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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2017!

Date:       Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time:       6:30pm sharp, cocktail
Venue:    The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, 2/F, Grand Ballroom 
                Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6245 Japan 
 

Asian Legal Business is hosting the presentation of awards before Japan's legal circle. These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams that have significantly contributed to the evolving legal landscape of the region. Nominations will open on 1 March 2017, and we will accept submissions in the form of self-recommendations and third-party nominations. 

The process will culminate in an awards ceremony on June 7, 2017. This black-tie banquet will be graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms, in-house departments, and the legal academe from across Japan and regionally. 

Come and celebrate legal excellence with us! Put forward your own team or that of others you have worked with in the past year as an earnest act of recognition and gratitude for their great accomplishments and hard work.

 

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Guest of Honour 

 Harumichi Uchida 
Immediate Past President
Japan Competition Law Forum (JCLF) 

 

 

Mr. Harumichi Uchida is a Senior Counsel at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and served as Partner at the firm from 1980 to 2016.

Harumichi Uchida has been a leading practitioner in the competition law practice area. Specifically, he was a founding member of Japan Competition Law Forum, first and sole association of lawyers in this practice in Japan. and the second President (2010-2015). Harumichi has developed relationship with ABA, IBA and IPBA as the first Japanese member of Int’l Task Force of ABA Section of Antitrust Law (2011-2016), Chairman of Competition Law Committee, IPBA(2010-2013) and Co-Chair of Int’l Cartel Workshop jointly organized by ABA/IBA (Tokyo, 2016). Harumichi had close contact with Japan Fair trade Commission as Council member of Roundtable Conference of JFTC, advisory board to JFTC (2007-2016), and Director of Fair Trade Institute (2016- ).

In other areas, Harumichi has served in boards of major Japanese companies and is a Director of Board of Keidanren, business Federation of major Japanese corporations (2012- ). Harrumichi has been a leader of international activities of Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Chair of Int’l Councils (2011-2016). Harumichi has been active in education of law students and was selected a professor of Keio University Law School in 2004, when law school system is introduced in Japan. Harumichi received many awards in his practice areas such as the Best Lawyers of the Year in Japan from various publications.

 

 

ALB Japan Law Awards 2017
Award Categories

 

Deal Categories

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)
4. M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
5. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year
6. Real Estate Deal of the Year
7. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year
8. Japan Deal of the Year*  

Firm Categories

9. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
10. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
11. Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
12. International Deal Firm of the Year 
13. Employment Law Firm of the Year
14. Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
15. Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
16. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
17. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
18. Litigation Law Firm of the Year
19. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year 
20. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
21. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
22. SE Asia Practice Law Firm of the Year
23. Shipping Law Firm of the Year
24. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
25. Japan Law Firm of the Year*

In-House Categories

27. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
28. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
29. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
30. Japan In-House Team of the Year

Individual Categories

31. Dealmaker of the Year
32. In-House Lawyer of the Year
33. Managing Partner of the Year
34. Woman Lawyer of the Year
 

* Not open for nomination 

Submissions are now open.
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Judging Panel - ALB Japan Law Awards 2017 

Each year, an independent judging panel of about 30 senior and expert legal industry leaders are selected to review the submission materials. The distinguished judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A few featured judges will be released prior to the awards ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

Featured Judges for 2017

 

 

Takayuki Kitajima
Chairman, INCA (International Corporate Counsel Association) 
General Counsel and Representative Director, Unilever Japan

Takayuki Kitajima joined Unilever Japan K.K. in 2006 as General Counsel. He became the Director of Unilever Japan Holdigngs K.K. in 2009, and then Representative Director from 2012. Prior to Unilever, he joined Sojitz Corporation after graduating from Waseda University. After 18 years of in-house legal practice in Sojitz Corporation, Takayuki joined the law department of Johnson & Johnson K.K.

