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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2018!

 

Date: 13 June 2018, wednesday
Time: 6.30 PM sharp
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, 2/F Grand Ballroom 
9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 

 

Asian Legal Business is proud to present the 14th annual ALB Japan Law Awards – 
the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia. On June 13, we will welcome legal, business and government leaders from Japan to celebrate the outstanding contributions of private practice law firms and in-house counsel to the legal landscape of the country.

 


 

For the full list of winners, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Guest of Honour 

MIKI SAKAKIBARA

President, Japan In-House Lawyers Association

 

Miki Sakakibara leads more than 1500 Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA) members working to enhance public perception of in-house counsel as the Association’s newly-elected president. JILA is the largest voluntary organisation serving professional and business interests of Japanese in-house counsel.

Sakakibara has been practicing IP laws and heavily involved with public policy and government affairs. She is currently an in-house counsel of Panasonic Corporation’s Risk Governances Division. Her practice focuses on global compliance since this Spring. She started her career at Century Law Office. After that, she had a stint at the multinational law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Some of Sakakibara’s notable accomplishments include being part of the government council in 2014 where defense rights, such as attorney client privilege, was discussed. She also advises on digital innovations to stimulate economic growth and inclusiveness which covers, among others, copyright issues on big data and cloud computing services.

Her varied interests led her to publish The Detailed Explanation of the Examination Procedure of the Anti-Trust Law in 2016 and moderate a session on legal risk of harassment of sexual orientation and gender identity at work with Pride (wwP), an LGBT event, in 2017. As part of her advocacy, Sakakibara also teaches part-time at Kobe University School of Law focusing on legal work of in-house counsel.

She is a member of the advisory committee on school management of Kobe University the Osaka University Law School and was chairman of the copyright committee of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) from 2011 to 2018.

In 1997, Miki Sakakibara was admitted to practice law in Japan and became a member of the State Bar of California in 2003.

 

 

Award Categories of 2018
 
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*
Individual Categories
  1. Dealmaker of the Year
  2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year  (new category)
  3. Foreign Lawyer of the Year  (new category)
  4. In-House Lawyer of the Year
  5. Managing Partner of the Year
  6. BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year
IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES
  1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
  2. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
  3. Manufacturing and Retail In-House Team of the Year  (new category)
  4. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
  5. Japan In-House Team of the Year
FIRM CATEGORIES
  1. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
  2. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
  3. Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year  (new category)
  4. Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
  5. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
  6. International Deal Firm of the Year
  7. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
  8. Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year  (new category)
  9. Japan Deal Firm of the Year
  10. Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
  11. Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year  (new category)
  12. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
  13. Litigation Law Firm of the Year
  14. Maritime Law Firm of the Year
  15. Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year (new category)
  16. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
  17. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
  18. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
  19. Space Law Firm of the Year  (new category)
  20. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
  21. Japan Law Firm of the Year

 

* Not open for submissions

For inquiries, please contact Tracy on tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com.

 

 

                            Submissions Form:                           

 (1) Research Methodology Summary

 (2) Submission Forms 

Individual Categories | In-House Categories | Deal Categories

Firm Categories I / II / III 

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                            IMPORTANT DATES :                          
Opening of submissions | Feb 26
Deadline for submissions | April 4
Online announcement of finalists | Early May 
Awards ceremony | June 13

  Questions? Contact Tract on tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com / +852 28472046.

 

Hiroyuki Yasuda
Executive Officer and General Counsel Legal Affairs, Compliance and Intellectual Property, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.

As Executive Officer and General Counsel of Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd., Hiroyuki Yasuda is responsible for all matters relating to legal affairs, M&A, compliance and intellectual property of the Yamato group, primarily known for the business model “Kuroneko Yamato TA-Q-BIN,” including about 50 subsidiaries in 24 countries with more than 200,000 employees in total.

Prior to joining the Yamato group in 2015, he was in private practice with prominent law firms in New York City for ten years providing legal advice to clients on intellectual property, FCPA, anti-trust, labor and employment issues.

