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February 01, 2016 Atsumi & Sakai has been recognized as a Leading Firm in the following eight areas; "Banking & Finance", "Capital Markets: Securitisation & Structured Finance", "Competition/Antitrust", "Employment", "Insurance", "Investment Funds", "Projects & Energy" and "Real Estate" in the 2016 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. Also, 6 of our lawyers are ranked in each of the following areas.
January 22, 2016 Our firm has been shortlisted as one of the top national firms for the Law Firm of the Year award - Japan (Domestic law advisers) - in Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2016.
January 15, 2016 Atsumi & Sakai's antitrust practice was "Highly Recommended" by Global Competition Review (GCR) in its 16th annual survey, GCR 100.
January 12, 2016 Four newly-admitted associates, Yoshihiko Annaka, Miyu Harashima, Tasuku Imai, and Toshinori Watanabe, all attorneys admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai.
January 05, 2016 Kumpei Ohashi, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on January 5, 2016, as Of Counsel.
December 11, 2015 German office moves from Berlin to Frankfurt
December 01, 2015 Sayaka Aizawa, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on December 1, 2015, as an Associate.
November 18, 2015 Our firm has been selected as one of the "Recommended firms" in Asialaw Profiles 2016: The Guide to Asia -Pacific's Leading Domestic and Regional Law Firms.
November 09, 2015 Our firm has been ranked in Tier 1 for "Antitrust and Competition Law", "Construction", "Labour and Employment", "Structured Finance/Securitisation" and "TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications)" in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Also, 11 of our lawyers are named as "Leading Individuals" in each of the areas.
October 21, 2015 Takafumi Ochiai, Of Counsel, became a member of the steering committee of the Young Japan Association of Arbitrators (YJAA).

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February 05, 2016 [Seminar] Shingo Noguchi presented a lecture entitled "Recent Real Estate Legal Practice in Vietnam Pursuant to the Latest Real Estate Laws and Regulations," at a joint seminar with the International Corporate Advisory Division of Mizuho Bank, on February 5, 2016, hosted by the Vietnam Working Group of the Japan Conference on Overseas Development of Eco-Cities (J-CODE).
February 05, 2016 [Article] "Innovation by Banks and FinTech Companies‐A summary of FinTech issues from the perspective of Finance and IT Law", co-authored in Japanese by Ryuichi Nozaki, Yuri Suzuki, Hiroyuki Sanbe and Takafumi Ochiai, has been published in Financial Law Journal No.2035, February 2016, published by Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.
February 02, 2016 [Article] "Arbitration Procedures and Practice in Japan," co-authored by Junko Ogushi, Partner, Takafumi Ochiai, Of Counsel, and Shingo Noguchi, has been published on the Practical Law website of Thomson Reuters.
January 29, 2016 [Seminar] Tatsuo Yamashima, Partner, presented a lecture entitled "Competition Law of South Africa," at a seminar on competition laws of emerging markets, on January 29, 2016, organized by Kousei Torihiki Kyoukai/Fair Trade Institute.
January 14, 2016 [Seminar] Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, and Fuminori Kato presented a lecture entitled "Accounting Fraud - Legal Liability and Measures for Risk Avoidance," at a workshop hosted by the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants on January 14, 2016.
January 11, 2016 [Seminar] Yuri Suzuki, Senior Partner, presented a seminar lecture entitled "Legal Business for Property Investment and Management in Japan“ on January 11, 2016, hosted by Daini Tokyo Bar Association and Taipei Bar Association.
January 06, 2016 [Seminar] Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, presented a seminar lecture entitled "Liability of Parent Company Over Subsidiary Fraud and Countermeasures: Key Points on Subsidiary Control - Learning from Successes and Failures of Parent Companies Facing Fraud by a Domestic Subsidiary or a Foreign Subsidiary,” on January 6, 2016, hosted by Keiei Chousa Kenkyukai.
January 05, 2016 [Article] "Advanced Approach for Early Detection and Prevention of Corporate Scandals Utilizing Technologies Including Artificial Intelligence," authored in Japanese by Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, has been published in The Lawyers, January 2016, published by ILS Publications, Inc.
January 05, 2016 [Article] "Significance of Ensuring Corporate Management Compliance," co-authored in Japanese by Mitsunobu Sato and Fuminori Kato, has been published in The Lawyers, January 2016, published by ILS Publications, Inc.
December 25, 2015 [Seminar] Masataka Hayakawa, Partner, presented a seminar lecture entitled "Corporate Scandals and Crimes – Various Types of Investigations and Early Fraud Detection: Difference Between Internal Investigation and External Investigation/Competent Authority’s Investigation and Detection; Latest Trends of System and Approach for Early Fraud Detection and Prevention,” on December 25, 2015, hosted by Keiei Chousa Kenkyukai.

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