Baker McKenzie

Competition/Antitrust Department

Japan
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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 and regularly acts with colleagues based across Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region to assist domestic companies with issues involving Chinese, 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 is particularly impressed with the firm's international reach, and notes: "With their global network there are lawyers who are specialised in each field, so you can receive prompt and accurate advice both for Japan and overseas."

"They provide us with top-class legal service, including trustworthiness, certainty, accurate advice and follow-up support," reports another source.

Work highlights Represented Okaya Electric Industries in international cartel investigations arising out of damages claims brought against the client in the USA and Canada.

Notable practitioners

Akira Inoue is identified by one client as a "very reliable and responsive lawyer who provides practical and accurate advice." He plays a central role in contentious competition law mandates and regularly represents clients in internal and high-profile international cartel investigations.

Junya Ae is described by interviewees as an "extremely smart" and "client-oriented lawyer." He rises in the rankings after winning extensive praise for his contentious and advisory competition law expertise. He assists clients with merger control issues and cartel cases."He has the ability to really understand our business and offer realistic advice," reports another source.