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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is one of Japan’s leading law firms. Founded 16 years ago, the firm consists of a team of 370 lawyers who provide advice and representation to foreign and domestic businesses and entities across the main areas of business law. In particular the firm excels across its capital markets, real estate and corporate practices, which all achieve a high number of listings in the edition. Following the merger of Nagashima & Ohno and Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine, the firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has opened six new offices since 2010, including in New York, Singapore and Shanghai and has extensive cross border abilities. The high calibre of practitioners is reflected in the firm achieving 41 listings across 16 different practice areas.


The firm is recommended for its outstanding capital markets department, which handles a wide range of securities offerings in Japan for a domestic and international client base. Fumihide Sugimoto “a prominent figure in the marketplace” in relation to debt and equity offerings. His clients include banks and other major financial institutions, as well as a range of publicly listed companies. Miyuki Ishiguro acts on some of the firm’s most notable debt and equity transactions, including IPOs and private placements. She is valued for her “innovation and creativity when handling challenging issues”. Masatsura Kadota has “a long track record of excellence” in the Japanese securities market. Hidetaka Mihara received commendation for providing expertise in structuring complex securities transactions. His top-notch real estate investment and finance practice means that he is also listed in our construction and real estate chapter.

Also listed from the firm’s “internationally renowned” real estate team is the “fantastic” Shunpei Tanaka, whose practice focuses on a range of real estate transactions including finance, development, acquisition and restructuring, and structured finance, among others.  Alongside him, Naohiro Nishimura impresses clients for his marketing leading expertise in matters relating to real estate investment and securitisation.

The corporate team is represented in our research by five individuals noted for acting on some of the market’s most sophisticated domestic and inbound transactions. Hiroki Inoue is active on some of the firm’s biggest mandates and is highly recommended by his peers in the market. The “first-rate” Kei Asatsuma specialises in complex business transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and private equity investing.  Hiroshi Mitoma regularly represents major domestic and foreign clients, who speak of his “fantastic understanding of business needs”.  Kenichi Fujinawa and Shintaro Takai are also recognised as leading corporate lawyers.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu also has a highly respected competition department. Kaoru Hattori has an international competition practice and is renowned for her handling of high profile antitrust investigations. Eriko Watanabe is seen as a leading figure with a comprehensive insight into Japanese antimonopoly and competition law.

Commercial dispute resolution is also a strong suit of the firm with Hisaya Kimura and Masahiro  Matsuoka recognised as among the most prominent litigators in the country. Meanwhile, Naoki Iguchi is one of three figures at the firm noted for his product liability defence practice – a field in which the firm dominates.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a leading player in Japan’s legal market. With such a strong range of practices and an impressive corpus of individuals, the firm looks set to maintain its position for years to come. 

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