Japan: TMT 2017

In this section, we highlight 12 leading practitioners who are internationally renowned for their extensive knowledge and experience in media, technology and telecommunications. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yoshifumi Onodera Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
2. Masaya Hirano TMI Associates, Tokyo
3. Akihito Nakamachi Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo

TMI ASSOCIATES tops our research this year with three outstanding practitioners listed.
Masaya Hirano is internationally praised by sources for his “excellent written and verbal communication skills” as well as his “efficient work and exceptional attention to detail”.
Atsushi Igarashi is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of technology law and his impressive litigation work, particularly in relation to complex cross-border disputes.
Masakazu Iwakura is recommended for his vast experience in a wide range of IT and telecommunications matters.

Big four law firm MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO boasts two listings in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Yoshifumi Onodera is the leading TMT practitioner in the country and is regarded as a “consummate professional” by one commentator. He is particularly commended for his dispute resolution practice, which deals with a range of matters including disputes in IT systems development and data protection.
Masakazu Masujima draws praise from international respondents for his wide-ranging knowledge of IT and data protection matters.

Full-service national firm ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE also sees two exceptional practitioners highlighted.
Akihito Nakamachi is considered “famous in this area”, standing out for his technology transactional experience. He represents domestic and international clients operating in a variety of industries including software, e-commerce and telecommunications.
Takashi Nakazaki is a clear leader in the field with a wide range of IT and telecommunications experience. He has assisted many established and start-up companies in areas including telecom regulations, software development and digital forensics.

Naoko Mizukoshi of ENDEAVOUR LAW OFFICE boasts longstanding experience advising global corporations in IT matters and is highly respected by peers and clients alike.

Tsuneo Sato at CITY-YUWA PARTNERS is internationally recognised for his extensive expertise and experience in technology transfer agreements.

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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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