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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2015

Date:    Thursday, June 18, 2015

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo - 2/F, Grand Ballroom

             Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6245 Japan

The ALB JapanLaw Awards 2015 will be held on June 18, 2015 in Tokyo and it will recognise the excellence and outstanding achievements of Japan's leading law firms and in-house legal teams as well as the top deals and dealmakers of the past year.

The awards night on June 18, 2015 is expected to attract CEOs, bankers and legal luminaries from the judiciary, domestic and multinational companies, law firms, and academe in Japan. With unparalleled networking opportunities, live entertainment and fine gourmet dinner that the event promises, the ALB Japan Law Awards is a must-see ceremony in every lawyer's event calendar.

Nominations open on March 17, 2015. Please download the nomination form to make your nominations.

For enquiries please contact Colin Wang through email colin.wang@thomsonreuters.com or telephone +86-10-62674306

 

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 GUEST OF HONOUR

 

Dr. Nobuyuki Sato

 Dr. Nobuyuki Sato is a professor of law at Chuo Law School, Tokyo, Japan.  He was in charge of the vice president of Chuo University from Jan. 2011 to Nov. 2014.

As a scholar, he is researching Comparative Public Law among Japan, Canada, US and UK mainly focusing Information Law including privacy law, media law and ICT law.  As an educator, he is teaching various Legal Research courses for lawyers, government personnel and business persons as well as for law students.  As an academic, he has been working for the Japanese Association for Canadian Studies (JACS) as the vice president over 10 years, and working for various government committees as a chair or member.

Born in Fukushima.  B.A.(Chuo, 1985), LL.M.(Chuo, 1988) and Ph.D. in Law (Chuo, 2000).  For full bio, please visit the URL below.

http://ir.c.chuo-u.ac.jp/researcher/profile/00010734.html

                                                              

                                                                                                                                   

 

Award Categories

 

8 Deal Award categories

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Energy & Resources Deal of the Year

M&A Deal of the Year

Real Estate Deal of the Year

TMT Deal of the Year

Japan Deal of the Year

Accountancy Deal Firm of the Year

 

7 In-House Award categories

Banking & Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

Japan Investment Bank Team of the Year

International Investment Bank Team of the Year

TMT In-House Team of the Year

Innovative In-House Team of the Year

Japan In-House Lawyer of the Year

Japan In-House Team of the Year

 

15 Firm Award categories

Banking Law Firm of the Year

Employment Law Firm of the Year

Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

IP Law Firm of the Year

International Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year

Litigation Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Tax Law Firm of the Year

Best SEA Practice of the Year

Best China Practice of the Year

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Managing Partner of the Year

International Deal Firm of the Year

Japan Deal Firm of the Year

Japan Law Firm of the Year

 

Nominations open on March 17, 2015. Please download the nomination form to make your nominations.

 

For more information about placing a nomination, please contact Colin via colin.wang@thomsonreuters.com or +86-10-62674306.

 

17 Mar 2015        Nominations are open

8 May 2015          Deadline for nominations

18 May 2015        Finalists in each category announced on ALB website

18 Jun2015         ALB Japan Law Awards 2015 – winners to be announced at award ceremony

 

 

Methodology

1) Parameters

  • Law firms, in-house departments, banks and accountancy firms must be based or have physical offices in Japan (exceptions are the offshore firms)
  • All deals must have a significant Japan element to qualify (which must ihnclude at least one of the following):

a) the money to have come from Japan;

b) the deal to be signed in Japan;

c) the legal work to have been done in Japan or

d) the property or project to be based in Japan

  • Work completed and services provided within the period of 1 Jan 2014 through 31 Dec 2014

2) Composition of Judging Panel

Over 30 in-house counsel, private practice lawyers,  government officials and academia professors will comprise the judging panel 

(Note: any judges involved in a specific deal or category are disqualified from voting for a related award category).

