Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Competition/Antitrust Department

Current View:

This content is provided by Chambers. Learn more about our methodology

What the team is known for Highly esteemed practice that is regularly called upon to act on merger reviews following cross-border acquisitions and cartel investigations involving domestic corporations. Bolstered by the expertise of former JFTC officials within the team. Offers advice on sanctions and administrative orders issued by the JFTC. Also assists clients with establishing competition law compliance programmes as well as drafting related manuals and providing training to employees.

Strengths One market commentator asserts: "We do believe they are among the top antitrust firms in Japan," highlighting that the team is "easy to work with and responsive."

Another market commentator says: "I think they have a very good team and we enjoy working with them."

Work highlights Advised Toyo Seikan on a public tender offer to acquire Toyo Kohan, including merger clearances in Japan and China.

Notable practitioners

Hideki Utsunomiya acts for domestic clients on both merger filings and cartel investigations. Market commentators appreciate his "meticulous" way of working and describe him as "hard-working and responsive."

Kenji Ito is a market leader for handling merger control clearances and cartel investigations for foreign institutions, as well as internal investigations for Japanese clients. A source commends him for being "methodical and thoughtful" and for "studying the facts and the law, being patient and consequently offering well thought out advice."