Junko Mukoyama
Senior Corporate Counsel and Board Member, Avaya Japan

Junko is a board member at Avaya Japan Ltd. and in charge of all legal matters for the company. Before joining Avaya in 2004, she worked at an international law firm and patent firm as a trademark attorney and at a Japanese IT management company as counsel. She received an LLB from Chuo University, and an LLM from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She completed a doctorate course in bankruptcy at Waseda University and published serveral articles in the fields of bankruptcy and intellectual property. She is admitted as an attorney in New York and a patent attorney in Japan. She is a member of ABI, INSOL, AIPPI, INTA, JTA and LES.

 

William Herbert
President, JICN (Japan In-House Counsel Network) 
Legal Counsel, Nippon Becton Dickinson Company

William Herbert has been President of the Japan In-House Counsel Network (JICN) since 2014. He is currently Legal Counsel at Nippon Becton Dickinson Company, the Japanese subsidiary of Nippon Becton Dickinson Company (BD), an American medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. William has held several in-house positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as Associate Director Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd. and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. William has a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where he also earned al LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia, New York and Washington. 

 

 

SHORTLIST OF FINALISTS

 

*Please note this is a preliminary list of finalists. Kindly contact us if you have any inquiries.

 

FIRM CATEGORIES

 

Banking and Financial Services 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
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

 

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
KUBOTA
Masuda & Partners
Ohno & Partners

Southgate Law

 

Japan Deal Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

 

International Deal Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Morrison & Foerster
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Employment Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

 

Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

 

Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
KUBOTA
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Nakamura & Partners
Ohno & Partners
TMI Associates 

 

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Hogan Lovells

Morrison & Foerster
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

 

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills

Morrison & Foerster
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

 

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Atsumi & Sakai 
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
White & Case  

 

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

 

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

SE Asia Practice Law Firm of the Year 
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Shipping Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Clifford Chance 
TMI Associates 

 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Withers 

 

*Japan Law Firm of the Year

Finalists for this category will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 7.

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

 

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
AIG Japan
Citigroup
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities

 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
INPEX Corporation 
ITOCHU Corporation 
Nissan Motor Corporation
Yokohama Rubber

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Asurion
Colt Technology Services
Fox Networks Group Japan 
IBM Japan
SoftBank

 

Japan In-House Team of the Year
AIG Japan
Asurion
IBM Japan
INPEX Corporation 
ITOCHU Corporation  
Nissan Motor Corporation 
Mitsubishi Chemical
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities 

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

 

In-House Lawyer of the Year 
Brian Chi – IBM Japan
Hiromitsu Kato – INPEX Corporation
Kenji Tagaya – JERA Co.
Tomoko Akashi – Merrill Lynch Japan Securities
Masanori Sakaguchi – Mitsubishi Chemical 
Surya Soni – Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities 

 

Dealmaker of the Year
Miho Niunoya – Atsumi & Sakai 
Hiroshi Kondo – Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Jon Gray – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Tong Yu – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 
Alan Cannon – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Izumi Akai – Sullivan & Cromwell 
Masakazu Iwakura – TMI Associates

 

Managing Partner of the Year
Kazuaki Nagai – Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Hiroo Atsumi – Atsumi & Sakai
Jeremy Pitts – Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Eiichi Kanda – Clifford Chance
Jon Gray – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Lloyd Parker – Hogan Lovells 
Ken Siegel – Morrison & Foerster
Fumihide Sugimoto – Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Eiji Masuda – Masuda & Partners
L. Mark Weeks – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 
Izumi Akai – Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Setsuko Yufu – Atsumi & Sakai
Natsuko Sugihara – Clifford Chance 
Emma Kratochvilova – Herbert Smith Freehills
Jacky Scanlan-Dyas – Hogan Lovells
Louise Stoupe – Morrison & Foerster
Kaye Yoshino – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Mitsuko Miyagawa – TMI Associates

 