He is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
 

Saburo Nakao
Asia General Counsel, Dassault Systemes Group

Saburo has been the Asia General Counsel for the Dassault Systemes Group since 2015 and is in charge of all legal matters for the group in the Asia Pacific.  While serving as the Asia General Counsel for the Dassault Systemes Group, he assumed interim duties as Representative Director of Dassault Systemes Biovia K.K. and certain other Japanese subsidiaries of the Dassault Systemes Group.  Before joining Dassault Systemes in 2014, he was a partner of Squire Patten Boggs at their Tokyo and London offices specializing in cross border merger and acquisitions.  He received a LL.M in Law from Doshisha University, and a LL.M from New York University School of Law. He is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York.

 Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) is a world leading European software company headquartered in Velizy, France that develops 3D design solutions, simulation and virtual modeling solutions and product lifecycle management solutions.  

 

Mika Yano
Director, Head of Legal, Asia and the U.S., Colt Technology Services Co., Ltd. 

Mika Yano is Director, Head of Legal, Asia and the U.S. at Colt Technology Services, Co., Ltd.  She has held several in-house positions in Japan and the U.S., and was also in private practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Mika is admitted to practice law in New York, and is a graduate of Keio University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Tomokazu Usagawa
Director, 
Global Legal Department, Dentsu Inc.

Tomokazu Usagawa started his legal career at Mitsubishi Motors and moved to Dentsu in 2004. He was promoted as the Director of the Global Legal Department in 2014. He covers M&A, global business, sports and entertainment business as well as media business.

In 2016 and 2017, Tomokazu was based in Singapore as the Senior Counsel helping the APAC legal team for integration while serving as the head of legal for North Asia.

Tomokazu received an LL.B from Tokyo University and an LL.M from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice law in New York.


 

Hiroshi Miyashita
Associate Professor of Law, Chuo University

Hiroshi Miyashita is Associate Professor of Law at Chuo University in Tokyo. He specializes in constitutional law and information law. Prior to the current position, Miyashita served for the Office of Personal Information Protection in the Cabinet Office of Japan. He received Doctor in Law from Hitotsubashi University. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, Brussels Privacy Hub, Vrijie Universiteit Brussel and CRIDS (Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société), University of Namur. He published five books on privacy including the EU GDPR Commentary in Japanese and over 100 academic articles including many on privacy and data protection.

 

FINALISTS

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FIRM CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
K&L Gates
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

 

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Kanagawa International Law Office
KUBOTA
Masuda & Partners Law Office
Southgate

 

Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

 

Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

 

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

 

International Deal Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
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
White & Case

 

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Hogan Lovells
Morrison & Foerster
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

 

Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

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

 

Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
KUBOTA
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nakamura & Partners
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

 

Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year
Chandler MHM Limited
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Dwipo Lubis Baskoro & Partners
Khaitan & Co
Lee and Li
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Roosdiono & Partners
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal

 

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

 

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nishimura & Asahi

 

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Norton Rose Fulbright
TMI Associates

 

Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nishimura & Asahi

 

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

 

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

 

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Space Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

 

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

  

Japan Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
White & Case 

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year
Akifusa Takada - Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)       
Alan G. Cannon - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett        
Hiroyuki Sanbe - Atsumi & Sakai  
Jon Gray - Davis Polk & Wardwell              
Leng-Fong Lai - Clifford Chance  
Mitsuhiro Kamiya  - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom             
Tong Yu - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison           

 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Bonnie L. Dixon - Atsumi & Sakai
Christopher J. Bailey - King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho  
David Gilmore - Herbert Smith Freehills    
Louise Stoupe - Morrison & Foerster        
Yoshiaki Muto - Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) 
Yosuke Kanegae - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Yoshihiro Takatori - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

 

Foreign Lawyer of the Year
Bonnie L. Dixon - Atsumi & Sakai
Brian Strawn - White & Case        
Eric N. Roose - Withers Japan       
Frederick Ch'en - Hogan Lovells  
Gavin Raftery - Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)          
Graeme Preston - Herbert Smith Freehills
Ken Siegel - Morrison & Foerster
Kenji Taneda - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom        
Reiko Sakimura - Clifford Chance              

 

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Anthony J. Luna - IBM Japan        
Hiro Kato - INPEX Corporation    
Jason Hall - Renesas Electronics 
Katsuo Nagasawa - Schneider Electric      
Niioka Shinji - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Daimler Trucks Asia
Pamela Yeo - AIG APAC 
Yuichiro Watanabe - Airbnb         

 

