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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2019!

 

Date:   13 June 2019, Thursday
Time:    6:30pm sharp, cocktail
Venue:  Grand Hyatt Tokyo - Grand Ballroom East  (New Venue!)
            6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0032
  
Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 15th Annual ALB Japan Law Awards 2019! These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Japan and around the region. Put forth your own law firm, in-house team or other teams you have worked with in the past year to recognize their accomplishments and efforts.
 
The process will culminate in an awards ceremony in June 2019. Come and celebrate legal excellence with us! This black-tie banquet will be a night filled with thrill and entertainment, graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms and in-house departments and more.
 
FINALISTS REVEALED - RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN !
 
We highly encourage all local and international law firms, individuals and in-house teams to join the submissions. Contact Tracy Li at tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com or +852 2847 2046 to receive the most up-to-date event information.
 
Looking to meet potential clients and get extra publicity across the region? Contact 
Amantha at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6870 3917.

 

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GUEST OF HONOUR

Katsumi Chiba
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan

Katsumi Chiba is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Japan. He was appointed as an assistant judge in 1972, and went on to hold the positions of judge of the Tokyo District Court, Director of the Civil Affairs Bureau and Administrative Affairs Bureau of the Supreme Court, Chief Judicial Research Official of the Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the Sendai High Court.  He had worked as a justice of the Supreme Court from 2009 to 2016.

After that, he qualified as an attorney in 2016.  Then, he joined Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest international and full-service law firm, as an Of Counsel.  Since 2016, he has greatly enriched and strengthened the firm’s overall practice, and in particular its dispute resolution practice.

On November 3, 2017, he was awarded Japan’s “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun” prize for his distinguished achievements.

 

 

 


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. Project Finance Deal of the Year (NEW!)
6. Real Estate Deal of the Year 
7. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

8. BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year
9. Dealmaker of the Year
10. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
11. Foreign Lawyer of the Year
12. In-House Lawyer of the Year
13. Managing Partner of the Year
14. Young Lawyer of the Year (NEW!)

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

15. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
16. Construction and Heavy Industries In-House Team of the Year
17. T&D Associates Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year 
18. Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year
19. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
20. Baker McKenzie Award Japan In-House Team of the Year

FIRM CATEGORIES

21. Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
22. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
23. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
24. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
25. Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year 
26. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
27. International Deal Firm of the Year 
28. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
29. Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year 
30. Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
31. Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
32. Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year 
33. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
34. Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
35. Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
36. Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year 
37. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
38. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year 
39. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
40. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
41. Japan Law Firm of the Year

 

                           SUBMISSION FORMS :                          

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Individual Categories | In-House Categories | Deal Categories |

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Firm Category - Japan Deal Firm of the Year or International Deal Firm of the Year

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                            IMPORTANT DATES :                          
Opening of submissions | 15 February, 2019
Deadline of submissions  | 29 March, 2019
Online announcement of finalists | May 2019
Awards ceremony | June 13, 2019

 

                SUBMISSION INQUIRIES                       

Lokesh Bogati
Events Researcher 
+91 22 6180 7075
lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com

Tracy Li
Senior Awards and Operations Manager
+852 2847 2046

tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com  


FINALISTS*

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year
Akemi Suzuki, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Angela Krantz, Amazon Japan G.K.
Asa Shinkawa, Nishimura & Asahi
Ayako Kawano, White & Case
Elaine Wong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kaori Miyake, Johnson Controls
Kaori Yamada, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Laarni Victoria Vinas, SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Louise Stoupe, Morrison & Foerster
Miho Niunoya, Atsumi & Sakai
Minako Wakabayashi, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Natsue Nagato, Morgan Stanley
Reiko Sakimura, Clifford Chance
Yaeko Hodaka, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Dealmaker of the Year 

Akifusa Takada, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Alan Cannon, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Eiichi Kanda, Clifford Chance
Go Hashimoto, Atsumi & Sakai
Graeme Preston, Herbert Smith Freehills
John Tessensohn, SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Jon Gray, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Keiji Hatano, Sullivan & Cromwell
Kenichi Minami, Nishimura & Asahi
Tong Yu, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Chris Bailey, King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho
David Gilmore, Herbert Smith Freehills
Hiroyuki Tezuka, Nishimura & Asahi
Kensaku Yamamoto, SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Louise Stoupe, Morrison & Foerster
Oki Mori, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Teruhisa Toyama, Atsumi & Sakai
Yoshiaki Muto, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Yoshihiro Takatori, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Foreign Lawyer of the Year 

Andrew Blacoe, Herbert Smith Freehills
Bonnie L Dixon, Atsumi & Sakai
Eric Roose, Withers
Gautam Kene, CA Technologies
Jeremy White, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Leng-Fong Lai, Clifford Chance
Tim Jeffares, Nishimura & Asahi

