TMI Associates

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Firm profile for Asia-Pacific 2021

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Global 2021 FinTech 2021

About

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Senior Managing Partner: Katsuro Tanaka
Senior Partners: Eizo Matsuo, Tomohiro Tohyama, Yoshiyuki Inaba, Ryosuke Ito
Number of partners: 146
Number of attorneys: 486
Number of patent/trademark attorneys: 86
Languages: Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Myanmar, Thai, Vietnamese

Firm Overview:
From its establishment 30 years ago, TMI Associates has grown from its original 11 members to become the second-largest law firm in Japan, with more than 570 attorneys and patent/trademark attorneys based in 16 offices. TMI has comprehensive transactional and dispute resolution capabilities, a distinctive regulatory focus and a renowned IP practice. In addition to the 16 offices in Japan and overseas, TMI has desks focused on Brazil, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate/M&A/Private Equity/Venture Capital:
The firm regularly handles the complex and highstakes corporate and M&A transactions, including large-scale cross-border transactions, going-private transactions, private equity investments, venture capital investments, joint ventures, responding to activist shareholders and formulating takeover defenses. Overseas presence of the firm enables the firm to support clients in M&A deals throughout the Asian region.

Banking/Finance/Energy:
The firm provides cutting-edge solutions in areas such as asset financing for real estate transactions, and project financing for renewable energy and social infrastructure, in addition to more conventional financial services such as banking and capital markets, investment fund and asset management, derivatives and structured products, and leveraged financing.

IP/Media/Entertainment/Telecommunications & Technology:
The firm’s unique and unparalleled ability to form collaborative teams combining attorneys and patent and trademark attorneys has enabled the firm to become a leading law firm in Japan and worldwide in the practice areas surrounding IP, Media, Sports, Entertainment and Telecommunications & Technology. The firm is a pioneer in providing legal services concerning brands, trade secrets and content protection for many of the world’s bestknown companies.

Dispute Resolution (Litigation/Arbitration/ Mediation):
The firm has handled hundreds of cases involving commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, tax disputes, administrative disputes, and other types of matters worldwide. Lawyers of the firm have significant experience in international arbitration cases before arbitral institutions in the role of both counsel and arbitrator.

Risk Management/Investigation:
The firm has an abundance of experience in dealing effectively with complex and sensitive matters for both domestic and international clients. The risk management practice of the firm includes advice on public relations and crisis management, corporate fraud and other investigations and the defense of white-collar criminal claims.

Antitrust/Competition:
The firm’s highly-experienced Antitrust/Competition team provides a wide range of services for clients, from advising on M&A transactions and counseling on business and operational compliance with Japan’s antimonopoly laws, through to providing support in response to large-scale investigations.

International Trade & Investment:
The firm supports its clients in planning for and dealing with trade issues such as tariffs, export control and direct inbound investment restrictions. The firm’s expertise includes the domestic customs laws and investigation processes and other trade measures, such as anti-dumping and safeguards.

Labour/Employment:
The firm its clients with provides practical, problem-solving legal advice on employmentrelated matters. The firm’s services cover the entire spectrum of employment-related matters in Japan, including litigation, negotiation with labour unions, employment-related support for M&A deals, and investigations into harassment and other misconduct.

Life Sciences:
The firm has a leading life sciences practice that serves both established businesses and start-ups in the life sciences and medical care fields. The firm provides these clients with practical legal advice in relation to the development, production, sale, distribution, promotion and advertising of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, cosmetics and health foods.

Maritime/Shipping:
The firm provides legal advice on all types of shipping and maritime matters, including shipping finance, dry-shipping and wet-shipping. The firm’s expertise is particularly strong in the areas of oil tankers, chemical tankers and LNG tankers, and the firm has experience advising shipowners, operators, trading houses, shipbuilders, P&I clubs and hull insurers.

Chambers Global Practice 2020:
https://practiceguides.chambers.com/practice-guides/employment-2020/japan

OTHER PRACTICE AREAS:
■ Business Turnaround/Bankruptcy
■ Real Estate/Construction
■ Tax Disputes and Investigations 

OVERSEAS OFFICES:
For more details about Japan offices, visit website https://www.tmi.gr.jp/about/bases/

CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh:

Email: [email protected]

CHINA
Beijing:

Email: [email protected]

Shanghai:

Email: [email protected]

MYANMAR
Yangon:

Email: [email protected]

SINGAPORE
Email: [email protected]

THAILAND
Bangkok:

Email: [email protected]

UK
London:

Email: [email protected]

USA
Silicon Valley:
Email: [email protected]

VIETNAM
Hanoi:
Email: [email protected]
Ho Chi Minh City:
Email: [email protected]

Asia-Pacific

This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2021 FinTech 2021

Contributions

Total 2 contributions

Law and Practice

Sports Law 2021 in Japan

Authors: Atsushi Igarashi, Yoichiro Kuriyama, Misa Takahashi, Kosuke Ojio

Law and Practice

Employment 2020 in Japan

Authors: Seiji Kurihara, Rie Taiko, Tomoko Narita, Haruka Onoda

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Japan

Banking & Finance: Domestic
Band 3
Competition/Antitrust
Band 4
Corporate/M&A: Domestic
Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Domestic
Band 3
Employment
Band 4
Intellectual Property: Domestic
Band 1

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Capital Markets: Domestic


Hiroyoshi Kuromaru
Band 3

Competition/Antitrust


Harumichi Uchida
Senior Statespeople

Corporate/M&A: Domestic


Masakazu Iwakura
Band 2
Takashi Toichi
Band 4
Takushi Saito
Band 4
Tatsuhiro Takahara
Band 4

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Harumichi UchidaCompetition/Antitrust
Hidetoshi MasunagaDispute Resolution: Domestic
Mitsue AizawaRestructuring/Insolvency
Band 1
Yoshiyuki InabaIntellectual Property: Domestic Firms: Patent Specialists
Band 2
Masakazu IwakuraCorporate/M&A: Domestic
Mitsuko MiyagawaIntellectual Property: Domestic
Band 3
Hiroyoshi KuromaruCapital Markets: Domestic
Satoru NagasakaLife Sciences
Haruo NarimotoReal Estate: Bengoshi
Nobuaki IwashinaTax: Bengoshi
Band 4
Takashi ToichiCorporate/M&A: Domestic
Takushi SaitoCorporate/M&A: Domestic
Tatsuhiro TakaharaCorporate/M&A: Domestic
Motoi FujiiEmployment: Bengoshi

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23rd Floor, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

6-10-1 Roppongi

Minato-ku

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Japan

106-6123

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