3) Guidelines

  • Leading law firms and in-house legal departments are invited by e-mail to nominate across various categories.
  • All nominations are made using only the nomination form provided.
  • Nomination forms are strictly private and confidential and are shared only by the event organiser (the ALB) and the judging panel.
  • The ALB team passes the nomination data to the external panel of judges, who examine the information and vote. The judges’ votes are aggregated to calculate the winner in each category.
  • The judges' votes are independent of the ALB.
  • The judges' votes are final.
  • Self-nominations by organizations or individuals are accepted.

4) Categories

a) Deal Award Categories

  • Debt market deal of the Year
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year
  • Energy & Resources Deal of the Year
  • M&A Deal of the Year
  • Real Estate Deal of the Year
  • TMT Deal of the Year
  • Japan Deal of the Year
  • Accountancy Deal Firm of the Year

Criteria

  • Size - the minimum financial value of the deal required for individual deal category

oDebt Market Deal of the Year: US$1 billion or above

oEquity Market Deal of the Year: US$750 million or above

oEnergy & Resources Deal of the Year: US$750 million or above

oM&A Deal of the Year: US$ 1billion or above

oReal Estate Deal of the Year: US$750 million or above

oTMT Deal of the Year: US$750 million or above

oJapan Deal of the Year(Finalists are winners of the individual deal categories, and the the winning deal is that with the highest score out of all the deal category winners - Finalists announced on the night)

oAccountancy Deal Firm of the Year (Finalists are selected from the accountancy firm who has involved in the finalisted deals)

  • Complexity - the degree to which the work required intricate legal principles or advanced techniques and structures
  • Innovation/Improvement - the degree to which the work involved original techniques and structures or innovative legal rules and regulations/the degree to which the work involved improved techniques and structures or legal rules and regulations
  • Breadth - the degree to which the deal spanned jurisdictions, practice areas, parties and industries
  • TIMESCOPE - the major portion of the deal should be completed between 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014

b) In-House Awards Categories

  • Banking & Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
  • Japan Investment Bank Team of the Year
  • International Investment Bank Team of the Year
  • TMT In-House Team of the Year
  • Innovative In-House Team of the Year
  • Japan In-House Lawyer of the Year
  • Japan In-House Team of the Year(Finalists are winners of the individual In-House categories, and the the winning team is that with the highest score out of all the category winners - Finalists announced on the night)

CriteriaTeam size

  • No. of transactions/deals/projects completed, successful cases handled, disputes settled and legal services provided within the organization
  • The total volume of transactions in US$
  • Top three significant work involvement within the period of 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
  • c) Firm Awards CategoriesBanking and Finance Law Firm of the Year
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year
  • Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
  • International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
  • IP Law Firm of the Year
  • International Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year
  • Litigation Specialist Law Firm of the Year
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year
  • Best SEA Practice of the Year
  • Best China Practice of the Year
  • Offshore Law Firm of the Year
  • Managing Partner of the Year
  • International Deal Firm of the Year
  • Japan Deal Firm of the Year
  • Japan Law Firm of the Year(Finalists are winners of the individual law firm categories, and the the winning firm is that with the highest score out of all the category winners - Finalists announced on the night)

CriteriaTeam size (fee earners only)

  • Key hires/departures
  • Key work highlights and third party recognition, in the relevant practice area. This covers work between 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
  • Please view each tab for more details

5) Award timeline

17 Mar 2015Nominations are open

8 May 2015             Deadline for nominations – please email completed form to Colin Wang at                                         colin.wang@thomsonreuters.com

18 May 2015Finalists in each category announced on ALB website

18 Jun 2015        ALB Japan Law Awards 2015 – winners to be announced at award ceremony

 

 

ALB Japan Law Awards 2015

Finalists

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Aozora Re’s Japanese Typhoon Catastrophe Bond

Firms: Atsumi & Sakai; Mayer Brown

Banks: GC Securities, an affiliate of Marsh

Credit Suisse AG's bond issuance and public offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s notes offering

Firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Citigroup; Goldman Sachs & Co; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities

Debt financing related to Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Nishimura & Asahi

Deutsche Bank AG’s Samurai Bond Issuance

Firms: Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

Japan Finance Organization for Municipalities’ Takedown Offering

Firms: Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Accountancy Firm: Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC

Metropolis of Tokyo USD Eurobonds issuance

Firms: Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Barclays Bank PLC; Goldman Sachs International; Merrill Lynch International;

Nomura International plc

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation's Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Mizuho Bank’s Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan Securities; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.

