Baker McKenzie

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Solid practice active in a range of competition and antitrust matters, including merger filings and multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations, as well as corporate internal investigations. Leverages its well-regarded international network to assist domestic companies with issues involving China's National Development & Reform Commission, and European and other major authorities across the globe. Well versed in acting for trading houses and automotive and electrical companies. Offers advice on gun-jumping investigations by the JFTC.

Strengths One client appreciates that the group "works well as a team," remarking that the firm is "globally strong in all areas."

Work highlights Advised NHK Spring on the global cartel investigations relating to disk suspension used for hard drives in the USA, Japan, Brazil and Taiwan.

Advised Murata Manufacturing on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Sony's battery business.

Notable practitioners

Akira Inoue is held in high regard for his knowledge of antitrust and competition law, regularly acting on cartel investigations, as well as investigations relating to abuse of bargaining position. A client appreciates his "abundant international experience and deep knowledge." He is also able to assist clients withinternal investigations.