Competition/Antitrust

Helping our clients navigate an increasingly challenging and globalized environment to achieve the best possible outcome

Our antitrust and competition practice is one of the largest and most established in Japan. We are regularly involved in the most high-profile and challenging cases in antitrust enforcement in Japan, Asia, and beyond. Our track record of successful clearance and favorable outcomes for the client are unrivaled by many other law firms in Japan and we strive to be the best antitrust and competition practice in the country.

Consistently top-ranked in the leading legal directories, our antitrust and competition practice consists of highly qualified lawyers, many of whom are partners and senior associates practicing antitrust and competition law on a full-time basis and who have prior experience working abroad and/or working for the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). Our lawyers work closely together with an adviser and special counsels within the team, such as renowned academics and former government officials, who provide valuable insights into the workings of the JFTC and various regulators.

We regularly work with leading firms around the world in representing clients in cross-border merger filings and global investigations. As such, our lawyers are fully aware of both the local and international dimensions of antitrust and competition issues and procedures and are fully capable of providing one-stop service for matters of such scope and magnitude with careful planning and coherent strategy. Over the decades, we have developed strong relationships with many of the leading law firms and economic consulting firms in major jurisdictions around the globe.

Our firm stands out from other law firms in Japan particularly in the following respects:

  • recognized as one of the leaders in the field of M&A, the members of the antitrust and competition practice are experienced in securing smooth clearance from the JFTC and competition authorities in other jurisdictions;
  • our team comprises dedicated lawyers, former senior government officials, and academics with experience working at the leading-edge of antitrust law enforcement;
  • global network of law firms and specialists that extends beyond our offices in Japan; and
  • strong support from our other Practice Groups such as Regulatory, Intellectual Property, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution, which are also recognized as leading practices in Japan.


Our antitrust and competition lawyers provide forward-looking, business-centric advice and counseling on all aspects of antitrust and competition law issues, including:

  • merger control;
  • regulatory investigations;
  • competition related litigation;
  • counseling on antitrust and competition law; and
  • compliance counseling and training.

Merger Control

  • obtaining regulatory clearance from the JFTC and antitrust and competition authorities in other jurisdictions in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and/or group restructuring transactions;
  • counseling on regulatory risks and possible solutions;
  • representing clients in negotiation with the JFTC and other authorities to minimize the scope of remedial measures; and
  • advising clients on other practical issues in undergoing mergers and acquisitions, including “gun jumping”.

Government Investigations

assisting clients in investigation of alleged cartels (both domestic and international cartels) or single firm conduct (including monopolization and unfair trade practices) which may include the following:

-  advising clients on the best defense options in relation to dawn raids, requests for information, subpoenas, investigative interviews, and hearings;

-  applying for immunity or leniency and providing necessary cooperation to the authorities in order to effectuate the immunity or leniency position;

-  negotiating with the authorities regarding fines and other sanctions; and

-  assisting clients with internal investigations for possible antitrust and competition law violations.

Competition related Litigation

  • representing clients in appealing the decisions of the competition authorities;
  • representing clients in litigations which include antitrust claims;
  • representing clients in follow-on damages litigations; and
  • negotiating settlements in relation to the foregoing litigations.

Counseling on Antitrust and Competition Law

Giving transactional advice, preparing contracts, and negotiating in connection with:

-  sales and distribution arrangements, marketing strategies, product development, and sales strategies;

-  business alliances, including joint research and development programs;

-  intellectual property licensing and other intellectual property related transactions;

-  agency and subcontracting; and

-  services for campaigns, advertisements, and publicity (including providing premiums).

Compliance Counseling and Training

  • advising clients in introducing and establishing global antitrust and competition law compliance programs;
  • assisting clients in drafting and reviewing antitrust and competition law related policies, rules, and manuals; and
  • providing in-person audit services and training sessions to the executives and employees of clients.

Brochures

Competition/Antitrust:People

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Competition/Antitrust:News

Media
Comments by Yusuke Takamiya, attorney-at-law, were featured in an Global Competition Review (GCR) article titled "Japan revises merger notification guidance for digital economy" published on October 8, 2019
Awards
36 lawyers were selected as leading lawyers in asialaw PROFILES' "Asia law Leading Lawyers 2020"
Awards
Top Rankings in "Asialaw Profiles 2020: The Definitive Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Domestic and Regional Law Firms (24th edition) "
Awards
Top rankings received from Best Lawyers in the 10th edition of "The Best Lawyers in Japan"
Awards
Firm selected as leading law firm in Global Competition Review's "GCR100 - 19th Edition"

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Competition/Antitrust:Seminars

Jul. 19, 2019External Seminars
"AI/Data Contract Guidelines"
Jul. 16, 2019External Seminars
"IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2019 -Free Flow of Data Between the EU & Japan: After Major Mutual Adequacy Decisions-"
Jun. 5, 2019External Seminars
”Practical overview of the AI/Data Contract Guidelines”
May 26, 2019 - May 28, 2019External Seminars
"LESI (Licensing Executives Society International) 2019 Annual Conference"
Apr. 23, 2019External Seminars
"AI SUM 2019 (Applied AI Summit)"

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Competition/Antitrust:Publications

Magazine Article
"Corporate Legal Affairs: Key Points in Practice for the 2019 Amendment to the Antimonopoly Act"
Magazine Article
"Key Issues in the Amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Act in 2019"
Magazine Transcript
"Practical overview of the AI/Data Contract Guidelines"
Magazine Article
"Latest Trends in Strengthening of Regulations and Enforcement Actions: Essential for In-house Counsels"
Magazine Article
"[NAFTA] Binational Panel Review for Countervailing Duty in the Matter of Supercalendered Paper from Canada"

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