DEAL CATEGORIES

 

Debt Market Deal of the Year

 

Asahi Group Holdings’ acquisition of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime Beer Brands from AB Inbev 
Law Firms: Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hogan Lovells

Banks: Deutsche Bank AG; Lazard; Rothschild

 

BPCE S.A.’s Issuance of Three-Tranche Samurai Bonds  

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Dai-chi Life Insurance’s Offering of 4% Step-Up Callable Perpetual Subordinated Notes 
Law Firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley

 

Financing by the Offering of the Mandatory Exchangeable Trust Securities Exchangeable into ADSs of Alibaba Group Holdings
Law Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Sullivan & Cromwell
Bank: Morgan Stanley

 

HSBC Holdings’ Debut Triple-Tranche TLAC Samurai Bonds

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance

Banks/Accountancies: PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

Issuance of Hybrid Bonds by Mitsubishi Estate Company  

Law Firm: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto 
Bank: Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

 

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s Senior Notes Offering

Law Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Securities; Morgan Stanley; MUFG Securities Americas

 

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s TLAC Bond Issuance  

Law Firms: Mayer Brown JSM; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Securities; Morgan Stanley

 

Mizuho Financial Group’s Debut SEC-Registered Senior Notes Offering 
Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities

 

Offering of Convertible Bonds of Suzuki Motor Corporation  

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Mizuho International; Nomura International; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets

 

Project Financing of 2x540MW Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Power Plants in Fukushima Prefecture

Law Firm: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Mizuho Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; The Development Bank of Japan

 

Series of Government-Guaranteed Bonds Issuances by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Law Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Banks: Barclays; Citigroup; J.P. Morgan

 

SoftBank’s Acquisition of ARM Holdings

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Slaughter and May; White & Case 
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group; The Raine Group; Robey Warshaw

 

Sprint Equipment’s Sale-Leaseback Financing  

Law Firms: Jones Day; Latham & Watkins; Nishimura & Asahi; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Schulte Roth & Zabel; White & Case

Banks: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; MUFG Union Bank

     

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group’s Debut SEC-Registered TLAC Notes Offering 
Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets; Goldman Sachs; SMBC Nikko Securities

 

Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Dual-Tranche Convertible Bonds 
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks/Accountancies: MUFG Union Bank; Seimei Audit Corporation

  

The Metropolis of Tokyo’s Rule 144A Global Bond Issuance  

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

Banks: Barclays; J.P. Morgan; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith; Nomura International

 

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

 

Kyushu Railway’s Global IPO  

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

Banks: J.P. Morgan Securities; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; Nomura Securities

 

LINE Corporation’s Dual-Listed IPO

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

 

Offering of Convertible Bonds of Kyushu Electric Power Company  

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance

 

Offering of Convertible Bonds of Suzuki Motor Corporation  

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Mizuho International; Nomura International; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets

 

Recruit Holdings’ Global Offering of Common Shares  

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: J.P. Morgan Securities; Morgan Stanley; Nomura International; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

 

Acquisition of Shares of Message Co by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings  

Law Firm: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell 

 

Business Integration between Yonekyu Corporation and Itoham Foods 
Law Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto

 

Management Buy-Out Project
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; TMI Associates

 

Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical’s Acquisition of Sagent Pharmaceuticals 
Law Firm: Kirkland & Ellis; Nishimura & Asahi; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
 
Bank: Morgan Stanley

 

Sumitomo Corporation’s Acquisition of Fyffes 
Law Firms: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Banks: J.P. Morgan; SMBC

  

Sumitomo Metal Mining's Purchase of 13% Undivided Interest in Morenci Copper Mine (Subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan)
Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Sullivan & Cromwell


M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

 

Alibaba Group in Connection with Share Purchase from SoftBank

Law Firms: Latham & Watkins; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Asahi Group Holdings’ acquisition of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime Beer Brands from AB Inbev 
Law Firms: Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hogan Lovells

