Baker McKenzie

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensive antitrust practice with global reach, especially looked to for its track record on international cartel cases. Leverages its network to regularly coordinate with colleagues based across Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region to assist domestic companies with investigations by foreign authorities across the globe. Well versed in acting for trading houses and automotive and electrical companies. Also offers merger control advice including during gun-jumping investigations by the JFTC.

Strengths"They are able to advise on competition law in Japan and other countries, and make useful comparisons," a client explains.

A second source offers praise for the team's "deep knowledge on antitrust issues" and "very speedy delivery of work products," adding: "They are well organised and were able to provide insightful advice."

Work highlights Represented Sanden Corporation in relation to global cartel investigations into air conditioning components, affecting jurisdictions in Europe, North and South America, India, South Africa and South East Asia.

Notable practitioners

Akira Inoue
is recognised for his work concerning the behavioural aspects of competition law, such as abuse of superior bargaining position, resale price maintenance and cartels, including bid-rigging and market allocation. He regularly acts in relation to cross-border investigations and follow-on civil lititigation. Clients describe him as a "trusted adviser" who "consistently gives appropriate suggestions based on his knowledge and experience," with one source praising the "great sense of security arising from his speedy support during urgent matters."

Looked to for his advice on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures,
Junya Ae
also advises on behavioural investigations into cartel and unilateral conduct. A client appreciates his "experience in global antitrust matters."