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Nishimura & Asahi

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Nishimura & Asahi is widely acknowledged as a leading name in merger clearance and cartel cases, both domestic and international. Houses additional expertise in handling deregulation and market liberalisation matters. Regularly works on merger filings in respect of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, and excels in assisting clients with Phase II merger investigations. Assists clients from a diverse range of industries spanning energy, finance, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, technology, shipping and steel, among others. Its key clients include Nippon Paper Crecia, NAVER Corporation and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance.

Strengths

One impressed client describes the legal team as having "an absolutely incredible competition group," while a further client singles out its ability to "always think two steps ahead of the other side."

The Nishimura & Asahi team is described as "the most innovative and powerful partner for digital cutting-edge clients," and as "one of the most up-to-date law firms for the digital market."

Work highlights

Nishimura & Asahi obtained Phase 1 unconditional clearance from the JFTC in connection with Nippon Paper Crecia's business alliance with Try-Fu.

Notable practitioners

Kozo Kawai has long been called upon for his sector-leading knowledge of non-contentious and contentious antitrust issues, including those relating to M&A transactions, cartels and unilateral behaviour. "Mr Kawai is the doyen of the competition Bar, with an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in the field. He is a true force to be reckoned with whom you want to have on your side," says one client.

Madoka Shimada has a strong track record advising on merger filings and antitrust-related issues. One client reports: "She is a very diligent lawyer. She's across all aspects of competition law and handles domestic and international merger control mandates." A further source says: "Ms Shimada is a very knowledgeable, hands-on competition lawyer who can turn around matters which others have given up on."

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Overview

Our firm have been involved in many major domestic merger cases in Japan, and has produced results for our clients incomparable to any other firm in Japan. We are advising on most of the high-profile or “hard” cases that are subject to the Second Phase review at the Japan Fair Trade Commission (the JFTC). Further, we are regularly selected as local counsel to handle merger filings in Japan for many high-profile cross border and offshore M&A cases.

Our firm has proactively filed leniency applications from the outset of the introduction of the program in cartel and bid-rigging investigations, by which we gained a great deal of experience with the reforms. We have been advising on a large bid-rigging case among major Japanese construction companies on the linear motorcar (Japan’s superconducting Maglev train), which was unveiled in 2017. Moreover, in order to deal with international cartel cases, we have strengthened our partnerships with leading foreign law firms and are able to support Japanese companies when they face cartel investigations by competition agencies of both western and emerging countries as well as providing foreign companies with legal advice in relation to investigations by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission.

Industries

Aerospace & Defence

Automobiles & Parts

Banks

Chemicals

Construction & Materials

Energy

Forestry & Paper

Government

Health Care

Industrial Engineering

Media

Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Retail

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation

Utilities

Competition/Antitrust

Nishimura & Asahi

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Location

Otemon Tower

1-1-2 Otemachi

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo

Japan

100-8124

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Madoka Shimada
Band 3