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Japan: Litigation 2017

This year’s research sees 16 leading litigation experts from across nine firms highlighted for their skills in complex dispute resolution matters for domestic and international companies.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Isomi Suzuki Koga & Partners, Tokyo
2. Kazuki Okada Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Tokyo
3. Hiroyuki Tezuka Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo

ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE, one of the “Big Four” law firms in Japan, performs well in our research with three lawyers listed.
Kenichi Sadaka is a litigation specialist with a wealth of experience representing Japanese and international companies in practice areas such as intellectual property, labour and international trade.
Well regarded for his extensive experience in international and domestic litigation, Yoshimasa Furuta is a leader in the field, particularly in areas such as IP, corporate law and labour and employment.
Hiroki Wakabayashi is a highly skilled expert in international litigation, who receives acclaim from commentators for his top-tier dispute resolution practice.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER sees two litigation experts listed this year.
Kazuki Okada is “an excellent litigation lawyer”, according to sources, and boasts extensive experience acting for domestic and international companies in areas such as labour and employment and financial regulatory law.
Naoki Kinami enjoys a strong reputation in the market as “a great litigator” and frequently represents major national and international financial institutions.

Two leaders from KOGA & PARTNERS are also identified in this chapter.
Isomi Suzuki has a well-established practice in commercial litigation. He enjoys “a strong reputation for his seniority” and is praised by sources for his exceptional advocacy work.
Yoichiro Yamakawa is a skilful litigator renowned for his adept handling of high-profile cases for some of Japan’s leading media companies.

NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU achieves two listings this year.
Hisaya Kimura receives widespread praise for his “excellent” commercial litigation practice. He is commended by clients for his superb work representing both domestic and foreign clients.
Masahiro Matsuoka is a prominent advocate with a longstanding reputation in the market. He regularly acts for clients in a wide range of areas including product liability, environmental torts and M&A disputes.

Hiroyuki Tezuka of NISHIMURA & ASAHI is a highly regarded practitioner with impeccable knowledge and skill in international dispute resolution.
Akihiro Hironaka is also recognised in this chapter for terrific advocacy work, most notably in the product liability defence space.

Tasuku Matsuo at MATSUO & KOSUGI is a renowned lawyer who has been a key player on the frontlines of international and domestic litigation for more than 40 years. 

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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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