Mizuho Financial Group’s issuance of Basel III Compliant Subordinated Notes

Firms: Emmet Marvin & Martin; Linklaters; Maples and Calder; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley’s samurai bond offering

Firms: Linklaters

Nippon Life Step-up Callable Subordinated Notes Offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Accountancy Firm: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC

Nomura Holdings, Inc.'s SEC-registered offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Sullivan & Cromwell

Nordea Samurai Bond Offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Mannheimer Swartling

Banks: Daiwa Securities; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities; Mizuho Securities; Nomura Securities

Accountancy Firm: KPMG

Skylark’s IPO Restructuring and Financing

Firms: Baker & McKenzie; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Ropes & Gray

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; JPMorgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu LLC; KPMG AZSA LLC; PricewaterhouseCoopers Arata

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s GMTN Program Set Up and Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Barclays Securities Japan Limited; Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; J.P. Morgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s GMTN Program Update and Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Barclays Securities Japan Limited; Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; J.P. Morgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group’s Tier 2 Subordinated Bond Offering

Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Barclays Securities Japan Limited; Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Suntory Holdings Limited’s Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Citigroup; Barclays; BNP Paribas; BofA Merrill Lynch; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. (BTMU)’s Senior Debt Offering

Firms: City-Yuwa Partners; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Business Transfer, Formation and IPO of a business trust in Singapore, Loan with Share Acquisition Rights, and Self Tender Offer

Firms: Allen & Gledhill; Miyakezaka Law Offices; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s stock offering

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mizuho Securities; Nomura Securities

Fast Retailing's listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Hulic Reit, Inc’s Global IPO and follow-on PO

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell

Issuance of Debt-like preferred stock by Kyushu Electric Power Company, Incorporated

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Issuance of new shares by third-party allotment by ITOCHU Corporation as part of its strategic alliance with Charoen Pokphand Group Limited

Firms: Ashurst; Chandler and Thong-Ek Law Offices; Frasers Law Company; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

Itochu, CP Group’s investment in Citic

Firm: Ashurst; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sidley Austin

Japan Display Inc’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Goldman Sachs International; Morgan Stanley; Nomura International

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s global offering of its common stock

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd’s global offering of common stock

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Daiwa Securities Inc., Ltd.; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Recruit Holdings’ IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

Seibu Holdings’ global IPO

Firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Limited; J.P. Morgan Securities plc; Merrill Lynch International; Mizuho International plc; Nomura International plc; UBS Limited

Skylark’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Ropes & Gray; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; JPMorgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu LLC; KPMG AZSA LLC; PricewaterhouseCoopers Arata

Terumo Corporation’s Dual-Tranche Convertible Bond issuance

Firms: Clifford Chance; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Goldman Sachs International; Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc; Nomura International plc; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Toray Industry, Inc’s Dual-Tranche "Recap" Convertible Bond issuance

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance

Banks: Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited; Goldman Sachs International; Nomura International plc; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Accountancy Firm: Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC

 

Energy and Resources Deal of the Year

480 MW photovoltaic power plant project on the island of Ukujima, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

Firms: Atsumi & Sakai; Janssen Foreign Law Office

Debt financing for the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Hackberry, Louisiana

Firm: Latham & Watkins

Development and Project Financing of 230MW photovoltaic plant in Setouchi Japan

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Okamura Sogo Law Office; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Donggi Senoro LNG Project in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Firm: Allen & Overy; Ashurst

Financing for the Safi Independent Power Project in Morocco

Firms: Clifford Chance; Linklaters

Freeport LNG Liquefaction Facility

Firms: Chadbourne & Parke; Hunton & Williams; Morrison & Foerster; Nishimura & Asahi; White & Case

Banks: Macquarie Capital

Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal’s purchase of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC

