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Japan: Life Sciences 2017

This chapter sees 12 life sciences lawyers recognised as leading figures in the practice in Japan, with expertise in handling transactional, regulatory, patent litigation and product liability matters in the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Kensuke Suzuki Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo
2. Eiji Katayama Abe Ikubo & Katayama, Tokyo
3. Seiji Ohno Ohno & Partners, Tokyo

Leading national law firm NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU boasts the pre-eminent life sciences team in the country, achieving three listings this year.
Kenji Utsumi is a transactions expert recognised by peers and clients alike for his exceptional work in relation to life sciences M&A matters.
Kensuke Suzuki frequently represents both Japanese and international clients and is recognised for his excellent handling of cross-border matters.
Ryoichi Mimura is a leader in the life sciences IP space and is highly respected by respondents for his longstanding position in the market.

Two standout practitioners at TMI ASSOCIATES are noted for their expertise in the space.
Toshiharu Furukawa is highly recommended for his top-tier practice which encompasses pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology matters. He is highly sought after by clients who commend his keen market awareness and commercial acumen.
Satoru Nagasaka is a widely recognised name in the field and receives high praise from peers for his expertise in a range of life sciences matters including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

At ABE IKUBO & KATAYAMA, two practitioners are recommended.
Eiji Katayama is “very famous in the field of patent litigation” and receives plaudits for his superb practice.
Mami Hino is a longstanding and distinguished figure in the Japanese market and is considered a real specialist when it comes to IP matters.

At OHNO & PARTNERS, name partner Seiji Ohno is “revered in the market” by sources who consider him an outstanding patent litigator. He is also highly respected for his fantastic work in licensing matters.

KITAMURA & MAKIYAMA’s founder Miguel Masaru Kitamura is widely respected for his impressive client base. He boasts extensive experience advising the Japanese government on high-technology industries including pharmaceuticals.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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