4 billion merger with United Arab Shipping.

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Band 3

Atsumi & Sakai

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tatsuo Yamashima is frequently instructed to assist with complex investigations centring on abuse of dominant position and cartel issues. "He is a good lawyer when it comes to cartel matters," says one observer who adds: "He is also extremely knowledgeable about leniency practices."

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Band 4

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Toshio Dokei has a proven track record assisting with unfair competition and abuse of superior bargaining position investigations. He is also skilled in offering counsel to clients to secure JFTC approvals on mergers.

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Band 4

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Yoshitoshi Imoto is "a very smart guy," who is "very good at co-ordinating very complex litigation." He features prominently in assisting Japanese corporations with antitrust matters concerning the USA and is "very good at translating advice from US counsel and making the clients understand the US system." He is also skilled in handling cartel investigations and litigation.

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Takeshi Nakao maintains a broad practice focusing on M&A transactions and is also "very active in merger controls." His recent work highlights include acting for Sumitomo Metal Mining on the merger filing for its USD1 billion stake purchase in the Morenci copper mine. He is also skilled in advising clients on issues concerning regulatory risks and vertical restrictions.

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Band 4

Ropes & Gray

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kaede Toh plays a central role in advising both corporations and private individuals in international investigations and civil class actions. She is also well versed in issues concerning anti-corruption and price fixing. She is endorsed by clients who state that she is "very knowledgeable in this area and is practical."

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Up and Coming

Atsumi & Sakai

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Saori Hanada specialises in handling a full spectrum of antitrust matters including cartel investigation, audits and civil enforcements. She is also adept in assisting manufacturers with leniency and dawn raid cases.

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Up and Coming

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Seiji Niwa, who was promoted to counsel in January 2017, specialises in contentious antitrust matters including US investigations and class actions. His work also includes assisting trade groups with compliance matters.

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