Japan: Data 2018

This year’s research features eight lawyers who stand out for their phenomenal expertise in IT, TMT, data protection and data security matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yoshifumi Onodera Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo

Full-service Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune achieves three listings in this chapter.
Takashi Nakazaki is a highly regarded IT lawyer with first-rate expertise in cyber, e-commerce and technology matters. He has a particularly strong telecoms practice and is well respected for his work in the space.
Akihito Nakamachi is a distinguished specialist in IT law. He is admitted to practice in Japan and in the US and stands out for his top-quality advice on complex technology transactions. 
Hitoshi Ishihara boasts vast experience in the TMT sector and is a well-known figure in the gaming market. He has a strong cross-border practice and is regularly engaged to advise major domestic and international clients in large-scale transactions.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto sees two impressive lawyers listed here.
Yoshifumi Onodera impresses clients with “his advice, based not only on his experience and expertise in the field of IP law, but also on a deep understanding of the client’s business”. They commend the “very practical and very effective advice” that he delivers.
Masakazu Masujima is a prominent figure in the Japanese market and is commended for his first-rate IT practice encompassing sophisticated transactions and technology-related advice.

At TMI Associates, Masaya Hirano draws praise for “his wide-ranging knowledge and his experience in start-up investment deals”. He is also highlighted for his excellent work on complex TMT matters.

At City-Yuwa Partners, Tsuneo Sato is a long-standing fixture in the market and enjoys an excellent reputation for his vast expertise in complex cross-border transactions in the IT sector.

Stuart Beraha* is a leading light in Morrison & Foerster’s technology practice. He is regularly engaged to advise major technology clients on complex transactions, technology matters and software licensing agreements.


*foreign-qualified lawyer

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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