Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Competition/Antitrust Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Top-tier practice offering expertise on the gamut of competition issues, including merger filings, leniency applications and international cartel investigations. Offers plentiful experience representing clients before the Japan Free Trade Commission (JFTC) as well as other major antitrust forums, including the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).

Strengths One client says: "They sort through the problem and offer pertinent solutions," adding: "The responses are also extremely fast."

Another client notes that "they do a high level of work."

Work highlights Advised Mitsubishi Paper Mills on its Japanese merger filing in relation to its capital and business alliance with Oji Holdings.

Assisted Hawaiian Airlines with competition law aspects of its co-operation agreement with Japan Airlines.

Notable practitioners

Hideto Ishida is a market-leading antitrust practitioner who offers clients a wealth of experience handling merger filings and cartel investigations. Market commentators consider him "very impressive" and note that "he is a very senior lawyer who is well respected in the market." His counsel is frequently sought by both domestic and multinational corporates.

Vassili Moussis is particularly adept at advising clients on merger control and cartel investigations with an EU dimension. A client praises him for his "technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service."

Yusuke Nakano possesses deep experience of advising on antitrust cases in foreign jurisdictions and cross-border merger filings. One market commentator notes: "He is a good lawyer and active in the market. He knows a lot about antitrust law and studies new theory hard like a scholar."