Kenichi Nakano

Kenichi Nakano is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, whose practice is focused on providing legal advice on activities required to conduct business in Japan, including such matters as establishment of a business presence in Japan, advising on regulatory requirements, preparing IT service agreements, rules of employment, and joint venture agreements. Mr. Nakano advises financial institutions in the areas of real estate trust law, the FSA inspection process, and inter-bank transactions. He also represents clients in various types of litigation involving patent, copyright, real estate, financial futures, labor and commercial transactions issues.

Practice Areas

Corporate

Corporate and Commercial Transactions Corporate Governance

M&A

M&A/Business Restructuring Joint Ventures Cross-border M&A

Finance and Financial Institutions

Financial Regulation Real Estate Finance Acquisition Finance

Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment Disputes Severance Matters Labor and Employment Law Compliance

Competition/Antitrust

Merger Control Dominance and other Unilateral Conduct Competition-Related Litigation

Tax

Tax Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

General Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Labor and Employment Disputes Tax Litigation and Dispute Resolution Competition-Related Litigation Companies Act related Disputes

Topics

External Seminars

Oct 24, 2017

Management of cross-border M & A and subsidiaries

Articles

Sep 2014

Doing Business in Hungary (Part 4) Dispute Resolution and Tax

Articles

Aug 2014

Doing Business in Hungary (Part 3) IP Law and Competition Law

Experience

2005 A case to contest a decision of corporation tax assessment on a foreign silent partner in a silent partnership (Tokyo District Court decision)

2006 A case concerning copyright in a movie (Intellectual Property Right High Court decision)

2007 A case to contest a decision of corporation tax assessment on a foreign silent partner in a silent partnership (Tokyo High Court Decision)

2019 A case to contest a decision of corporation tax assessment on a Japanese company relating to loan interest (Tokyo District Court decision)

Background

1977 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

1984 New York University (M.C.J.)

Trained at a law firm in the United States

Jan 2009 – Dec 2011 Commercial Arbitrator, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and China Chamber of International Commerce

Jul 2011 – Auditor, Society of Global Business

June 2019-Corporate Auditor, Shibaura Electronics Co., Ltd.

Publications

Doing Business in Hungary (Part 4) Dispute Resolution and Tax Kokusai Shoji Homu, Vol.42, No.9

Sep 2014

Doing Business in Hungary (Part 3) IP Law and Competition Law Kokusai Shoji Homu, Vol.42, No.8

Aug 2014

Doing Business in Hungary (Part 2) Real Estate Law and Labor Law Kokusai Shoji Homu, Vol.42, No.7

Jul 2014

Doing Business in Hungary (Part 1) Kokusai Shoji Homu, Vol.42, No.6

Jun 2014

Copyright Protection of Computer ‘Interfaces’ in Japan European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 2, No. 37

Jan 1990

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Q&A Roppo Publications

Jun 1987

Lectures

Management of cross-border M & A and subsidiaries Miyazaki Rotary Club

Oct 24, 2017

Achievements

Dec 2, 2008

Chambers Asia 2009

Professional Admissions

  • Japan (1980)
  • New York (1985)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawasia

Languages

  • Japanese (first language) English

Firm Overview:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

Our main office in Tokyo is supported by our offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, as well as a Jakarta Desk.

 

Hiroshi Watanabe

Hiroshi Watanabe has led clients to victory in many disputes concerning corporate control, including, among others, defending against the hostile takeover attempt of Hokuetsu Paper by Oji Paper. He has been engaged in a lot of well-known corporate lawsuits including derivative suits. He has been engaged in well-known securities litigation matters; especially, he led a ground-breaking case against Intelligence, Ltd., where, for the first time ever in Japan, regression analysis was used to adjust the stock price in a securities action. He is also very experienced in litigation relating to business acquisitions and labour disputes. Finally, he has very deep experience working on cases dealing with different kinds of economic crimes. These include cases about the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (regarding insider trading and correcting past accounts), the Anti-Monopoly Act of Japan involving international cartels, the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and tax evasion.

Firm Overview:

Ushijima & Partners is a full-service law firm representing domestic and international clients in Japan and providing overseas legal services to Japanese clients both directly and through its international alliances, such as Multilaw, ELA and LAW. The firm was founded in 1985 by Shin Ushijima and currently numbers 52 attorneys.

The firm represents clients across a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, trading companies, manufacturers, system integration vendors, IT service providers, construction companies, real estate companies, broadcasters, telecommunications, entertainment, distributors, professional associations and public or quasi-public agencies. The firm also represents high-net-worth individuals in the areas of family business planning and trusts and estates.

The founding partner is a leading practitioner in general corporate matters, including compliance and corporate governance, and is often interviewed on TV and in the media. The firm has significant experience in M&A, representing corporations in both international and domestic M&A for either acquirers or targets and in the hostile takeover defence area. In fact, the firm was awarded ‘Corporate M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan’ by DealMakers Global Awards 2015 and ‘Best International Transactions Law – Japan’ by Acquisition International in its 2015 M&A Awards. The firm has long experience representing major domestic insurers and its founding and managing partner is an outside director of a major domestic insurer. The firm has an elite reputation for its deep knowledge and high level of practice in real estate and securitisation. The senior real estate partner is well known as a major pioneer and eminent practitioner in the securitisation of real property with wide knowledge of the relevant laws. The firm has expertise in intellectual property and technology including major disputes involving system development and integration. The firm has expertise in labour matters and has won precedent-setting victories in corporate restructuring for a major well known multinational company, and in injunctive relief to prevent the former president of a major well known multinational company from competing. The firm also has significant victories in soil contamination and construction litigation.

