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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune boasts a stellar reputation in the Japanese market as one of the country’s leading law firms. It prides itself on the combined expertise and resources of its practices, which allows it to deliver a full-service offering to a broad client base. Furthermore, it is internationally renowned for its ability to successfully handle some of the country’s largest and most complex transactions. The firm also has an expansive presence in the wider East Asia region, with an additional Japanese office in Nagoya, as well as foreign offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok. 

The firm is widely recognised for its superb corporate capabilities, demonstrating the depth of its expertise with an impressive four listings in our M&A and governance chapter. The team regularly delivers “excellent counsel” to global financial institutions, funds and corporations on complex cross-border transactions. The “terrific” Hiroki Kodate possesses great legislative experience and knowledge, having worked on the modernisation of domestic corporate laws during his time at the Ministry of Justice. Alongside him, senior foreign counsel James Minamoto is well known for using his 20 years of experience in the country to assist foreign companies with inbound M&A.

Renowned for its particularly impressive competition group, the firm expertly handles a broad range of antitrust matters including JFTC proceedings, merger control and compliance. Many of its practitioners, such as the “brilliant” Hideto Ishida, possess first-hand experience working within the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), which according to clients, makes them an asset to any case. Additionally offering the international expertise of foreign attorneys, including “EU competition law specialist” Vassili Moussis, the firm provides “insightful and first-rate counsel” to clients on a global level.

When it comes to labour and employment matters, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is well equipped to handle the legal needs of both domestic and international clients. Its holistic offering encompasses regulation, compliance and immigration issues relating to the field. The practice area overlaps with the firm’s market-leading litigation practice, known for its skilful management of both corporate and commercial contentious and non-contentious matters. Yoshimasa Furuta emerges as the leading litigation lawyer in our research, renowned for his impressive trial experience relating to IP, TMT, financial and labour matters.

Franchise is also an area in which the firm excels, offering clients profound and extensive knowledge of domestic laws and regulations. The team advises on a comprehensive range of franchise matters from the preparation to the structuring of franchise agreements. Yusuke Nakano top-ranks for his fantastic work in the fields of franchise, competition and government contracts.

With 37 listings across 19 practice areas, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune demonstrates the strength and depth of its legal services, and remains one of Japan’s pre-eminent law firms.

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