Banks: Deutsche Bank AG; Lazard; Rothschild

 

Concordia Financial Group Business Combination between Bank of Yokohama and Higashi Nippon Bank 
Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Shearman & Sterling

 

Hon Hai’s Acquisition of Sharp

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Financial Group; Morgan Stanley

 

Komatsu America’s Share Acquisition of Joy Global  

Law Firms: JunHe; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Zhong Lun

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group; Morgan Stanley

 

Nippon Life Insurance Company’s 80% Acquisition of MLC Limited  

Law Firms: Allens; Ashurst; Herbert Smith Freehills; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks/Accountancies: KPMG; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; PricewaterhouseCoopers

  

Merger Transaction between Joyo Bank Ltd and Ashikaga Holdings 
Law Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Merger Transaction between Nomura Real Estate Master Fund Inc and Top REIT 
Law Firm: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Nippon Life Insurance Company’s Acquisition of Mitsui Life Insurance

Law Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu 

 

Nissan Acquisition of Equity Stake in Mitsubishi Motors

Law Firms: Latham & Watkins; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Oil Merger between JX Holdings and TonenGeneral  

Law Firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jones Day; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling

Banks: Citi; Daiwa Securities; Mizuho; Nomura Securities

 

Panasonic’s Acquisition of Hussmann Corporation  

Law Firms: Debevoise & Plimpton; White & Case

Banks: J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Holdings

 

Panasonic Healthcare’s Acquisition of Bayer’s Diabetes Care  

Law Firms: Gleiss Lutz; Hengeler Mueller; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

SoftBank’s Acquisition of ARM Holdings  

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Slaughter and May; White & Case 
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group; The Raine Group; Robey Warshaw

 

Sompo Holdings’ Acquisition of Endurance Holdings 
Law Firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Shearman & Sterling; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: Citi; Morgan Stanley

  

Sumitomo Financial and Leasing’s Acquisition of General Electric’s Leasing Business in Japan
Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Banks: Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan

 

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking and American Railcar Leasing M&A 
Law Firm: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Toyota Motor’s Take-Private transaction of Daihatsu Motor
Law Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Shearman & Sterling; TMI Associates

                                

Yokohama Rubber’s Buyout of Alliance Tire Group from KKR

Law Firms: AZB; Nishimura & Asahi; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year

 

Caribbean Gas Chemical Limited Methanol and Dimethyl Ether Plant 
Law Firms: Ashurst; Fitzwilliam Stone Furness-Smith & Morgan; Hamel Smith; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
 
Bank: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; Japan Bank for International Cooperation

 

Central Java Coal-Fired Project 

Law Firms: Allen & Overy; Ali, Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR); Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Mochtar, Karuwin & Komar (MKK); Shearman & Sterling

Banks: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; DBS Bank; Japan Bank for International Cooperation; Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation; Mizuho Bank; Norinchukin Bank; Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation; Shinsei Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

Jawa-7 Coal-Fired IPP 
Law Firm: Hogan Lovells

 

 JERA Co Inc. Project
Law Firms: Chadbourne & Parke; Morrison & Foerster

 

Oil Merger between JX Holdings and TonenGeneral  

Law Firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jones Day; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling

Banks: Citi; Daiwa Securities; Mizuho; Nomura Securities

 

Privatization of Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport 
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Mizuho Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

Project Financing of 2x540MW Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Power Plants in Fukushima Prefecture

Law Firm: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi 

Banks: Mizuho Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; The Development Bank of Japan

 

Real Estate Deal of the Year

 

Merger of Daiwa House Residential Investment Corporation and Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Banks: Daiwa Securities; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

 

 

Merger Transaction between Nomura Real Estate Master Fund Inc and Top REIT 

Law Firm: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Purchase and Sale of Mitsubishi Fuso Portfolio 
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Jones Day; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; White & Case
Banks: Aozora Bank; Shinsei Bank; Tokyo Star Bank