Firms: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Lazard Ltd.; Rothschild

Petra Nova’s Carbon Capture Sequestration/Enhanced Oil Recovery (“CCS/EOR”) Project

Firms: Andrews Kurth; Haynes Boone; Hogan Lovells; Jones Day; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Project financing for the construction of the Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Firm: Allen & Overy; Herbert Smith Freehills; Latham & Watkins

Banks: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited; Bank of China Limited; BNP Paribas; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Industrial and Commercial Bank of China; ING Bank N.V.; Mizuho Bank, Ltd; National Australia Bank Limited; Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited; Societe Generale S.A.;Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.;The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; Westpac Banking Corporation

Project financing for Ultra-Deepwater FPSO operation project in Carioca area of Brazil

Firms: Ashurst Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo; C. Rameh & Advogados Associados; J&A Garrigues; King&Wood Mallesons; Lennox Paton; Nishimura & Asahi; Norton Rose Fulbright; Stibbe; Tostes e Associados Advogados

Sarulla Geothermal Power Project

Firms: ABNR; Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners; Latham & Watkins; Maples and Calder; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Mochtar Karuwin & Komar

Tepco BPS long-term LNG purchase contract

Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright

 

M&A Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Windsor Quality Holdings, LP by Ajinomoto North America, Inc.

Firms: Baker Botts; Jones Day

Banks: Morgan Stanley; Price Horne

Accountancy Firm: Ernst & Young

Charoen Pokphand’s cross investment and business alliance with ITOCHU

Firms: Ashurst; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

Dai-ichi Life Insurance’s acquisition of Protective Life Corporation

Firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Debevoise & Plimpton; Willkie, Farr & Gallagher

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley

Daiichi Sankyo’s Sale of Ranbaxy to Sun Pharma

Firms: Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.; Crawford Bayley & Co.; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Luthra & Luthra Law Offices; Shearman & Sterling

Banks: Citigroup Inc.; Evercore; Goldman Sachs & Co.; ICICI Securities

Itochu, CP Group’s investment in Citic

Firm: Ashurst; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sidley Austin

KDDI and Sumitomo’s telecoms joint venture in Myanmar with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications

Firm: Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation’s tender offer for Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling

Mizkan Holdings’ acquisition of the Ragú and Bertolli pasta sauce business from Unilever

Firms: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Shearman & Sterling

Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal’s purchase of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC

Firms: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Lazard Ltd.; Rothschild

Otsuka Pharamaceutical Co. Ltd’s Acquisition of Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Panasonic Corporation’s sale of Panasonic Healthcare to KKR

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sale of residential real estate business by GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone

Firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Morgan Stanley

SoftBank’s acquisition of Brightstar

Firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Cahill Gordon & Reindel; K&L Gates; Morrison & Cohen; Morrison & Foerster; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Banks: Goldman Sachs; The Raine Group

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte; KPMG

Starbucks Corporation's acquisition of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. through dual tender offers transaction

Firms: Latham & Watkins; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Ohara Law Office

Strategic alliance between Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. and Wuthelam group

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s acquisition of Flagship Rail Services, LLC

Firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firm: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kirkland & Ellis; Nishimura & Asahi; Sidley Austin; White & Case

Banks: Centerview Partners; Credit Suisse; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; Morgan Stanley

Toyota Industries Corporation’s acquisition of a commercial business from Toyota Motor Credit Corporation

Firms: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Real Estate Deal of the Year

Fortune REIT's Loan Facility

Firms: Allen & Overy; Appleby; Baker & McKenzie

Hulic Reit, Inc’s Global IPO and follow-on PO

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd’s global offering of common stock

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Daiwa Securities Inc., Ltd.; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Purchase of Meguro Gajoen by Mori Trust

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Sale of Pacific Century Place Offices

Firms: White & Case

Sale of residential real estate business by GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone

Firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Morgan Stanley

 

TMT Deal of the Year

Alibaba’s sale of assets primarily relating to its SME loan business to Zhejiang Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Company

Firms: Appleby; Maples and Calder; Morrison & Foerster; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Bellsystem24 Sale, Dividend Recapitalization and Restructuring

Firms: Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Ropes & Gray

Japan Display Inc’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett ; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Goldman Sachs International; Morgan Stanley; Nomura International

KDDI and Sumitomo’s telecoms joint venture in Myanmar with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications

Firm: Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi

Private finance initiative (PFI) and project finance scheme for the “Quasi-Zenith Satellite System” project

Firms: Baker & McKenzie; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Rakuten Inc.’s acquisition of Viber Media Ltd.

