Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Competition/Antitrust Department

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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). Particularly adept at representing clients in investigations and proceedings brought before the JFTC.

Strengths One interviewee praises the lawyers' "outstanding" performance, explaining: "They deliver intelligent advice that is highly strategic in terms of helping to achieve the client’s desired results. They have a laser focus and don't get distracted by unnecessary points."

Work highlights Represented Qualcomm in proceedings before the JFTC relating to an alleged violation of the Antimonopoly Act.

Notable practitioners

Hideto Ishida is a highly experienced practitioner who is recognised by market sources as a "famous" and "very senior" lawyer.He advises a domestic and multinational clientele on cartels and bid-rigging investigations before the JFTC, as well as assisting clients with merger filings and the competition aspects of commercial agreements.

According to one source, Vassili Moussis is an "incredibly good" lawyer who "knows about the particularities of EU law and Japanese culture." He is sought after by international companies for his expertise on cross-border merger filings. An impressed interviewee reports: "He is a technically excellent lawyer who develops really practical and effective strategy for his clients. He has unrivalled international knowledge and experience, which means he is great at helping international companies navigate the Japanese legal system."

The market-leading Yusuke Nakano is praised by sources as a"solid lawyer" who offers "pragmatic, no-nonsense responses." He regularly advises international and domestic corporations on the antitrust aspects of their joint ventures, corporate and M&A transactions. He offers additional expertise on contentious competition law cases and is able to represent clients in cartel investigations.