In-House Lawyer of the Year 

Anthony Luna, IBM Japan
Gautam Kene, CA Technologies
Hiromitsu Kato, INPEX Corporation
Kahoru Sakurai, Origami Inc
Kaori Miyake, Johnson Controls
Katsuo Nagasawa, Schneider Electric
Keiichiro Ichikawa, HSBC Securities
Minoru Sanari, Tokyo Gas
Natsue Nagato, Morgan Stanley
Shinji Niioka, Daimler AG
Yuichiro Watanabe, Airbnb

Managing Partner of the Year
David Gilmore, Herbert Smith Freehills
Hiroo Atsumi, Atsumi & Sakai
Jeremy Pitts, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Jon Gray, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Keiji Hatano, Sullivan & Cromwell
Ken Siegel, Morrison & Foerster
Kensaku Yamamoto, SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Masaki Hosaka, Nishimura & Asahi
Reiko Sakimura, Clifford Chance
Shigeyoshi Ezaki, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Shinsuke Yakura, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Young Lawyer of the Year 

Chihiro Sasaki, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Christopher Hunt, Herbert Smith Freehills
Gautam Kene, CA Technologies
Keiichiro Ichikawa, HSBC Securities
Laarni Victoria Vinas, SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Marcus Wolter, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Sayo Kondo Takizawa, The Blackstone Group
Seiji Tomimoto, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Teruhisa Toyama, Atsumi & Sakai
Yuichiro Watanabe, Airbnb
Yuki Oi, Nishimura & Asahi
Yusuke Abe, Clifford Chance

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
HSBC Securities
Morgan Stanley

T&D Associates Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year  
Airbnb
CA Technologies
IBM Japan
Morgan Stanley
Renesas Electronics
Schneider Electric
Softbank Group
Takeda Pharmaceutical

Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year
Line
Renesas Electronics
Schneider Electric

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

Airbnb
CA Technologies
IBM Japan
Origami
Renesas Electronics
Softbank Group

Baker McKenzie Award Japan In-House Team of the Year

Airbnb
CA Technologies
HSBC Securities
IBM Japan
INPEX Corporation
Line
Morgan Stanley
Renesas Electronics
Schneider Electric
Softbank Group
Takeda Pharmaceutical

FIRM CATEGORIES

Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates
White & Case

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Clifford Chance
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Sullivan & Cromwell
TMI Associates
White & Case

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 

Kanagawa International Law Office
Kubota
Southgate
Withers

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
White & Case

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

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

International Deal Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Greenberg Traurig
Herbert Smith Freehills
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo
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
Atsumi & Sakai
Kubota
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nakamura & Partners
Nishimura & Asahi
SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
TMI Associates

Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year
Gleiss Lutz
Global Law Office
JT&N
Lee & Li
T&D Associates
Trilegal
ZICO Law

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
TMI Associates
Vanguard Lawyers

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Kubota
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
TMI Associates

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

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

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

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
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
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO

DEAL CATEGORIES**

Debt Market Deal of the Year

CPI Property Group's program listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange-operated TOKYO PRO-BOND Market
Law firm: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

DBJ Dual-Tranche Government Guaranteed Bonds
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance

Exchange offer and consent solicitation by SoftBank Group Corp. in respect of its outstanding notes
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster

JBIC $3.5 billion bonds offering
Law firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Line corporation’s Euro Yen convertible bonds offering
Law firms: Clearly Gottlieb; Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi

Lloyds Banking Group plc Triple-tranche TLAC Samurai Bonds
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd.; Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s Senior Notes Offerings
Law firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Senior Notes Offering of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Barclays; BNP Paribas; BofA Merrill Lynch; HSBC; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley; SMBC Nikko

Softbank Corp's USD-denominated Senior Notes
Law firms: Latham & Watkins (London); Morrison & Foerster; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Toyota Industries Corporation Senior Notes Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Altaba Inc’s sale of its entire stake in Yahoo Japan corp
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Global IPO by SoftBank Corp
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; David Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Deutsche Bank; Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities PLC; Morgan Stanley; Merrill Lynch International; Mizuho International PLC, London Branch; Nomura International PLC; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Line Euroyen convertible bonds
Law Firm: Nishimura & Asahi
Bank: Morgan Stanley

Mercari’s Global IPO
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumodo; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Pepper Food Service’s ADR listing on the Nasdaq Global Market
Law firm: Greenberg Traurig

Renesas Electronics Corporate Global Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell
Bank: Japan Trustee Services Bank

Toshiba’s share repurchase
Law firm: Nishimura & Asahi
Banks: Goldman Sachs; Nomura

Yakult Honsha Global Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Shearman & Sterling; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell; WongPartnership
Banks: Citigroup Global Markets Limited; J.P. Morgan Securities PLC; Mizuho International PLC

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) 

