Japan: Competition 2018

In this chapter we recognise 43 lawyers who stand out for their exceptional work handling a wide range of competition-related matters including cartels, merger filings, JFTC investigations and unilateral conduct cases.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yusuke Nakano Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo
2. Etsuko Hara Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo
3. Kenji Ito Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
4. Tsuyoshi Ikeda Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
5. Toshiaki Tada Hibiya Sogo Law Offices, Tokyo
6. Hideki Utsunomiya Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune performs well this year, achieving seven nominations here.
Yusuke Nakano stands out as the foremost competition lawyer in the country in our research, winning praise from sources who consider him “a key name” and “leader” in the market. 
Etsuko Hara is a highly respected figure in the competition arena who is internationally renowned for her “outstanding” work advising on cartel cases, merger filings and vertical issues.
Hideto Ishida is a long-standing fixture in the Japanese market and draws high praise for his expertise in M&A, cartels and JFTC-related investigations.
Vassili Moussis* is a top-tier lawyer who impresses market commentators with his strong understanding of international competition law, particularly relating to the EU.
Shigeyoshi Ezaki comes highly recommended by numerous international peers who highlight his top-notch work dealing with trade regulation and competition-related M&A and investigations.
Hiroki Kodate is a widely recognised name in the corporate sphere who impresses peers with his first-rate work on M&A-related competition matters.
Atsushi Yamada is “a competition specialist” who wins high praise from market sources for his excellent work on cartels and abuse of dominance matters. 

Nishimura & Asahi sees five practitioners recognised for their impressive work in the competition space.
Kozo Kawai is “very active in the merger control space”, say peers, who consider him “a leading lawyer” in the Japanese competition market.
Kojiro Fujii focuses his impressive practice on a wide array of competition-related matters, and is particularly adept at handling merger review, cartel and unilateral conduct cases.
Alvin Hiromasa Shiozaki is a well-established figure in the market who stands out among peers for his fantastic work in antitrust compliance and cartel matters across a range of sectors and industries. 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto receives four listings in this chapter.
Kenji Ito is a top name in the Japanese competition market, highlighted by sources for his excellent work handling complex merger filings. One source notes, “He has a very professional way of handling cases.”
Tsuyoshi Ikeda gains high praise from international sources for his work in the antitrust space, notably on cartel and bid-rigging cases, and is described by peers to be “a very bright lawyer”. 
Hideki Utsunomiya is widely respected in the competition space for his superb work dealing with an array of related issues from compliance matters to merger control and investigations.  
Kana Manabe also wins praise in this chapter for her top-notch competition law practice.

Hibiya Sogo Law Office sees four lawyers highlighted here.
Toshiaki Tada is “very famous among antitrust lawyers” according to respondents who note, “He is really recognised as one of the best lawyers in Japan.”
Koya Uemura continues to impress sources with his first-rate work handling abuse of dominance, merger control and cartel cases on behalf of clients.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu achieves four nominations this year.
Eriko Watanabe is “a leading name” in the competition market in Japan. She focuses her practice on a wide range of matters including merger control, investigations and related litigation.
Kaoru Hattori is “really good” when it comes to handling complex competition mandates according to sources, who particularly commend her impressive work on M&A-related matters.

Kaori Yamada at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer receives widespread plaudits for his work on merger control cases and is well versed in handling a range of competition law matters on behalf of clients before the JFTC. 
Takeshi Nakao is an up-and-coming practitioner who is well known for his impressive work handling M&A-related antitrust issues.

At Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Tetsuya Nagasawa is “a renowned and respected name” among peers who effuse, “He is very knowledgeable in abuse of superior bargaining position cases.”

Kimitoshi Yabuki at Yabuki Law Offices stands out as “an excellent antitrust lawyer” whose “arguments are always very good and very strong”. Peers praise his leading work both domestically and internationally, noting, “He highly deserves to be listed.”

At Hirayama Law Offices, Kentaro Hirayama is “a competition law specialist” who sources note “stands out among lawyers” in the field. They “think highly of him” for his first-class work on JFTC investigations in particular.

Atsumi & Sakai’s Setsuko Yufu is “very knowledgeable about EU competition law”, according to peers, who commend her for her “great reputation in the market”.

Kei Amemiya at Morrison & Foerster “absolutely deserves to be on the list” according to respondents who praise his strong experience dealing with monopolisation and cartel matters.

 

*foreign-qualified lawyer  

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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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