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Asia-Pacific Japan Corporate/M&A: Domestic

This broad category covers both public company and private equity (including venture capital) matters. The chapter includes company acquisitions, dispositions and related financing arrangements, capitalisations, entity selection and formation, operating and partnership agreements, securities and governance matters. Also covers those transactions designed to help restructuring within companies and their subsidiaries by change of ownership. Priority is placed on primary representatives, those acting for buyers and sellers, whilst those acting for financial advisers, underwriters and the banks financing such transactions are also considered.

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Band 1
  1. Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
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    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is highly regarded for its handling of share purchase agreements, tender offers and strategic alliances. The firm is routinely instructed by domestic corporations across a variety of sectors including natural resources, entertainment and financial services, and is noted for its wealth of expertise in assisting both sellers and buyers in M&A transactions. The team boasts experience in relation to cross-border transactions involving India, Hong Kong and the PRC and often acts for private equity and venture capital clients. Its key clients include Bain Capital, Fortress Investment Group and Matsumotokiyoshi Holdings.
  2. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
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    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    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. The firm is highly proficient in representing both sellers and buyers in cross-border acquisitions and has additional expertise in consolidation and business integrations under the stock exchange programme. The team boasts an impressive client portfolio of leading private equity houses, investment firms, and major and multinational domestic corporations, notable clients including SoftBank Group, Hitachi and Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities.
  3. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
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    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu maintains a superb market reputation for undertaking sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions pertaining to stock and company acquisitions, joint ventures, asset transfers and takeover bids. The team is instructed by foreign multinationals in the sale of equity stakes in domestic companies and is also adept in business consolidations. The firm is counsel of choice for some of the biggest household-name corporations in Japan, assisting clients from a wide range of sectors including finance, life sciences and manufacturing. Its key clients include Toshiba, Panasonic, SMBC and Invesco Office J-REIT.
  4. Nishimura & Asahi
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    Nishimura & Asahi
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Nishimura & Asahi is experienced in handling a wide array of transactions relating to tender offers, share exchanges, stock acquisitions and business integration. The firm acts for a variety of domestic companies on inbound and outbound transactions and offers advice to clients on joint ventures with Asian companies. The team also offers expertise in corporate restructuring and consolidation. The firm is able to drawn on expertise from its international network of offices to help facilitate cross-border matters. Its key clients include Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Hitachi Metals and SBI Holdings.
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Band 2
  1. TMI Associates
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    TMI Associates
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    TMI Associates regularly assists corporations with domestic and cross-border transfers, management and leveraged buyouts and other M&A transactions. The firm offers support in joint ventures, share exchanges and the establishment of special purpose companies. The team maintains a proven track record advising banks, private equity firms and insurers, in addition to public companies across various industries, and is noted for its defence work in shareholder activism matters.
  2. White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)
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    White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    White & Case frequently assists with a range of corporate work, including joint ventures, share acquisitions and sales of subsidiaries. The firm fields both bengoshi partners and registered foreign lawyers to provide robust support to an array of domestic and international clients. Its workload spans M&A transactions in the energy and transportation sectors through to the food, technology and mobile gaming industries. The firm is sought after for its international reach and often coordinates mandates with colleagues in the UK, Singapore, Australia and the USA. Major clients include Panasonic, PayPal Holdings and SoftBank Group.
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Band 3
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer leverages its network of offices to support corporations on a range of inbound and outbound M&A transactions. The firm is deeply experienced in the infrastructure, oil and gas, chemical and technology industries. Workflow covers both public company and share acquisitions, as well as private equity-led buyouts. It offers seamless coordination on cross-border transactions and often leverages support from colleagues in Hong Kong, Singapore, a number of European jurisdictions and the USA. Notable clients include SSE Renewables and Toray Industries.
  2. Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
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    Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is distinguished for its prowess in representing Osaka-based corporations. The firm garners recognition for its handling of general corporate and restructuring matters in addition to M&A and private equity transactions. It is prominent in advising pharmaceutical, engineering and manufacturing clients as well as corporations active in the Kansai region and is also recognised for its national practice. Its key clients include Rengo, Sawai Group Holdings, and Narumiya International.
  3. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates | Skadden Arps Law Office
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates | Skadden Arps Law Office
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates has longstanding expertise in tackling international M&A work on behalf of sellers and buyers. The firm is recognised for its notable activity in structuring joint ventures on behalf of major Japanese corporations and acts for both individual investors and investor consortiums in private equity-led M&A. The firm leverages its extensive international network on complex cross-border acquisitions involving Japanese companies. Notable clients include Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing, Toshiba America Energy Systems and Square Enix.
  4. Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Clifford Chance
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    Clifford Chance
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance is highly active on cross-border investments and acquisitions. The firm services a portfolio of domestic and international clients from a range of sectors including energy, agriculture, manufacturing and insurance. The team assists with acquisitions and divestitures as well as business alliances. It works closely with its network of overseas colleagues across the Asia-Pacific region to provide guidance on international transactions. Notable clients include CVC Capital Partners and Amundi.
  2. DLA Piper Tokyo Partnership
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    DLA Piper Tokyo Partnership
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper has an experienced team that advises well-known Japanese companies across a range of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. The firm boasts varied sector coverage including deals in the media, telecommunications, hospitality, finance and pharmaceutical sectors. The team is knowledgeable in various domestic corporate structures, including establishing silent partnerships, and also has particular expertise in cross-border acquisitions, sales and joint ventures, including for technology and life sciences clients. The practice also receives instructions from multinationals for work on the formation of operations in Japan. Notable recent clients include Japan Bank for International Cooperation, JGC Holdings and Sequoia Capital India Investments IV.
  3. Linklaters Tokyo
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    Linklaters Tokyo
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Linklaters is sought out by Japanese multinationals for its cross-border capabilities and prowess in partial and full acquisitions as well as divestitures. The firm is also engaged in corporate reorganisations and is well versed in advising technology and life science companies. Capital markets and corporate finance capabilities augment its M&A offering and the team is notable for its activity relating to various sectors such as the insurance, finance and electric industries.
  4. Miura & Partners
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    Miura & Partners
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Miura & Partners advises both domestic and international clients on an array of mergers and acquisitions. The firm is noted for its strength in offering one-stop service to clients. It offers services from conducting due diligence and drafting to closing and post-closing. Its key clients include SNK, Benefit One and ALBERT.
  5. Hibiya-Nakata
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4
  6. southgate
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. City-Yuwa Partners
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    City-Yuwa Partners
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    City-Yuwa Partners is a well-known boutique firm with a strong expertise in domestic finance transactions as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. It is experienced in handling domestic and cross-border transactions including share transfer takeover bids, merger, and squeeze-outs.
  2. Gaien Partners
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    Gaien Partners
    Corporate/M&A: Domestic
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Gaien Partners is a well-known boutique firm with its unique expertise in handling various M&A transactions, providing clients with advice and support on transaction structure, documentation and negotiation of related contracts. The firm is active advising on legal due diligence and is well placed to assist clients on a range of corporate issues. Some notable clients include Carrier and THE NIPPON ROAD Co.