In this chapter we feature 47 individuals who stand out for their excellent work across a range of competition law matters, including merger control, abuse of dominance cases and cartel investigations.
Most highly regarded:
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune sees nine practitioners listed.
Yusuke Nakano is highly esteemed for his leading expertise in cartel investigations and merger control matters.
Etsuko Hara is “a very knowledgeable practitioner", highlighted for her expertise in international cartel cases.
Atsushi Yamada is "diligent in his work" according to impressed peers who commend his "in-depth understanding of antitrust law".
The "brilliant" Vassili Moussis* has amassed extensive experience advising on inbound and outbound merger control matters.
Hideto Ishida is widely regarded as "a senior statesman" with a wealth of experience in advising domestic and international companies across the full gamut of competition law issues.
Shigeyoshi Ezaki is "a seasoned competition lawyer", renowned for his sweeping knowledge of mergers, investigations and regulatory compliance.
A total of four practitioners from Nishimura & Asahi are highlighted here.
Kozo Kawai is a “very experienced practitioner” who receives widespread plaudits for his expertise in international trade and antitrust law.
Kojiro Fujii is an "extremely intelligent practitioner" who stands out as "a top choice for antimonopoly matters".
Madoka Shimada is “a renowned lawyer with deep expertise in the competition field”.
Ryutaro Nakayama is a go-to for high-value corporate transactions and merger control issues.
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu receives four listings.
Eriko Watanabe is held in high regard for her broad expertise spanning competition litigation, cartel investigations and merger reviews.
Kaoru Hattori earns acclaim for her top-tier work on merger clearances and antitrust disputes.
Yoshitoshi Imoto regularly advises domestic and international corporates on complex cartel investigations and merger reviews.
Yusuke Kaeriyama garners praise for his leading expertise in cartel claims and high-profile merger fillings.
Hibiya Sogo Law Office sees four lawyers recognised in this chapter.
Toshiaki Tada is “a very practical lawyer” who is “always on top of the latest trends”. Peers say he is “an excellent antitrust specialist”.
Tsutomu Nakato stands out as “a legendary antitrust practitioner” with “a wealth of experience in the field”.
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto earns four listings.
Kenji Ito is highlighted for his “market-leading practice” which covers cross-border mergers and antitrust investigations.
Hideki Utsunomiya is "a smart and diligent practitioner" with "deep expertise in competition law".
Tsuyoshi Ikeda of Ikeda & Someya is singled out for his encyclopaedic understanding of antimonopoly law and bribery regulation in the Japanese market.
Setsuko Yufu of Atsumi & Sakai is distinguished by her encyclopaedic knowledge of EU and Japanese competition law.
Tetsuya Nagasawa at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners "combines rich experience and deep insight to provide clients with excellent practical advice". He excels in antitrust litigation and abuse of dominance cases.
Takashi Ishii stands out as an authority on antimonopoly law in the Japanese market.
Yabuki Law Offices’ Kimitoshi Yabuki is “a vastly knowledgeable individual” who is “respected by the Japanese courts and regulators” thanks to his profound expertise in competition law.
Akira Inoue with Baker McKenzie is highly sought after for his "practical advice and deep insight", as well as his "extensive skill and experience in competition law".
Hirayama Law Offices’ Kentaro Hirayama enjoys a strong reputation for his unparalleled expertise in international cartel investigations, pricing disputes and merger reviews.