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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto maintains a highly esteemed practice that is regularly called upon to provide advice on the Japanese aspects of multi-jurisdictional merger control. Defends domestic corporations from sanctions and administrative orders issued by the JFTC, as well as from cartel investigations both in Japan and abroad. Also assists clients with establishing competition law compliance programmes as well as drafting related manuals and providing training to employees. Bolstered by the expertise of former JFTC officials within the team. Its key clients include Hitachi, Eneos and FamilyMart.

Strengths

Interviewees describe the Mori Hamada & Matsumoto team's client service as "excellent," adding: "Their advice in the field of competition has always been first class."

A client enthuses that the team's "continuous excellence is always beyond my expectations."

Work highlights

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto represented Yahoo! Japan in the merger review and JFTC investigation for the integration between Yahoo! Japan and LINE Corporation, including obtaining clearances in Japan, the US, Taiwan and Korea.

Notable practitioners

Commentators praise Hideki Utsunomiya for being "an extremely knowledgeable, top lawyer" and an "excellent strategist." His practice covers both the transactional and behavioural aspects of competition issues.

Kenji Ito is described by the market commentators as "a brilliant legal thinker who always gives excellent strategic advice." He is well versed in advising on merger control, global investigations and compliance programmes. "He is one of the best-known partners for competition law in Japan. I find he possesses the expertise required in this area and is user-friendly for international clients," explains one source.

Yusuke Takamiya is an emerging talent in the field of antitrust law, advising on large corporate transactions as well as cartel investigations. One interviewee comments that "unquestionably, he has a bright professional future ahead of him."

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Overview

Our competition/antitrust practice is widely recognized both locally and internationally and has received the highest recognition in Japan. We have a track record of successfully representing both domestic and international clients in all aspects of competition/antitrust matter including the most high-profile, challenging global transactions, international cartels which require multiple leniency/amnesty applications in many jurisdictions and anticompetitive conducts. In recent years, competition law enforcement is increasingly dynamic and involving cross-border coordination and sophisticated investigative approach. In addition, new issues are constantly debated globally against the backdrop of technological innovations. Our group consists of highly qualified lawyers some of who have prior experience working for the Japan Fair Trade Commission and advising the Commission on various competition policies, and have strong relationships with many of the leading law firms in major jurisdictions which enable us to provide the best legal service to the clients based on the latest trends both in Japan and abroad.



・Merger Control Practice



・Government Investigation Defense



・Antitrust Litigation



・Counseling on competition law and consumer protection law


Competition/Antitrust

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Location

Marunouchi Park Building

2-6-1 Marunouchi

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo-to

Japan

100-8222

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Japan

Competition/Antitrust


Hideki Utsunomiya
Band 3
Yusuke Takamiya
Up and Coming