Managing Partner of the Year
Edward Cole - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer       
Eiichi Kanda - Clifford Chance      
Eiji Masuda - Masuda & Partners Law Office             
George Gibson - Norton Rose Fulbright   
Hiroo Atsumi - Atsumi & Sakai     
Jeremy Pitts - Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)            
Jon Gray - Davis Polk & Wardwell              
Ken Siegel - Morrison & Foerster
Lloyd Parker - Hogan Lovells        
Tetsuya Itoh - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune          

 

BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year
Anna Hermelin - Ashurst
Emma Kratochvilova - Herbert Smith Freehills       
Kaori Yamada - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer    
Kaye Yoshino - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Louise Stoupe - Morrison & Foerster        
Miho Niunoya - Atsumi & Sakai   
Minako Wakabayashi - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Reiko Sakimura - Clifford Chance              

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IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

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

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Accenture
AIG Japan
Airbnb
Bayer Holding
INPEX Corporation
Morgan Stanley
Renesas Electronics
Schneider Electric

 

Manufacturing and Retail In-House Team of the Year 
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Daimler Trucks Asia
Renesas Electronics
Schneider Electric

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Asurion
FOX Networks Group Japan
IBM Japan
Renesas Electronics
Softbank Group

 

Japan In-House Team of the Year
Accenture
Airbnb
Asurion
FOX Networks Group Japan
IBM Japan
Inpex Corporation
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Daimler Trucks Asia
Morgan Stanley
Renesas Electronics
Schneider Electric
Softbank Group

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DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

ANA Holding’s Offering of Convertible Bonds
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Clifford Chance (London); Marunouchi International Law Office

Banks: Goldman Sachs; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets

 

Asahi Group’s Senior Notes Offering
Law firms: Linklaters ; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

 
Credit Agricole’s Samurai Bonds Offering

Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Kyushu Electric's Issuance of Convertible Bonds
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Clifford Chance (London)

Banks: Citigroup; Daiwa Capital Markets; Morgan Stanley; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets


Mitsubishi Chemical’s Issuance of Convertible Bonds
Law firms: Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s Public Offerings of TLAC Notes
Law firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Bank: Morgan Stanley

 

Mizuho Financial Group’s Senior Notes Offerings
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

Series of Government-Guaranteed Bonds Issuances by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

SoftBank Group’s Hybrid Notes Offering
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

SoftBank Group’s Senior Notes Offering
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Citigroup; Deutsche Bank; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley

 
SMBC's financing of Asahi Group Holding's acquisition of AB InBev’s brands and businesses

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

 

Sumitomo Life Insurance’s Subordinated Notes Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan; SMBC Nikko

 

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group’s SEC-Registered Notes Offerings
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Equity Investment of Roivant Sciences
Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman

 

Global Initial Public Offering of SG Holdings
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Global Offering of Idemitsu Kosan
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Daiwa Securities; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan

 

Global Offering of Renesas Electronics Corporation
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Morgan Stanley

 

Global Offering of Sushiro Global Holdings
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

Global Public Offering of Japan Post Holdings
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Initial Public Offering of Macromill on Tokyo Stock Exchange
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; 

Ropes & Gray

 

Lixil Viva Lists on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Law firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Toshiba's Share Placement
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case

Banks: Goldman Sachs

 


M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

Asahi's Sale of Stake in Tsingtao Brewery
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Banks: Morgan Stanley

 

Heineken’s Acquisition of Brasil Kirin
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Davis Polk & Wardwell

 

Integration of USEN Corporation and U-NEXT
Law firms: City-Yuwa Partners; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling

Banks: Daiwa Securities Group

 

JSR Corporation’s Acquisition of Crown Bioscience International
Law firms: Cooley; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Lee and Li

Banks: Jefferies; Yuanta Commercial Bank

 

KM Holdings’ Buyout of Kuroda Electrics
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; TMI Associates

 

Konica Minolta and Innovation Network Corp of Japan’s Acquisition of Ambry Genetics
Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Jones Day

Banks: GCA Corporation; Intrepid Investment Bankers

 

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s Acquisition of Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos Co
Law firms: Jones Day; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Morgan Stanley

 

NEC Corporation's Acquisition of Northgate Public Services
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Carey Olsen; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; KHaitan & Co

 

Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Corporation’s Acquisition of Mitsui & Co’s Iron & Steel Businesses

Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Nomura

 

ORIX Corporation’s Purchase of Shipping Loans
Law firms: Ashurst; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nishimura & Asahi; Norton Rose Fulbright; Watson Farley & Williams

 

Persol Holdings' Acquisition of Programmed Maintenance Services
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Ashurst; Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

 

Tokyo Century Corporation Cross-Border Aviation Acquisition
Law firms: Debevoise & PlimptonDeloitte & Touche LLP; Galicia Abogados; K&L Gates

Banks: Goldman Sachs; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

 

Toray’s Acquisition of Pacific Textiles Holdings
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Banks: UBS Investment Bank

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

Asahi Group Holding's Acquisition of AB InBev’s brands and businesses
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 

Business Integration of JX Holdings and Tonen General Sekiyu
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Chinese Consortium’s Acquisition of Global Logistic Properties
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; JunHe, Kirkland & Ellis; Morrison & Foerster; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; WongPartnership

 

Comcast NBCUniversal's Investment in Universal Studios Japan
Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Global Infrastructure Partners’ Acquisition of Equis Energy
Law firms: Atsumi & Sakai; Clifford Chance; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Global restructuring of Takata and sale of its global assets and operations to Key Safety Systems
Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Covington & Burling; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jones Day; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Tokyo Fuji Law Office; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Weil Gotshal & Manges

 

KKR’s Acquisition of Calsonic Kansei
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley

 

Renesas Electronics Corporation’s Acquisition of Intersil Corporation
Law firms: Morrison & Foerster

 

SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund‘s Investment in WeWork
Law firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nautadutilh; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Stibbe

 

SoftBank Group’s Acquisition of Fortress Investment Group 
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kirkland & Ellis; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

 

SoftBank Group's Investment in Uber
Law firms: Cooley; Morrison & Foerster; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co 

 

Sompo Holdings’ Acquisition of Endurance Specialty Holdings
Law firms: ASW Law; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Homburger; Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Polsinelli; Shearman & Sterling; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; WongPartnership;

 

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Acquisition of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

 

Toshiba's Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Dechert; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Pillsbury; Ropes & Gray; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

Banks: Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Holdings

 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year

257.7 MW (DC) Sakuto Mega Solar Power Plant Project
Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Nishimura & Asahi

 

Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund Global IPO
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morgan Lewis; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

 

Cirebon Power Plant Expansion Project
Law firms: Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro; Bae, Kim & Lee; Latham & Watkins; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Stibbe

 

Coral South FLNG Project
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters

 

Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant Project
Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

 

Global Infrastructure Partners Acquisition of Equis Energy
Law firms: Atsumi & Sakai; Clifford Chance; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Kyushu Electric's Issuance of Convertible Bonds
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Clifford Chance (London)

Banks: Citigroup; Daiwa Capital Markets; Morgan Stanley; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets

 

Project Financing for Clean Fuel Project of Kuwait National Petroleum Company
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Latham & Watkins

Banks: Mizuho Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Tokyo branch of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

 

Project Financing for Nacala Railway Corridor Project
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; White & Case

 

Project Financing for Tokyo International (Haneda) Airport Expansion
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi

Banks: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; Japan Policy Development Bank

 

Tanjung Jati B 5 & 6 Power Project
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro; Latham & Watkins; Makarim & Taira S.

 

Turkish Hospital Public-Private Partnership Project
Law firms: Ashurst; Bezen & Partners; Hergüner Bilgen Özeke; Loyens & Loeff ; White & Case; Willkie Farr and Gallagher

  

Real Estate Deal of the Year

Acquisition of the Minatomirai Center Building
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune ; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Acquisition of the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Global Follow-on Offering for Nippon Prologis REIT
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell
Bank: Morgan Stanley

 

Global Offering of Daiwa House REIT
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Global Offering of GLP J-REIT
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

MORI TRUST Hotel REIT’s IPO
Law firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

 

Nippon Building Fund’s Acquisition and Disposition of Assets
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Norges Bank and Tokyu Land Corporation’s Acquisition of Real Estate Portfolio
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Ushijima & Partners

 

Sale of Portfolio by Astro Japan Property Group to Blackstone
Law firms: Ashurst; Herbert Smith Freehills; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; White & Case

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year

KKR’s Acquisition of Hitachi Koki
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

 

KKR’s Acquisition of Hitachi Kokusai Electric
Law firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Torikai Law Office

Banks: Citigroup; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

 

SoftBank Group’s Hybrid Notes Offering
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

SoftBank Group's Investment in Uber
Law firms: Cooley; Morrison & Foerster; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co 

 

Toshiba's Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Dechert; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Pillsbury; Ropes & Gray; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

Banks: Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Holdings

 

Toshiba's Share Placement
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Goldman Sachs

 

Japan Deal of the Year

The finalists for this category will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 13, 2018.

