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Herbert Smith Freehills

Corporate/M&A

3 ranked lawyersBand 2JapanGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Well-respected M&A team, specialising in advising Japanese companies on outbound transactions including acquisitions and joint ventures into Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Strong client base including financial institutions, trading houses, and companies operating in the TMT and energy and mining sectors. The team often works alongside colleagues across Europe, the UK and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Notable practitioners

Damien Roberts focuses on M&A transactions in the natural resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. He is particularly adept at handling transactions involving Australian parties and interests. A client appreciates his Japanese language skills and notes: "It is very easy to discuss matters with him; he is flexible and always tries to meet our needs."

Graeme Preston specialises in cross-border transactions, especially those involving the TMT, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. A client commends his "communication and case management," while another says that he is "really good at dealing with Japanese companies."

Brussels-based Kyriakos Fountoukakos is head of the firm's Japan-focused competition team and his counsel is regularly sought on Japan-related mandates. One interviewee reports: "He is an excellent competition lawyer who is knowledgeable about the practice of the European Commission." Another adds: "He has deep understanding of international competition law and regularly provides practical advice for clients."

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Japan

Competition/Antitrust


Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Expertise based abroad in Belgium

Corporate/M&A: International


Damien Roberts
Band 4
Graeme Preston
Band 2