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Independent local firms

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  1. Japan: Independent local firms – Leading tax law firms
  2. Japan - TDH500
  3. Next generation lawyers: bengoshi
  4. Revenue authority details

Japan - TDH500

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    • Atsushi Fujieda - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    • Koji Fujita - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    • Masakazu Iwakura - Nishimura & Asahi
    • Toshio Miyatake - Adachi Henderson Miyatake & Fujita
    • Yuko Miyazaki - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    • Eiichiro Nakatani - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    • Atsushi Oishi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    • Yo Ota - Nishimura & Asahi
    • Kazuhiro Takei - Nishimura & Asahi
    • Hidehiro Utsumi - TMI Associates

Next generation lawyers: bengoshi

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    • Hiroshi Oyama - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s tax practice covers inbound and outbound transactions, corporate reorganisations, international transfer pricing issues, VAT matters and regulatory advice. Koji Fujita and Eiichiro Nakatani lead the practice; Fujita focuses on corporate issues and tax planning, and Nakatani is recognised for his expertise in international taxation and tax treaties. Kei Sasaki is recommended for financial product tax issues. The firm also has substantial experience in tax litigation.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is noted for its strength in contentious tax matters, and successfully represented Honda in transfer pricing litigation. Other clients include IBM and Johnson Controls. Yuko Miyazaki leads the department, which also includes the highly regarded Atsushi Fujieda and Yushi Hegawa.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has ‘excellent knowledge, business acumen and customer service’, which, according to clients, allows it to ‘deliver top-notch advice’. ‘Exemplary business partner’ Atsushi Oishi leads the practice, which has experience in cross-border and domestic transactions, corporate reorganisations, tax audits, investigations and wealth management. The team advised SMTB on the tax structure for the client’s acquisition of Citi’s credit card business. Other clients include the Ministry of Finance and Hitachi. Yoshihiro Kojima and Makoto Sakai are recommended for M&A issues and private tax matters, respectively.

At Nishimura & Asahi, Masakazu Iwakura, Kazuhiro Takei and Yo Ota head the department, which focuses on tax litigation and audits. Recent headline matters include representing multiple individual investors in tax litigation relating to whether a foreign business is classed as a corporation or a partnership, and assisting a Japanese pharmaceuticals company in a dispute regarding an in-kind contribution of a partnership interest. Other clients include Ralph Lauren and Burton.

The team at Adachi Henderson Miyatake & Fujita is recommended for corporate tax, and is led by Toshio Miyatake. Miyatake has substantial expertise in international tax mandates, and also has experience in tax litigation, audits, tax planning and transfer pricing matters.

Teruhisa Toyama leads Atsumi & Sakai’s team, which advises clients on transactional tax issues, and tax controversy and litigation. Clients of the department include financial institutions, listed companies and technology companies.

TMI Associates’ team stands out for its experience in fund-related tax matters, advising a range of funds and asset management companies. It also excels in corporate tax issues and cross-border mandates. Key practice members include Hidehiro Utsumi and Nobuaki Iwashina.

International firms and joint ventures

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  1. Japan: International firms and joint ventures – Leading tax law firms
  2. Japan - TDH500
  3. Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)
  4. Revenue authority details

Japan - TDH500

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    • Koichi Inoue - Jones Day
    • Shinichi Kobayashi - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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    • Edwin Whatley - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Edwin Whatley leads Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)’s tax practice, which covers tax planning, structuring, transfer pricing and litigation at a national and international level. Recent highlights include advising a US manufacturer on the tax structuring elements of an acquisition, and acting for Universal Entertainment on the tax issues relating to a high-yield secured note issuance. Ken Okawara leads the firm’s transfer pricing group, which includes the well-regarded Yukiko Komori. Shinichi Kobayashi is recommended for corporate issues and employee incentives, Ryutaro Oka is experienced in outbound matters, and Hideyuki Yamamoto focuses on tax litigation.

Makiko Kawamura heads the team at DLA Piper, which counts Tower Semiconductor, Groupon, VATit, Masimo Corporation and Skyscanner as clients. The team has notable strength in real estate-related matters, VAT, regulatory issues and tax litigation, with substantial expertise in cross-border mandates. Associate Keitaro Uzawa is a key member of the department.

Jones Day’s department works alongside various other practice groups, including M&A, real estate and finance, advising on the tax elements of transactions. The team often works closely with the firm’s global network on cross-border transactions. The team also has a contentious element to its practice, advising on litigation and tax audits. Koichi Inoue leads the department, which also includes associate Takako Yako.

Withers Japan, Zeirishi Houjin’s practice was established mid-2015 following the recruitment of department head Eric Roose from Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi. Roose splits his time between Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. The team has notable experience in multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions. Key individuals include Chizuko Tomita, who focuses on M&A, corporate tax restructuring and tax audits, and Takeo Mizutani, who assists clients with Japanese tax issues.

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