Atsumi & Sakai

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Flourishing practice respected for its involvement in work on cartel investigations, both domestic and international. Frequently instructed by domestic clients in the car and parts, manufacturing, shipping and financial services sectors on highly contentious matters. Also excels in merger reviews and compliance programmes as well as leniency applications and dawn raids. Offers advice on vertical restraint issues under both Japanese and EU law.

Strengths One client appreciates the team's "quick responses, practical advice and depth of knowledge."

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming practitioner Saori Hanada offers advice in relation to cartel investigation, audits and civil enforcements. She is also able to assist with vertical restraint issues relating to both EU and Japanese law.

Setsuko Yufu is labelled a "renowned" competition lawyer by interviewees. She has extensive experience assisting both domestic and international clients on cross-border investigations. She also has a strong track record for handling audits as well as mandates relating to EU law.

Tatsuo Yamashima handles a range of competition mandates, including merger control matters as well as abuse of dominance and cartel investigations, with one source noting that he has "a lot of experience with cartel work." He acts for both domestic and international clients from a range of industries.