In this edition of WWL: Japan, we feature a more than 100 firms, ranging from full-service outfits to specialised boutiques. However, almost half of the total listings are achieved by five standout firms, which we profile here.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a prominent full-service law firm with a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The firm receives an impressive total of 47 listings across 21 practice area chapters in this year’s research.
The firm’s renowned competition practice sees nine lawyers noted in our corresponding chapter. These practitioners are recognised for their expertise in cartel investigations, merger control briefs and regulatory matters.
Another area in which the firm excels is M&A and governance. Six individuals are included thanks to their top-notch work on cross-border corporate transactions, compliance matters and boardroom disputes.
The firm is home to several outstanding practitioners, including Yusuke Nakano, who excels in merger filings and antitrust cases. Atsushi Yamada, Etsuko Hara and Shigeyoshi Ezaki are also recognised for their top-tier work on competition issues in the Japanese market.Tomoki Debari is distinguished by his expertise in insurance transactions and Kazutoshi Kakuyama is highlighted for his profound understanding of employment law. Takashi Nakazaki is hailed a go-to for the full range of data and IT law issues.
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Full-service powerhouse Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu enjoys a strong international presence with offices located across Asia, as well as a foothold in New York. The firm continues to shine in our research, receiving an impressive total of 42 listings across 18 practice area chapters this year.
The firm showcases its stellar corporate offering with 11 listings in our M&A and governance and capital markets chapters. These individuals are recognised for their leading expertise in debt and equity transactions, hostile takeovers, corporate restructurings and mergers.
The firm’s market-leading competition team receives four listings. The team is well versed in navigating multinationals through merger clearances, cartel investigations and complex antitrust disputes.
Individuals at the firm are also highlighted for their expertise in construction and real estate, corporate tax, product liability defence and aviation, making this rounded full-service offering a go-to for a wide range of corporate and commercial clients.
Renowned practitioners from the firm include Eriko Watanabe, who is noted for her expertise in competition law. Shinichi Araki earns acclaim for his profound understanding of hybrid securities and financial regulation while Yoshimi Ohara is revered for her top-tier international arbitration practice. Shigeki Minami is heralded for his exemplary corporate tax advisory services and Kenji Utsumi garners plaudits for his leading expertise in life sciences regulation and real estate acquisitions.
Nishimura & Asahi
Full-service outfit Nishimura & Asahi performs well in this year’s research into the Japanese legal market, achieving a total of 39 listings across 17 different practice areas.
M&A and governance in an area in which the firm excels, earning four listings in our corresponding chapter. These practitioners are highlighted for their immense skill in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, shareholder conflicts, takeovers and restructurings.
Dispute resolution is another area in which the firm excels, with lawyers recognised for their market-leading work in domestic and international litigation and arbitration proceedings.
The firm also illustrates its broad expertise across a range of practice areas including banking, competition, intellectual property, private funds and transport.
Standout individuals at the firm include Lars Markert, who is highly regarded for his top-tier international arbitration practice. Hitomi Iwase comes highly recommended for her expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP matters while Kozo Kawai stands out as a go-to competition lawyer.
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Renowned full-service firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto enjoys a prominent position in the Japanese market. The firm receives an impressive 28 listings across eight practice area chapters in our research this year, illustrating the breadth of expertise it has to offer.
Capital markets is an area in which the firm performs particularly well in this edition. In our corresponding chapter, we highlight five lawyers for their top-notch work advising clients on a wide range of matters including IPOs, securitisations and structured finance deals.
The firm also stands out for its exemplary competition practice, from which four individuals are recognised for their market-leading work on merger proceedings, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and antitrust disputes.
The firm receives four listings in our M&A and governance chapter. These individuals are noted for their excellence across a variety of matters including company law, public takeovers, compliance issues and related litigation.
Key figures at the firm include Kenji Ito and Hideki Utsunomiya, who stand out as go-to competition law specialists. Yoshifumi Onodera wins plaudits as a top-tier IT lawyer while Katsumasa Suzuki is highlighted for his stellar capital markets practice. Eriko Ozawa is highly sought after by domestic and international funds thanks to her expertise in real estate investment.
The highly distinguished TMI Associates enjoys a strong presence in the Japanese market, consolidating its place as one of the country’s leading firms with an impressive 20 listings across nine practice areas in our research this year. With offices spread across Asia as well as footholds in Silicon Valley and London, the full-service outfit proves to be well suited to advise on a broad range of international matters.
The firm demonstrates its leading expertise in intellectual property law with five individuals recognised in our corresponding chapter. These lawyers are highly sought after for their work across a spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP matters including enforcement, registration, trade secrets and portfolio management.
M&A and governance is another area in which the firm shines, with four individuals commended for their know-how regarding boardroom conflicts and corporate transactions. The team showcases a strong track record of assisting big-name clients with joint venture agreements, takeovers and shareholder activism.
Notable practitioners at the firm include Yoshiyuki Inaba, who comes highly recommended for his market-leading expertise in IP law. Takashi Toichi is highlighted for his extensive experience advising on high-value M&A transactions while Masaya Hirano stands out as an esteemed data specialist. Satoru Nagasaka enjoys a strong reputation in the life sciences sector and Hikaru Kaieda is revered for his work on complex structured finance deals.