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Setsuko Yufu

Setsuko Yufu

Atsumi & SakaiFukoku Seimei Bldg2-2-2, Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-kuTokyoJapan100-0011

Global Leader

Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Setsuko Yufu is very client-oriented and "able to meet client expectations with ease”. One client effuses that she “gave us practical advice to maximise our benefits and minimise our risks”, adding that she offers “rich experience in competition law cases and a broad network”. 

Peers and clients say:

"She was very responsive, showed impressive work ethic and was a great coordinator."

"Ms Yufu is an extremely experienced and skilled lawyer whose advice and counsel is sought by many top-ranked clients."

Biography

Setsuko Yufu is a senior partner at Atsumi & Sakai and is admitted to the bar in Japan.

Setsuko heads the firm’s antitrust/competition team, advising on international and domestic cartel/bid-rigging investigations and related civil enforcements and criminal prosecutions, including extradition issues. She also advises on international and domestic merger control, vertical restraints and abuse of dominance.

Since 2016, she has served as a member of the Antitrust Policy Council of the Japan Fair Trade Commission. She has also served as a board member of the Japan Competition Law Forum.

Setsuko was named Woman Lawyer of the Year at the 2017 ALB Japan Law Awards, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in antitrust/competition law as a leading individual by The Legal 500 (2020). For her work in antitrust/competition law, she has been ranked in as a leading individual in Asialaw Profiles (2019) and Best Lawyers (2020), and as a notable practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020). She was also highly recommended in GCR 100 (2019).

She obtained an LLB from Waseda University, Tokyo, and graduated from the University of Amsterdam, Europa Instituut as the first Japanese student to study EU law there.

Setsuko also is well known for her extensive knowledge of EU competition law and has acted as a board member of the EU Studies Association in Japan. She taught EU law at Keio University Law School and the Business Law Department of Hitotsubashi University Graduate School, and publishes articles and books on the subject.

 

National Leader

Japan - Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Setsuko Yufu is a “very senior” figure in the Japanese market, lauded for her adept handling of dawn raid response matters and “technical antitrust knowledge”.

Biography

Setsuko Yufu is a senior partner at Atsumi & Sakai and is admitted to the bar in Japan.

Setsuko heads the firm’s antitrust/competition team, advising on international and domestic cartel/bid-rigging investigations, as well as related civil enforcements and criminal prosecutions, including extradition issues. She also advises on international and domestic merger control, vertical restraints and abuse of dominance.

Since 2016, she has served as a member of the antitrust policy council of the Japan Fair Trade Commission. She has also served as a board member of the Japan Competition Law Forum.

Setsuko was named Woman Lawyer of the Year at the 2017 ALB Japan Law Awards, and was inducted into the 2020 Legal 500 Hall of Fame as a leading individual in antitrust/ competition law. She is ranked as a leading antitrust/competition lawyer by Asialaw (2019) and Best Lawyers (2020), and as a notable practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020).  She is also highly recommended in the GCR 100 (2019).  

Setsuko obtained an LLB from Waseda University, Tokyo. She was the first Japanese student to study EU law at the University of Amsterdam’s Europa Instituut.

Setsuko also is well known for her extensive knowledge of EU competition law, and has acted as a board member of the EU Studies Association in Japan. She taught EU law at Keio University Law School and the business law department of Hitotsubashi University Graduate School. She regularly publishes articles and books on the subject.

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