Firms: GKH Law Offices; Linklaters; Meister Seelig & Fein; Morrison & Foerster; Nishimura & Asahi; White & Case

Banks: Goldman Sachs

Recruit Holdings’ IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

 

Accountancy Deal Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

Japan Deal the Year

Finalists to be announced on the night

 

The Japan In-House Counsel Network Award Banking & Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

J.P. Morgan Securities Japan Co

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

 

Japanese Investment Bank In-House Team of the Year

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

 

International Investment Bank In-House Team of the Year

Goldman Sachs Japan Co

JP Morgan Securities Japan Co

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

 

TMT In-House Team of the Year

IBM Japan

KDDI

Softbank

 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year

IBM Japan

Itochu Corporation

JP Morgan Securities Japan Co

KVH

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

 

Japan In-House Lawyer of the Year

Goldman Sachs Japan Co                        Yutaka Miura

JPMorgan Securities Japan Co                 Jeremy Entwisle

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co       Christopher O. Hathaway

 

Japan In-House Team of the Year

Finalists to be announced on the night

 

Banking Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Atsumi & Sakai

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Employment Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

 

American Chamber of Commerce In Japan Award International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Herbert Smith Freehills

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

 

IP Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Hogan Lovells

Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Ohno & Partners

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Ropes & Gray

SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys

TMI Associates

 

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Litigation Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

 

Tax Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Best Southeast Asia Practice Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

TMI Associates

 

Best China Practice Law Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

TMI Associates

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Appleby

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Maples and Calder

Walkers

 

Managing Partner of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune                                                     Ryu Umezu

Atsumi & Sakai                                                                           Hiroo Atsumi

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)                       Jeremy Pitts

Davis Polk & Wardwell                                                                Theodore A. Paradise

Herbert Smith Freehills                                                               Peter Godwin

Morrison & Foerster                                                                    Ken Siegel

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe                                                       L. Mark Weeks

Sullivan & Cromwell                                                                     Izumi Akai

 

International Deal Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Morrison & Foerster

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Japanese Deal Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Atsumi & Sakai

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Japan Law Firm of the Year

Finalists to be announced on the night

 

For information about the event, please email Tracy at tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com, or call +852 2847 2046

 

ALB Japan Law Awards 2015

Winners

Debt Market Deal of the Year

The winner is:

Debt financing related to Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Nishimura & Asahi

 

The finalists are:

Aozora Re’s Japanese Typhoon Catastrophe Bond

Firms: Atsumi & Sakai; Mayer Brown

Banks: GC Securities, an affiliate of Marsh

Credit Suisse AG's bond issuance and public offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s notes offering

Firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Citigroup; Goldman Sachs & Co; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities

Debt financing related to Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Nishimura & Asahi

Deutsche Bank AG’s Samurai Bond Issuance

Firms: Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

Japan Finance Organization for Municipalities’ Takedown Offering

Firms: Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Accountancy Firm: Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC

Metropolis of Tokyo USD Eurobonds issuance

Firms: Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Barclays Bank PLC; Goldman Sachs International; Merrill Lynch International;

Nomura International plc

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation's Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Mizuho Bank’s Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan Securities; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.