Baring Private Equity Asia’s Acquisition of Pioneer Corporation
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Nomura Securities

Business and Capital Tie-up between KDDI CORPORATION and Kakaku.com Inc.
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Centerbridge Partners’ Acquisition of Sompo Canopius
Law firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Daikin’s Acquisition of AHT Cooling Systems
Law firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Fuji Oil's Acquisition of Blommer Chocolate Company
Law firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: GCA Savvian; SMBC

Fujifilm Corporation‘s Acquisition of Irvine Scientific Sales Company and IS Japan
Law firms: Jenner & Block; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Innovation Network Corporation of Japan’s Sale of Stake in Renesas Electronics Corporation
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi

Mitsubishi’s Acquisition of Interest in the Quellaveco Copper Mine Project
Law firms: Herbert Smith Freehills; Sherman and Sterling

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

Nippon Steel’s Acquisition of Nisshin Steel 
Law firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Nomura & Partners
Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ; Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

ORIX Corporation USA’s Acquisition of NXT Capital
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

X-ELIO’s Sale of Japanese Solar Project Portfolio to DT Energy
Law firms: Morrison & Foerster; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Bank: Nomura International Plc

 


M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

Altaba sale of US$ 2 billion in shares of Yahoo Japan
Law Firms: Hibiya Park Law Offices; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Bain Capital and SK Hynix Consortium’s acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corporation
Law Firm: Nishimura & Asahi
Bank: Morgan Stanley

Business Integration of The Daishi Bank and The Hokuetsu Bank
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling

Calsonic Kansei’s Acquisition of Magneti Marelli
Law firms: Dentons; Legance-Avvocati Associati; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

Global Restructuring of Takata Corporation and sale of its global assets and operations to Key Safety Systems
Law firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Covington & Burling; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Weil Gotshal & Manges

Idemitsu Kosan’s Business Integration with Showa Shell Sekiyu
Law firms; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nakamura; Nishimura & Asahi; Shearman & Sterling; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell; Tsunoda & Matsumoto
Banks: Daiwa Securities; Goldman Sachs LLC; JPMorgan Securities Japan; Lazard Frères K.K.; Mizuho Securities

Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited’s Acquisition of Stake in Orano
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Bredin Prat; Cabinet Veau de Loménie; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; Frêche & Associés; McDermott Will and Emery; PwC Legal; Shearman & Sterling

Japan Tobacco Inc. on its agreement to acquire Donskoy Tabak group
Law Firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Johnson & Johnson’s Acquisition of Ci:z Holdings
Law firms: Iwata Godo; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Sumitomo’s Merger with Michelin Tire
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; DLA Piper; Morgan Lewis; Womble Bond

Taiyo Nippon Sanso’s Acquisition of Praxair`s European Industrial Gas Business
Law firms: Greenberg Traurig; Hengeler Mueller; McDermott Will & Emery; Simpson Thatcher

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Acquisition of Shire plc
Law firms: Arthur Cox; A&L Goodbody; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Lee & Ko; Linklaters; Mourant Ozannes; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Ogier; Slaughter and May; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case
Bank: Morgan Stanley

TEPCO Fuel & Power and Chubu Electric's Joint-Venture Agreement
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi

Project Finance Deal of the Year

Acquisitions of Minority Equity Interests in South Field Energy
Law firm: Shearman & Sterling

Fukuoka Airport’s Privatization
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

Nghi Son 2 1,200 MW Coal-Fired Power Project in Vietnam
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Frasers Law Company; LVN & Associates; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; VILAF; Watson Farley & Williams
Banks: DBS Bank (Singapore); Maybank (Malaysia); Mizuho (Japan); MUFG (Japan); OCBC (Singapore); SMBC (Japan); Shinsei Bank (Japan)

Project Financing and Construction for Kobe Coal Power Plants
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

Project Financing for Jawa 1 Gas-to-Power Project in Indonesia
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Shearman &Sterling; Widyawan & Partners

Project Financing for the Dohoku Wind Complex
Law firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi
Banks: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Saudi Arabian Oil Company’s Investment in Petronas’ RAPID Project
Law firms: Shearman & Sterling; White & Case; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

The Northeast Hokkaido Power Grid Construction Project
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

X-ELIO’s Sale of Japanese Solar Project Portfolio to DT Energy
Law firms: Morrison & Foerster; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Bank: Nomura International Plc

Real Estate Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Shiba Park Building
Law firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ono Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets’ Joint Venture with ESR
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; White & Case

Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation’s Public offering and Acquisition of 16 properties
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom;

Global Offering of Invincible Investment Corporation
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

GLP J-REIT’s Acquisition of Logistics Portfolio Properties
Law firms: City Yuwa Partners; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Invesco Office J-REIT’s Acquisition of Office Portfolio Properties
Law firm: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Tokyu Fudosan Global PO
Law Firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell
Bank: Morgan Stanley