 

 **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. For queries about the shortlist, please email Tracy Li.
 
Please also note that this list is subject to change. Should you have any queries, please contact Anna at anna.lam@tr.com or call +852 2843 1672.
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ALB JAPAN LAW AWARDS 2018 – WINNERS LIST

 

 

Deal Categories

Debt Market Deal of the Year

ANA Holding’s Offering of Convertible Bonds 

Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; Clifford Chance (London); Marunouchi International Law Office

 Banks: Goldman Sachs; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets


Equity Market Deal of the Year 

Toshiba's Share Placement

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case

Bank: Goldman Sachs


M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

Konica Minolta and Innovation Network Corp of Japan’s Acquisition of Ambry Genetics

Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Jones Day

Banks: GCA Corporation; Intrepid Investment Bankers


M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

Toshiba's Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation

Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Dechert; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Pillsbury; Ropes & Gray; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Banks: Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Holdings


Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year

Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant Project

Law firms: Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Real Estate Deal of the Year

Acquisition of the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi


Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year

Toshiba's Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation

Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Dechert; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Pillsbury; Ropes & Gray; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Banks: Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Holdings


Japan Deal of the Year

Toshiba's Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation

Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Dechert; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Pillsbury; Ropes & Gray; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Banks: Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Holdings

 

Firm Categories

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


Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Masuda & Partners


Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

Nishimura & Asahi


International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills


International Deal Firm of the Year 

Morrison & Foerster


International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
Hogan Lovells


Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Japan Deal Firm of the Year 

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 

TMI Associates


Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year 

Lee and Li


Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune


Maritime Law Firm of the Year

TMI Associates


Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year

Atsumi & Sakai


Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year 

Allen & Overy


Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Atsumi & Sakai


Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Space Law Firm of the Year

Nishimura & Asahi


Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Japan Law Firm of the Year

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

 

In-House Categories

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


Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Airbnb


Manufacturing and Retail In-House Team of the Year

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Daimler Trucks Asia


Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Softbank Group


Japan In-House Team of the Year
IBM Japan

 

Individual Categories

Dealmaker of the Year
Akifusa Takada - Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) 


Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Louise Stoupe - Morrison & Foerster        


Foreign Lawyer of the Year
Ken Siegel - Morrison & Foerster


In-House Lawyer of the Year
Yuichiro Watanabe - Airbnb


Managing Partner of the Year
Edward Cole - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer       


BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year

Louise Stoupe - Morrison & Foerster        

 


 

 

 
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Event details:

Date:             Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time:             6:30pm sharp
Venue:           The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, 2/F Grand Ballroom 9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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-2018. 

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?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

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 13 June 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

When do the submissions open? When is the deadline to submit?
The submissions will open in March. For any questions relating to submissions and deadlines, please contact 
Tracy.Li@thomsonreuters.com.

 

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?
Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

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 2018? 
There will be an independent judging panel of about 40 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. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?
All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?
As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in Asian Legal Business awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?
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Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market; key dates for 2018 and information listed below.
ALB Malaysia Law Awards | March 22 2018 (Kuala Lumpur)
JC Consulting Thomson Reuters ALB China Law Awards | April 19 2018 (Beijing)
ALB Hong Kong Legal Marketing Awards | April 20 2018 (Hong Kong) 
ALB SE Asia Law Awards | May 10 2018 (Singapore)
ALB Japan Law Awards | June 13 2018 (Tokyo)
ALB SE Asia Legal Marketing Awards | August 2018 (Singapore) 
ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 7 2018 (Hong Kong)
ALB Indonesia Law Awards | October 4 2018 (Jakarta)
ALB Philippine Law Awards | October 26 2018 (Manila)
ALB Korea Law Awards | November 15 2018 (Seoul) 

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