Firm profile submitted by Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Managing Partners: Hajime Tanahashi, Koichiro Iida, Yuto Matsumura
Number of partners: 106
Number of lawyers: 446
International Offices: Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Myanmar,
Languages:Japanese, English, Mandarin, French, German, Korean, Thai, Bahasa (Malay and Indonesia), Myanmar, Vietnamese
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) is one of the largest full-service Japan headquartered law firms. A significant proportion of the firm’s work is international in nature, representing clients in cross border transactions, litigation and other dispute resolution proceedings. The firm has more than 446 lawyers and 480 support staff (including patent attorneys, licensed tax accountants, advisors, legal assistants, translators and secretaries). The firm’s senior lawyers include a number of highly respected practitioners and leaders from the Japanese and international legal community, including a former secretary general of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, prominent law professors from the University of Tokyo and previous Prosecutor-Generals of the Public Prosecutors Office.
The firm also has experienced lawyers qualified from non-Japanese jurisdictions, such as the US, England and Wales, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Thailand.
MHM has expanded domestically by opening offices in Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya. The firm has established a strong presence in Asia by opening offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Yangon and an MHM ‘Jakarta Desk’ in the AKSET Law offices. The leading law firm in Thailand, Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Limited integrated its operations with the Bangkok office on 1st January 2017 under the name Chandler MHM Limited. Such wide-ranging expertise and diversified experience enable the firm to provide clients exemplary service in a timely and efficient manner.
The firm’s recent representations have included:
■ KKR in its acquisition of Calsonic Kansei, Corporation
■ Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the execution of a strategic alliance agreement with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. under which Nissan will take a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors for JPY237 billion
■ JX Holdings in its integration of the energy business with TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. by means of a share exchange
■ Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. in its consolidation with Toyota Motor Corporation by means of a share exchange
■ Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Ci:z Holdings, the parent company of the Dr.Ci:Labo skin care brand
■ Mitsui Life Insurance Company Limited in the JPY334.5 billion management integration with Nippon Life Insurance Company by means of a tender offer and subsequent squeeze-out
■ Kirin Holdings (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in the USD560 million acquisition of Fraser & Neave’s majority stake in Myanmar Brewery Limited
■ Daikin Industries Ltd. in the USD3.7 billion acquisition of Goodman Global Group, Inc., the US-based manufacturer and distributor of air-conditioning equipment
■ Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd., and Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd. in the JPY1.43 trillion concurrent global initial public offering of all three governmentowned issuers
■ SoftBank Group Corporation in its USD4 billion global bond offering
■ Toyota Motor Corporation in its issuance of Class AA shares, which have unique and unprecedented features including, among others, the combination of fixed dividends and transfer restrictions
■ Takara Leben Co. in the initial public offering of Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund, the first listed infrastructure fund in Japan
■ SoftBank Group Corporation in its financings for the acquisition of Sprint NexTel Corporation (JPY1.98 trillion permanent loan) and ARM Holdings (JPY1 trillion bridge loan)
■ Bain Capital Private Equity in its acquisition financings for Macromill Inc. (USD500 million) and Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Co, Ltd.
■ Accordia Golf Trust in its initial public offering of business trust units on the Singapore Stock Exchange and entire related financing scheme related.
■ Lenders in the JPY76 billion project financing for an LNG plant (categorised as the largest class of Japanese GTCC power plants)
■ Micron Technologies, Inc. in sponsoring the restructuring of Elpida Memory through a Japanese and US court supervised restructuring procedure
■ Eksportfinans ASA, a Norwegian financial institution, in its successful defence of a lawsuit filed in Japan by US investment funds alleging a default in respect of samurai bonds
■ Buffalo Inc. and other defendants in the successful defence of patent infringement litigation in Japan involving USB devices, as well as a successful action against the plaintiff for patent invalidation