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year

Altaba’s Sale of Yahoo Shares
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Morrison & Foerster; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Bain Capital and SK Hynix Consortium’s Acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corporation
Law firm: Nishimura & Asahi
Bank: Morgan Stanley

Baring Private Equity Asia’s Acquisition of Pioneer Corporation
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Nomura Securities

Daikin’s Acquisition of AHT Cooling Systems
Law firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

eBay’s acquisition of Giosis Japan Business
Law firms: Dechert; Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo; Lee & Ko

LINE Corporation’s Euro-Yen Convertible Bonds Offering
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb; Linklaters; Nishimura & Asahi

Mercari’s IPO
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Ping An Medical and Healthcare Management’s Offshore Restructuring and Pre-IPO Financing
Law firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Renesas Electronics’ Acquisition of Integrated Device Technology
Law firms: Covington & Burling; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Banks: BofA Merrill Lynch; J.P. Morgan; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley

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

Sale of Hitachi’s Car Navigation Unit Clarion to France’s Faurecia S.E.
Law firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi

Six Global Investors’ Investment in Airtel Africa
Law firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

SoftBank Group’s Issuance of USD-denominated Senior Notes and Euro-denominated Senior Notes
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Latham & Watkins

SoftBank’s Global IPO
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch; Goldman Sachs International; J.P. Morgan Securities; Merrill Lynch International; Mizuho International; Nomura International; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets
 

 **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 organizations. 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 Lokesh Bogati
at lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com.

 


WINNERS

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year

Reiko Sakimura, Clifford Chance

Dealmaker of the Year

Akifusa Takada, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Oki Mori, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Foreign Lawyer of the Year 

Andrew Blacoe, Herbert Smith Freehills 

In-House Lawyer of the Year

Anthony Luna, IBM Japan

Managing Partner of the Year

Hiroo Atsumi, Atsumi & Sakai

Young Lawyer of the Year

Yuki Oi, Nishimura & Asahi

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

Morgan Stanley

T&D Associates Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year

Softbank Group

Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year

LINE

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

Airbnb

Baker McKenzie Award Japan In-House Team of the Year

IBM Japan

FIRM CATEGORIES

Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Southgate

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills

International Deal Firm of the Year

Davis Polk & Wardwell

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Morrison & Foerster

Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Japan Deal Firm of the Year

Nishimura & Asahi

Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year

JT&N

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Vanguard Lawyers

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

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

Nishimura & Asahi

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Japan Law Firm of the Year

Nishimura & Asahi

DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Senior Notes Offering of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Global IPO by SoftBank Corp

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Deutsche Bank A; Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities PLC; Morgan Stanley; Mizuho International PLC, London Branch; Merrill Lynch International; Nomura International PLC; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

Baring Private Equity Asia’s Acquisition of Pioneer Corporation

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

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Nomura Securities

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Acquisition of Shire plc

Law firms: Arthur Cox; A&L Goodbody; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Lee & Ko; Linklaters; Mourant Ozannes; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Ogier; Slaughter and May; Sullivan & Cromwell; White & Case

Bank: Morgan Stanley

Project Finance Deal of the Year

Nghi Son 2 1,200 MW Coal-Fired Power Project in Vietnam

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; VILAF; Frasers Law Company; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Watson Farley & Williams; LVN & Associates

Banks: DBS Bank (Singapore); Maybank (Malaysia); Mizuho (Japan); MUFG (Japan); OCBC (Singapore); SMBC (Japan); Shinsei Bank (Japan)

Real Estate Deal of the Year

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets’ Joint Venture with ESR

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; White & Case

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year

Global IPO by SoftBank Corp

Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell

Banks: Deutsche Bank A; Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities PLC; Morgan Stanley; Mizuho International PLC, London Branch; Merrill Lynch International; Nomura International PLC; SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

 


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Time:    6:30pm sharp, cocktail
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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. 

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 at 13th June 2019 in Tokyo.

When do the submissions open? When is the deadline to submit?

The submissions will open soon. For any questions relating to submissions and deadlines, please contactlokesh.bogati@tr.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. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Japan Law Awards 2019? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 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?

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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 2019 and information listed below.

ALB India Law Awards | February 28 2019 (Mumbai)
ALB Malaysia Law Awards | March 28 2019 (Kuala Lumper)
ALB SE Asia Law Awards | April 11 2019 (Singapore) 
ALB China Law Awards | April 18 (Beijing)
ALB Japan Law Awards | June 13 2019 (Tokyo) 
The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 6 2019 (Hong Kong) 
ALB Indonesia Law Awards | October 10 2019 (Jakarta) 
ALB Philippine Law Awards | October 25 2019 (Manila) 
ALB Korea Law Awards | November 14 2019 (Seoul)

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