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. Regularly works in conjunction with international counsel and advises on the Japanese law aspects of multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Strengths One source appreciates that the team "gives accurate advice from the client's standpoint."

Notable practitioners

Saori Hanada 's expertise spans both Japanese and EU competition law, making her a popular choice for clients requiring representation in international cartel investigations. She also advises on anti-monopoly issues and vertical restraints.

Setsuko Yufu heads the firm's competition law practice and is described by one impressed client as "a very hard worker on cross-border cases." She represents a range of clients in international cartel investigations and is highlighted by several sources for her expertise in EU law. Another source is full of praise for her "strong communication skills and network."

Tatsuo Yamashima is highly regarded by interviewees, one of whom reports: "He is very pragmatic and thinks outside the box. He fully understands the commercial particularities and reflects them in his advice." He has significant experience assisting both domestic and international clients on cross-border cartel investigations and also offers an adept handling of merger control mandates.