Some of the firm’s attorneys have served as high level prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice and the Public Security Intelligence Agency, as well as in-house general counsel, in international organisations, and as chairmen or advisors of numerous committees relating to REIT and real estate investment, including MLIT and the Ministry of Construction and the Japan Real Estate and Japan Economic Research Institute. Associate attorneys are regularly seconded to government agencies.

All of the firm’s Japanese attorneys are bilingual in Japanese and English, and its clients comprise roughly 50% domestic and 50% international. The firm has native English-speaking, US-admitted attorneys assisting in presentation and communication to clients.

Although a very large part of the firm’s practice is corporate, the firm has a strong reputation as top litigators in litigation and dispute resolution, including acting for major multinational companies with subsidiaries in Japan, and is often sought by clients aware of its reputation by word of mouth as the go-to litigation counsel in Japan.

Masato Suzuki

Masato Suzuki is a Partner at Inaba and Partners.

Inaba and Partners was established with the aim of providing high-quality legal services tailored to client needs through the flexible handling of professional lawyers. In order to achieve such goal, our firm, while taking advantage of our expertise, strives not to be arbitrary, but to provide the legal services required in a timely manner based on the needs of clients. Lawyers who belong to our firm work together to achieve this by sharing the same philosophy.

Anne K.T. Hung

Anne K.T. Hung leads the Major Projects: Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Group of Baker McKenzie’s Tokyo office. She regularly advises well-known Japanese utilities, banks, mining, construction and trading companies in power, natural resources and other major project matters. Ms. Hung was named Best Practitioner for Energy and Resources at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2013. Prior to relocating to Japan in 1991, Ms. Hung practiced in the Firm’s Sydney office from 1989.

Practice Focus:

Anne Hung leads the Major Projects: Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Group of Baker McKenzie’s Tokyo office. She regularly advises well-known Japanese utilities, banks, mining, construction and trading companies in power, natural resources and other major project matters. Ms. Hung’s practice focuses on oil and gas, natural resources, infrastructure, and power project development matters.

Representative Legal Matters:

– Acted for various Japanese utilities on numerous long-term LNG sale and purchase agreements from Sakhalin, Australia, Indonesia, Middle East and North America.
– Acted for various Japanese utilities on numerous master LNG sale and purchase agreements from companies such as Gazprom, Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, BG, Anglo, Qalhat, Mitsui,Mitsubishi, Statoil and Brunei, etc.
– Acted for the project company on a JBIC financed oil rig project in Egypt.
– Acted for the project company and sponsors in a JBIC financed nickel project in the Philippines.
– Acted for Japanese investors in the following coal mine acquisitions in Australia: Maules Creek, Wandoan, Ashton, NCA, Stratford, Foxleigh, Rolleston, Oaky Creek, Ensham, Blair Athol, Clermont, and Gloucester.
– Acted for a Japanese investor in a rare earth mining project in Argentina.
– Advised a Japanese company on its proposed acquisition of an interest in a 110 MW solar power project in the United States and a 50 MW solar power project in Spain.
– Advised a Japanese company on its acquisition of an interest in a 100 MW IPP thermal power project in the Philippines.
– Acted for a Japanese company in various JCAA arbitrations in Japan in relation to its investment in Mongolia.
– Acted for a Japanese consortium in a mineral joint venture in Western Australia. Work included advising on law, formulating strategies and briefing counsel.

Professional Honors:

– Best Practitioner, Energy and Resources, Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2013
– Leading lawyer for Projects & Energy, Chambers Asia Pacific 2009-2013
– Leading lawyer for Projects, Asia Pacific Legal 500 2008-2013
– Leading lawyer for Projects, Euro Money Legal Group Guide – Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers
– Leading lawyer for Projects, IFLR1000

Professional Associations & Memberships:

– Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan
– Law Society of Hong Kong
– International Bar Association
– Law Society of England & Wales
– Law Society of New South Wales

Admissions:

– Japan (Attorney at Foreign Law)~Japan (1998)
– Hong Kong (1995)
– England & Wales~United Kingdom (1993)
– New South Wales~Australia (1989)

Education:

– University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Commerce) (1988)
– University of New South Wales (LL.B.) (1988)

Law Firm:

Volatility and uncertainty are the new norm. With events like Brexit in the UK and the new administration in the US just two examples of recent geopolitical upheaval, we need to be able to help our clients navigate a constantly changing and challenging market. And it requires a new type of thinking and a different mindset.

It requires lawyers who collaborate unusually well across borders, markets and industries around the globe. Lawyers who embrace new ideas and emerging technologies to give businesses confidence in these uncertain times.

We are The New Lawyers.

We are Baker McKenzie.

Mitsuhiro Kamiya

Mitsuhiro Kamiya is the leader of Skadden’s Tokyo office. He represents Japanese and multinational clients in a broad range of corporate matters with special focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions.

Mr. Kamiya’s practice covers all major aspects of corporate transactions, such as advice on complex legal structuring of acquisitions and major legal issues including corporate, intellectual property, antitrust and labor laws. Mr. Kamiya was selected for inclusion by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Education:

– LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 1994 (Stone Scholar; Associate Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law)
– LL.M., University of Cambridge, 1993
– LL.B., University of Tokyo, 1986

Associations:

– Member, International Fiscal Association
– Member, Japanese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
– Member, International Affairs Committee of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

Admissions:

– Japan (Bengoshi)
– New York

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Takao Higuchi

Takao Higuchi is a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Mr. Higuchi graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo in 1987 and with an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1995. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1989. He worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York (1995-1996) and Linklaters & Paines in London (1996-1997) as a visiting attorney.

He specializes in banking, energy, infrastructure and other projects (including PFIs and PPPs) and project finance

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu:

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is widely known as a leading law firm and the foremost provider of international and commercial legal services in Japan.

We represent domestic and foreign companies and organizations involved in every major industry sector and in every legal service area in Japan.