GCR 100 2024

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Professional notice



Yusuke Nakano now heads the competition practice at ANDERSON MŌRI & TOMOTSUNE, which counts eight other partners, one counsel and 25 associates. Much of the firm’s most recent and impressive work is confidential, but public matters include representing Bunka Shutter in its appeal against a price-fixing decision by Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). Having persuaded the watchdog to partially revoke its original order, the building materials company is now challenging the matter at the Tokyo High Court. Anderson Mōri also represents Tomoku in challenging a 2014 cartel decision – in which the JFTC fined 61 companies a total of ¥13.3 billion (€82.8 million) for fixing the price of corrugated cardboard – before the Tokyo High Court. On the merger control side, Anderson Mōri advised the Hanwha Group in its €1.3 billion acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, which saw the company submitting a voluntary notification to the JFTC. The firm won a quick unconditional clearance for Abiomed on its sale to Johnson & Johnson.

FirmHead(s) of competitionSizeNo. WWL nomineesClients
Anderson Mōri & TomotsuneYusuke Nakano9 partners, 1 counsel, 25 associates6Abiomed, Hanwha Group, Suzuken, Bunka Shutter, Tomoku, Apollo Management Japan, Nissin Sugar, Wilson Sporting Goods, Qualcomm, Stellantis

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm that provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. We are able to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on inbound, outbound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving international business and legal communities, and our reputation is as one of the leading full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, competition and antitrust, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, as well as litigation/arbitration.  The majority of our lawyers are bilingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe.  We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of “Achieving More Together”.

We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and London.  We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.  In addition to the above overseas branches, we will be opening an office in Brussels in early 2024 so as to better service our clients on the European continent, especially in relation to Japanese and international regulatory and competition law matters.

Competition/Antitrust - Not only is competition law legislation constantly changing, but the enforcement practices of competition agencies are often different from the black-letter law of statutes, ordinances or guidelines.  It is therefore essential for companies to obtain advice from experts with extensive knowledge as well as practical experience from the latest enforcement cases and who can advise on the enforcement trends of both the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and international competition enforcement agencies.  AMT has an extensive track record in matters relating to the Japanese Antimonopoly Act as well as aspects of international competition law, including matters involving foreign antitrust agencies.  Our competition team consists of attorneys who have experience with working at the JFTC and the European Commission, enabling AMT to provide first-class legal advice on the whole spectrum of competition and antitrust law.

Website: www.amt-law.com

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