Hiroshi Watanabe

Hiroshi Watanabe is our exclusively recommended Securities Litigation expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Hiroshi directly using the contact details above.

Hiroshi 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.

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.