Mizuho Financial Group’s issuance of Basel III Compliant Subordinated Notes

Firms: Emmet Marvin & Martin; Linklaters; Maples and Calder; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley’s samurai bond offering

Firms: Linklaters

Nippon Life Step-up Callable Subordinated Notes Offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Accountancy Firm: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC

Nomura Holdings, Inc.'s SEC-registered offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Sullivan & Cromwell

Nordea Samurai Bond Offering

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Mannheimer Swartling

Banks: Daiwa Securities; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities; Mizuho Securities; Nomura Securities

Accountancy Firm: KPMG

Skylark’s IPO Restructuring and Financing

Firms: Baker & McKenzie; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Ropes & Gray

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; JPMorgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu LLC; KPMG AZSA LLC; PricewaterhouseCoopers Arata

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s GMTN Program Set Up and Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Barclays Securities Japan Limited; Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; J.P. Morgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s GMTN Program Update and Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Barclays Securities Japan Limited; Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; J.P. Morgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group’s Tier 2 Subordinated Bond Offering

Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Barclays Securities Japan Limited; Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Suntory Holdings Limited’s Senior Notes Offering

Firms: Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Citigroup; Barclays; BNP Paribas; BofA Merrill Lynch; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. (BTMU)’s Senior Debt Offering

Firms: City-Yuwa Partners; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

The winner is:

Skylark’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Ropes & Gray; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; JPMorgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu LLC; KPMG AZSA LLC; PricewaterhouseCoopers Arata

 

The finalists are:

Business Transfer, Formation and IPO of a business trust in Singapore, Loan with Share Acquisition Rights, and Self Tender Offer

Firms: Allen & Gledhill; Miyakezaka Law Offices; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s stock offering

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mizuho Securities; Nomura Securities

Fast Retailing's listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Hulic Reit, Inc’s Global IPO and follow-on PO

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell

Issuance of Debt-like preferred stock by Kyushu Electric Power Company, Incorporated

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Issuance of new shares by third-party allotment by ITOCHU Corporation as part of its strategic alliance with Charoen Pokphand Group Limited

Firms: Ashurst; Chandler and Thong-Ek Law Offices; Frasers Law Company; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

Itochu, CP Group’s investment in Citic

Firm: Ashurst; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sidley Austin

Japan Display Inc’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Goldman Sachs International; Morgan Stanley; Nomura International

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s global offering of its common stock

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd’s global offering of common stock

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Daiwa Securities Inc., Ltd.; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Recruit Holdings’ IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

Seibu Holdings’ global IPO

Firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Limited; J.P. Morgan Securities plc; Merrill Lynch International; Mizuho International plc; Nomura International plc; UBS Limited

Skylark’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Ropes & Gray; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; JPMorgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu LLC; KPMG AZSA LLC; PricewaterhouseCoopers Arata

Terumo Corporation’s Dual-Tranche Convertible Bond issuance

Firms: Clifford Chance; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Goldman Sachs International; Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc; Nomura International plc; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Toray Industry, Inc’s Dual-Tranche "Recap" Convertible Bond issuance

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance

Banks: Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited; Goldman Sachs International; Nomura International plc; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Accountancy Firm: Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC

 

Energy and Resources Deal of the Year

The winner is:

Donggi Senoro LNG Project in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Firm: Allen & Overy; Ashurst

 

The finalists are:

480 MW photovoltaic power plant project on the island of Ukujima, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

Firms: Atsumi & Sakai; Janssen Foreign Law Office

Debt financing for the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Hackberry, Louisiana

Firm: Latham & Watkins

Development and Project Financing of 230MW photovoltaic plant in Setouchi Japan

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Okamura Sogo Law Office; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Donggi Senoro LNG Project in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Firm: Allen & Overy; Ashurst

Financing for the Safi Independent Power Project in Morocco

Firms: Clifford Chance; Linklaters

Freeport LNG Liquefaction Facility

Firms: Chadbourne & Parke; Hunton & Williams; Morrison & Foerster; Nishimura & Asahi; White & Case

Banks: Macquarie Capital

Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal’s purchase of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC

Firms: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Lazard Ltd.; Rothschild

Petra Nova’s Carbon Capture Sequestration/Enhanced Oil Recovery (“CCS/EOR”) Project

Firms: Andrews Kurth; Haynes Boone; Hogan Lovells; Jones Day; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Project financing for the construction of the Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Firm: Allen & Overy; Herbert Smith Freehills; Latham & Watkins

