Setsuko Yufu is a senior partner at Atsumi & Sakai and is admitted to the bar in Japan. She heads the firm’s antitrust/competition team, advising on international and domestic cartel issues, bid rigging, international and domestic merger control, and abuse of dominant position. Her practice also includes international and domestic R&D projects, joint ventures and various commercial agreements, such as distribution, franchising, licensing and subcontracting.
Setsuko has frequently been ranked as a leading individual in antitrust and competition law in Japan by The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Best Lawyers. She has also been “highly recommended” for competition law in Japan in Global Competition Review, and listed in the Expert Guide: Women in Business Law (antitrust and competition, Japan). This year she was ranked as a market-leading lawyer in Asialaw Profiles for the same field in Japan.
She obtained an LLB from Waseda University (Tokyo) in 1974 and graduated from the University of Amsterdam, Europa Instituut as the first Japanese student to study EU law there (Diploma, 1986). She worked at Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Brussels (now Allen & Overy, Brussels) between 1986 and 1987.
Ms Yufu is also well known for her extensive knowledge of EU competition law, and has acted as a board member of the EU Studies Association in Japan; she also taught EU law in graduate law schools in Japan, and publishes articles and books on EU law. She frequently speaks and participates as a panelist at experts’ meetings or conferences on competition law.
WWL says: Yufu has a “personable manner" and a "winning style with clients”.
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