 

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year

 

Hon Hai’s Acquisition of Sharp  

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Financial Group; Morgan Stanley

 

LINE Corporation’s Dual-Listed IPO

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

 

SoftBank’s Acquisition of ARM Holdings  

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Slaughter and May; White & Case 
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group; The Raine Group; Robey Warshaw
 

Sprint Equipment’s Sale-Leaseback Financing  

Law Firms: Jones Day; Latham & Watkins; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Nishimura & Asahi; Schulte Roth & Zabel; White & Case

 

Banks: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; MUFG Union Bank

 

 

*Japan Deal of the Year  

The finalists for this category will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 7.


COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION – Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organisations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party.

 

 

 

 

ALB JAPAN LAW AWARDS 2017 – WINNERS LIST

 

Deal Categories

Debt Market Deal of the Year
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s TLAC Bond Issuance
Law Firms: Mayer Brown JSM; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Securities; Morgan Stanley


Equity Market Deal of the Year
 
Kyushu Railway’s Global IPO
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: J.P. Morgan Securities; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; Nomura Securities

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)
Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical’s Acquisition of Sagent Pharmaceuticals
Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Nishimura & Asahi; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 
Bank: Morgan Stanley


M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
SoftBank’s Acquisition of ARM Holdings
Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Slaughter and May; White & Case 
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group; The Raine Group; Robey Warshaw                                                      


Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year
Privatization of Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi
Banks: Mizuho Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Real Estate Deal of the Year
Merger Transaction between Nomura Real Estate Master Fund Inc and Top REIT
Law Firm: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year
SoftBank’s Acquisition of ARM Holdings
Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Slaughter and May; White & Case 
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group; The Raine Group; Robey Warshaw                                                      


Japan Deal of the Year
SoftBank’s Acquisition of ARM Holdings
Law Firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Slaughter and May; White & Case 
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group; The Raine Group; Robey Warshaw                                                      

 

Firm Categories

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Boutique Law Firm of the Year
KUBOTA


Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


International Deal Firm of the Year 
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Employment Law Firm of the Year
TMI Associates


Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune  


Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
Hogan Lovells


International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Herbert Smith Freehills


Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year 
White & Case


Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


SE Asia Practice Law Firm of the Year
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Shipping Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai


Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Japan Law Firm of the Year
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

In-House Categories

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
Citigroup Japan


Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Nissan Motor Corporation


Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
IBM Japan


Japan In-House Team of the Year
IBM Japan

 

Individual Categories

Dealmaker of the Year
Izumi Akai – Sullivan & Cromwell


In-House Lawyer of the Year
Kenji Tagaya – JERA Co.


Managing Partner of the Year
Ken Siegel – Morrison & Foerster


Woman Lawyer of the Year
Setsuko Yufu – Atsumi & Sakai
 

 

 

 

 

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ELIGIBILITY 

How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 
We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. The full list of award categories and nomination forms can be found at legalbusinessonline.com/awards/japan-law-awards-2017. 

Is self-nomination permitted?
Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

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When will the finalists and winners be announced?
The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the awards ceremony on June 7, 2017 in Tokyo. 

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How are the finalists chosen?
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How are the winners chosen? 
Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

Who will be on the judging panel for the ALB Japan Law Awards 2017? 
There will be an independent judging panel of about 30 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

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Malaysia Law Awards | April 6 2017 (Kuala Lumpur)
Shilton Sharpe Quarry ALB China Law Awards | April 20 2017 (Beijing)
SE Asia Law Awards | May 19 2017 (Singapore)
Japan Law Awards | June 7 2017 (Tokyo)
The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 8 2017 (Hong Kong)
Philippine Law Awards | October 6 2017 (Manila)
Indonesia Law Awards | October 26 2017 (Jakarta)
Korea Law Awards | November 16 2017 (Seoul) 

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