Banks: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited; Bank of China Limited; BNP Paribas; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Industrial and Commercial Bank of China; ING Bank N.V.; Mizuho Bank, Ltd; National Australia Bank Limited; Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited; Societe Generale S.A.;Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.;The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; Westpac Banking Corporation

Project financing for Ultra-Deepwater FPSO operation project in Carioca area of Brazil

Firms: Ashurst Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo; C. Rameh & Advogados Associados; J&A Garrigues; King&Wood Mallesons; Lennox Paton; Nishimura & Asahi; Norton Rose Fulbright; Stibbe; Tostes e Associados Advogados

Sarulla Geothermal Power Project

Firms: ABNR; Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners; Latham & Watkins; Maples and Calder; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Mochtar Karuwin & Komar

Tepco BPS long-term LNG purchase contract

Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright

 

M&A Deal of the Year

The winner is:

Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firm: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kirkland & Ellis; Nishimura & Asahi; Sidley Austin; White & Case

Banks: Centerview Partners; Credit Suisse; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; Morgan Stanley

 

The finalists are:

Acquisition of Windsor Quality Holdings, LP by Ajinomoto North America, Inc.

Firms: Baker Botts; Jones Day

Banks: Morgan Stanley; Price Horne

Accountancy Firm: Ernst & Young

Charoen Pokphand’s cross investment and business alliance with ITOCHU

Firms: Ashurst; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

Dai-ichi Life Insurance’s acquisition of Protective Life Corporation

Firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Debevoise & Plimpton; Willkie, Farr & Gallagher

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley

Daiichi Sankyo’s Sale of Ranbaxy to Sun Pharma

Firms: Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.; Crawford Bayley & Co.; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Luthra & Luthra Law Offices; Shearman & Sterling

Banks: Citigroup Inc.; Evercore; Goldman Sachs & Co.; ICICI Securities

Itochu, CP Group’s investment in Citic

Firm: Ashurst; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sidley Austin

KDDI and Sumitomo’s telecoms joint venture in Myanmar with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications

Firm: Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation’s tender offer for Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling

Mizkan Holdings’ acquisition of the Ragú and Bertolli pasta sauce business from Unilever

Firms: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Shearman & Sterling

Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal’s purchase of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC

Firms: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Lazard Ltd.; Rothschild

Otsuka Pharamaceutical Co. Ltd’s Acquisition of Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Panasonic Corporation’s sale of Panasonic Healthcare to KKR

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sale of residential real estate business by GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone

Firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Morgan Stanley

SoftBank’s acquisition of Brightstar

Firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Cahill Gordon & Reindel; K&L Gates; Morrison & Cohen; Morrison & Foerster; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Banks: Goldman Sachs; The Raine Group

Accountancy Firms: Deloitte; KPMG

Starbucks Corporation's acquisition of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. through dual tender offers transaction

Firms: Latham & Watkins; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Ohara Law Office

Strategic alliance between Nippon Paint Co., Ltd. and Wuthelam group

Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s acquisition of Flagship Rail Services, LLC

Firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firm: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kirkland & Ellis; Nishimura & Asahi; Sidley Austin; White & Case

Banks: Centerview Partners; Credit Suisse; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; Morgan Stanley

Toyota Industries Corporation’s acquisition of a commercial business from Toyota Motor Credit Corporation

Firms: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Real Estate Deal of the Year

The winner is:

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd’s global offering of common stock

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Daiwa Securities Inc., Ltd.; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

 

The finalists are:

Fortune REIT's Loan Facility

Firms: Allen & Overy; Appleby; Baker & McKenzie

Hulic Reit, Inc’s Global IPO and follow-on PO

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell

Accountancy Firm: KPMG AZSA LLC

Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd’s global offering of common stock

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Daiwa Securities Inc., Ltd.; Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Purchase of Meguro Gajoen by Mori Trust

Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Sale of Pacific Century Place Offices

Firms: White & Case

Sale of residential real estate business by GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone

Firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Morgan Stanley

 

TMT Deal of the Year

The winner is:

Recruit Holdings’ IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

 

The finalists are:

Alibaba’s sale of assets primarily relating to its SME loan business to Zhejiang Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Company

Firms: Appleby; Maples and Calder; Morrison & Foerster; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Bellsystem24 Sale, Dividend Recapitalization and Restructuring

Firms: Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Ropes & Gray

Japan Display Inc’s IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett ; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Goldman Sachs International; Morgan Stanley; Nomura International

KDDI and Sumitomo’s telecoms joint venture in Myanmar with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications

Firm: Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi

Private finance initiative (PFI) and project finance scheme for the “Quasi-Zenith Satellite System” project

Firms: Baker & McKenzie; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Rakuten Inc.’s acquisition of Viber Media Ltd.

Firms: GKH Law Offices; Linklaters; Meister Seelig & Fein; Morrison & Foerster; Nishimura & Asahi; White & Case

Banks: Goldman Sachs

Recruit Holdings’ IPO

Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

 

Accountancy Deal Firm of the Year

The winner is:

KPMG

The finalists are:

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

KPMG

PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

Japan Deal the Year

The winner is:

Suntory Holdings Limited's acquisition of Beam Inc.

Firm: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kirkland & Ellis; Nishimura & Asahi; Sidley Austin; White & Case

Banks: Centerview Partners; Credit Suisse; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; Morgan Stanley

 

The Japan In-House Counsel Network Award Banking & Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

The winner is:

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

The finalists are:

J.P. Morgan Securities Japan Co

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

 

Japanese Investment Bank In-House Team of the Year

The winner is:

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

The finalists are:

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

 

International Investment Bank In-House Team of the Year

The winner is:

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

The finalists are:

Goldman Sachs Japan Co

JP Morgan Securities Japan Co

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

 

TMT In-House Team of the Year

The winner is:

Softbank

The finalists are:

IBM Japan

KDDI

Softbank

 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year

The winner is:

Itochu Corporation

The finalists are:

IBM Japan

Itochu Corporation

JP Morgan Securities Japan Co

KVH

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

 

Japan In-House Lawyer of the Year

The winner is:

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co       Christopher O. Hathaway

The finalists are:

Goldman Sachs Japan Co                        Yutaka Miura

JPMorgan Securities Japan Co                 Jeremy Entwisle

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co       Christopher O. Hathaway

 

Japan In-House Team of the Year

The winner is:

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co

 

Banking Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Atsumi & Sakai

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Employment Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

 

American Chamber of Commerce In Japan Award International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Herbert Smith Freehills

The finalists are:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Herbert Smith Freehills

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

 

IP Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Morrison & Foerster

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Hogan Lovells

Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Ohno & Partners

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Ropes & Gray

SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys

TMI Associates

 

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The finalists are:

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Litigation Specialist Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

 

Tax Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Nishimura & Asahi

The finalists are:

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Best Southeast Asia Practice Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

TMI Associates

 

Best China Practice Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

TMI Associates

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Maples and Calder

The finalists are:

Appleby

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Maples and Calder

Walkers

 

Managing Partner of the Year

The winner is:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune                                                     Ryu Umezu

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune                                                     Ryu Umezu

Atsumi & Sakai                                                                           Hiroo Atsumi

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)                       Jeremy Pitts

Davis Polk & Wardwell                                                                Theodore A. Paradise

Herbert Smith Freehills                                                               Peter Godwin

Morrison & Foerster                                                                    Ken Siegel

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe                                                       L. Mark Weeks

Sullivan & Cromwell                                                                     Izumi Akai

 

International Deal Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

The finalists are:

Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Morrison & Foerster

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Japanese Deal Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

The finalists are:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Atsumi & Sakai

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Japan Law Firm of the Year

The winner is:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

 

 

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Date:  Thursday, June 18, 2015

Venue:  The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
               Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6245 Japan

Price of table/seat includes:
•   Drinks reception
•   Four-course gourmet dinner
•   Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks
•   Gala black tie award ceremony announcing the winners of each award

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