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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Tax

3 ranked lawyersBand 1JapanAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

In demand for its deep-rooted expertise in domestic and international tax issues. Strong reputation for its advice on transfer pricing, and advises a range of corporations, notably those operating in the e-commerce and digital technology industries. Highly proficient in working in conjunction with foreign-qualified lawyers to provide seamless advice on cross-border tax matters. Also well versed in tackling contentious tax issues. Its tax offering is boosted by the presence of certified tax accountants (zeirishi) and tax litigators in the team.

Strengths

A client singles out the quality of the lawyers' work product for praise, highlighting their "complete and detailed advice on matters, and useful resolutions to multi-jurisdictional issues."

"They have a large tax practice and cover all areas," confirms a peer, describing the firm as "very strong on transfer pricing."

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" and "very smart" Edwin Whatley is praised for his "responsiveness and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients." The US-qualified practice group leader is instructed by high-end Japanese corporates for his expert advice on transfer pricing matters and the taxation elements of corporate reorganisations and cross-border transactions.

Specialist litigator Hideyuki Yamamoto is known and respected in the market for his handling of taxation disputes. His recent activity involves representing clients in transfer pricing litigation.

Ryutaro Oka lends his experience and expertise as certified tax accountant to the group, often advising Japanese multinational companies on their acquisitions and transfer pricing. Market sources describe him as "impressive" and "a good practitioner - very competent and likeable."

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Japan

Tax: Bengoshi


Hideyuki Yamamoto
Band 2

Tax: Consultants


Ryutaro Oka
Spotlight Table

Tax: Registered Foreign Lawyers


Edwin T Whatley
Band 1