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Asia-Pacific 2022
Japan Corporate/M&A: Domestic
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7 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto advises a broad range of clients across key industry sectors, including blue-chip industrial companies, banks and financial institution, private equity funds etc.  The firm is highly regarded for handling complex, highly regulated transactions, including transactions with novel or unprecedented characteristics.

The firm has developed expertise in cross-border transactions on a global scale. In addition to developing strong relationships with top law firms worldwide, the firm was one of the first firms to enter the Chinese market with offices in both Beijing and Shanghai and more recently opened offices in Singapore (established in 2012), Yangon (established in 2014), Bangkok (established in 2015, integrated with Chandler and Thong-ek in 2017 (Chandler MHM)) and Ho Chi Minh City (established in 2018). The firm has also developed a broad-based network globally by dispatching lawyers to leading local law firms.

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What the team is known for

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto fields a highly established team with a distinguished record of acting for household-name corporations and major financial institutions on corporate structurings, acquisitions, buyouts, disposals and joint ventures. Highly proficient in representing both sellers and buyers in cross-border acquisitions. Additional expertise in consolidation and business integrations under the stock exchange programme. Boasts an impressive client portfolio of leading private equity houses, investment firms, and major and multinational domestic corporations.

Strengths

A client appreciates the team's "outstanding performance," explaining: "They provide a full breadth of services," while another adds: "They're extremely reliable and flexible."

A further source applauds the firm, noting: "There are many excellent lawyers at the firm. They can respond confidently to various related legal issues. They are all easy to talk with and we feel secure, as they make us feel that we can solve our problem together. In addition, they have a solid oversea network, which is helpful for companies like us expanding our business internationally."

Work highlights

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto advised Mitsuba Corporation regarding its issuance of preferred stock to private equity fund Japan Industrial Solutions, in a deal valued at JPY20 billion.

Notable practitioners

Gaku Ishiwata remains highly regarded by sources. He has experience acting on cross-border acquisitions and private equity transactions. "He is an extremely clever lawyer who is good at grasping the essence of the problem, and I think the quality of his output is very high," reports one satisfied client.

Hajime Tanahashi remains particularly active on M&A transactions and is also experienced in private equity and corporate governance matters. He wins market endorsements for his "deep understanding of client investment philosophy," and for being "very well known and famous," while a further source adds: "He is still active and is an unbelievably hands-on and reliable lawyer."

Yuto Matsumura has experience on cross-border M&A across jurisdictions in Asia, Europe and the USA. He frequently acts for major Japanese corporates in cross-border transactions.

Hirokazu Hayashi advises on business integrations, corporate governance and venture capital transactions. "He responds quickly and is really strong in negotiations," appreciates one client, explaining: "As well as his ability as an expert, it is also very helpful to get his business perspective. He can explain and make proposals according to the situation and the position of our company."

Yoshihiro Kojima provides extensive experience in handling joint venture transactions and acquisitions. A market source singles out his expertise in the field of M&A, saying: "He has a wide range of experience in M&A. He is a reliable lawyer."

Atsushi Oishi remains active on mergers and also has experience in corporate restructurings. Sources are quick to praise his commercial awareness and good business sense, as well as his legal experience.

Akira Matsushita is an up-and-coming practitioner in the firm's M&A team with particular expertise regarding shareholder activism and hostile takeovers. An interviewee appreciates his "thoughtful and prudent advice," while another describes him as "a really capable lawyer" who is "very easy to talk with."

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Gaku Ishiwata
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Hajime Tanahashi
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Yuto Matsumura
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Atsushi Oishi
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Hirokazu Hayashi
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