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What the team is known for Often seen defending corporates and individual defendants from investigations into behavioural violations, such as price-fixing and bid-rigging cartels, as well as unilateral conduct and unfair trade practices. Regularly mandated side-by-side with international law firms during global cases reviewed by regulators at home and abroad. Also offers compliance advice, as well as assistance with the antitrust aspects of M&A transactions. Clientele includes automotive and industrial manufacturers.
Strengths The team draws praise from one commentator for its "excellent and thoughtful antitrust lawyers," who are described as "sensitive to client needs and focused on a practical approach."
Another client attests to the team's "excellent advice, clarity of position, commerciality of judgement and overall client-friendliness."
Work highlights Assisted DENSO Corporation with the antitrust clearance associated with its acquisition of a 100% stake in Tohoku Pioneer EG from Tohoku Pioneer Corporation.
Looked to for "serious antitrust litigation," the long-serving
Harumichi Uchida has accrued much respect for the breadth of his many decades' experience in Japanese competition and antitrust. A source confirms he is "definitely a legend" in the antitrust market.