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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Competition/Antitrust

2 ranked lawyersBand 2JapanAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Baker McKenzie's comprehensive antitrust practice has global reach, and is 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. Its key clients include Hitachi, NHK Spring, and Okaya Electric Industries.

Strengths

One impressed client explains: "It is very helpful to have not only legal theories, but also detailed explanations of the local law enforcement situation and trends of the authorities. The lawyers in charge of the case have a deep understanding of our business and we believe that they have excellent skills."

A further client appreciates that "they add value and give an excellent and sophisticated legal service," while another notes the firm is "excellent regarding matters that involve overseas work."

Work highlights

Baker McKenzie advised Hitachi on the merger control and foreign investment regulatory aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in the energy and power grid business of ABB.

Notable practitioners

Akira Inoue regularly represents clients in cross-border antitrust and competition investigations. He is described by interviewees as an "excellent lawyer with high competence and responsiveness," who offers a "pragmatic approach, long-term experience and good skill as a trainer for compliance training." A further client explains that "his confident answers, backed up by his extensive experience in Japan, the US and other countries, give us peace of mind."

Junya Ae regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures as well as global cartel investigations. His clients include leading trading conglomerates and large manufacturing businesses in Japan. One impressed client appreciates that "he doesn't only explain legal theories, but also promptly provides advice that takes into account the practical application of laws and regulations."

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Japan

Competition/Antitrust


Akira Inoue
Band 3
Junya Ae
Band 4