Japan: Life Sciences 2018

Thirteen top-tier individuals have been highlighted by our research this year for their strong track records assisting life sciences companies with a wide range of matters including patent litigation, regulatory advice and transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Eiji Katayama Abe Ikubo & Katayama, Tokyo
2. Seiji Ohno Ohno & Partners, Tokyo

Big Four law firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu stands out as the leading firm in the life sciences space with an impressive three listings.
Kenji Utsumi comes highly recommended for his work representing Japanese and foreign life sciences companies on sophisticated transactions and complex regulatory issues.
Ryoichi Mimura is an active figure in the Japanese market who receives accolades for his extensive experience handling complex life sciences litigation for high-profile clients.
Kensuke Suzuki is held in high esteem by commentators who recommend him as a seasoned life sciences specialist. He is particularly well known for his expertise handling complex transactions and advising on regulatory issues. 

Abe Ikubo & Katayama also stands out for its members’ expertise, garnering two recommendations in this year’s research.
The “excellent” Eiji Katayama is “a very famous intellectual property lawyer” who is “a widely recognised name” in the life sciences space. He boasts particular strength in the biotechnology area, where he is widely regarded as an expert.
Mami Hino* boasts “a strong track record working on life sciences patent litigation” according to commentators, who are quick to highlight her deep knowledge and practical experience of the pharmaceuticals sector.

Two standout names from TMI Associates are recognised for their skill handling a wide range of matters for major life sciences companies.
Satoru Nagasaka is “well recognised for his excellent work in the product liability space”, according to sources. He also stands out for his impeccable knowledge of regulatory issues affecting life sciences companies.
Toshiharu Furukawa is a long-standing fixture in the market who is internationally renowned for his expertise handling all manner of life sciences matters including litigation, sophisticated transactions and regulatory issues.

Seiji Ohno at Ohno & Partners is an “impressive” practitioner who boasts a plethora of experience handling complex patent disputes. Sources note that he is “very famous in the area”, commending his stellar track record as a litigator in the life sciences space.

John Tessensohn* at Shusaku-Yamamoto is an intellectual property specialist who has a wealth of expertise handling patent issues for companies across an array of sectors including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

The “brilliant” Miguel Masaru Kitamura of Kitamura & Makiyama boasts more than 20 years’ experience in the life sciences sector and is internationally regarded as a regulatory law expert.

Tsuyoshi Sueyoshi at Yuasa and Hara is warmly endorsed by commentators who consider him a key figure in the market. He commands respect for the depth of his expertise in patent litigation and licensing matters.

Frederick Ch'en* of Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo “should definitely be included” say sources, who consider him “very impressive in this space”. He boasts “superb” experience advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. 

Yoshio Kumakura at Nakamura & Partners enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as an accomplished litigator and life sciences law specialist.


* foreign-qualified lawyer

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