Japan: Litigation 2018

This year’s research into the Japanese litigation market sees 16 outstanding individuals highlighted for their work in the field. They offer expertise in disputes across a wide range of industries, advising both domestic and international clients.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yoshimasa Futura Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo
2. Kazuki Okada Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo, Tokyo
3. Hisaya Kimura Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune sees three of its most highly respected practitioners receive nominations in this chapter.
Yoshimasa Furuta is praised by one source as "the best" litigator in the country. His practice offers extensive expertise covering matters across the technology licensing and IP sectors.
Kenichi Sadaka is well respected in the market and stands out for his strong expertise in matters concerning patents and construction disputes.
Hiroki Wakabayashi has an outstanding reputation in the market, with impressive experience from time spent as a district court judge. His practice often sees him represent clients on disputes relating to the financial sector.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Hisaya Kimura is a standout individual in the jurisdiction, praised highly by sources for his excellent work in the field. He has an impressive practice, offering specialist expertise in the fields of product liability, M&A and employment.
Masahiro Matsuoka is another excellent practitioner from the firm who impresses in this year’s research. He provides clients with over 25 years’ dedicated experience in employment disputes across a range of industries.

At Koga & Partners, Yoichiro Yamakawa is a well-established figure in the Japanese market with over 50 years’ insight and experience. He is particularly well known for his expertise on matters concerning corporate governance and competition disputes.
Isomi Suzuki is an impressive practitioner who provides a wealth of expertise on such issues as insolvencies, workouts and mergers.

At Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo, Kazuki Okada is a prominent name in the Japanese litigation market who sources continue to rate highly in our research for his excellent expertise and insight into labour and employment disputes.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s Mugi Sekido is an impressive practitioner who garners outstanding support from market players. He has a first-rate practice that spans a wide array of matters including product liability and financial services disputes.

At Nishimura & Asahi, Hiroyuki Tezuka is praised by sources as “a very good litigator” and stands out for his expert handling of corporate governance and securities litigation.

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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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