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December 26,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, became a member of the“Study Group on a New Governance Model for Society 5.0”
December 23,
2019
Six newly-admitted associates, Yasuta Arashiro, Yoshiyuki Kino, Shohei Shidara, Yuki Shirakawa, Shun Takei, and Yusuke Watanabe, all attorneys admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai.
December 12,
2019
Mihoko Shima, Partner became a member of the Natural Resources and Fuel Committee, as of December 2019, and a member of its Petroleum and Natural Gas Subcommittee, as of October 2019, both of which are subordinate bodies of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
December 10,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai has been recognized as a Leading Firm in the following seven areas; "Banking & Finance: Domestic", "Capital Markets: Domestic: Securitisation & Derivatives", "Competition/Antitrust", "Employment", "Insurance", "Projects & Energy: Domestic" and "Real Estate" in the 2020 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. Also, 8 of our lawyers are ranked in each of the following areas.
December 09,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, became a member of the advisory group for "Research on the Development of AI, etc. contributing to Preventive Care for the Elderly by Establishing an Infrastructure for Multidisciplinary Data Gathering, Utilization and Analysis Across Health, Medical and Nursing Care" for the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology's Public/Private R&D Investment Strategic Expansion Program (PRISM) in December 2019.
December 06,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner became an expert committee member of the Cabinet Office’s Council for Regulatory Reform, Investments, Etc. Working Group as of December 2019.
December 06,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner became an expert committee member of the Cabinet Office’s Council for Regulatory Reform, Growth Strategy Working Group as of December 2019.
December 03,
2019
Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, became a member of the "Working Group Studying Systems and Rules" for the theme of "Architecting and Feasibility Study – Feasibility Study of Architectures in relation to Sharing and Utilization of Biometric Identification (Facial Features) Data among Business Operators" of Cabinet Office’s Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) Second Phase, Big-data and AI-enabled Cyberspace Technologies in November 2019.
December 02,
2019
Five partners have been listed in "Who's Who Legal Japan 2019."
November 27,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai,Partner became a member of the Advisory Committee on Promotional Programs for the Social Implementation of "IoT/BD/AI Information Communication Platforms" of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications as of November, 2019.
November 25,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, became a director of the Fintech Association of Japan in November 2019.
November 08,
2019
Donations to Support Victims of Typhoon Hagibis
November 08,
2019
[Newsletter] "The bill to implement the new prior notification rule was submitted to the Diet"
October 25,
2019
[Newsletter] "Abe administration signs off on the bill to lower the threshold for prior notification of inward investments by foreign investors in sensitive industries"
October 10,
2019
[Newsletter] "Japan will introduce new forex regulations applicable to inward investments by foreign investors in sensitive industries"
October 09,
2019
Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, became an adjunct lecturer for "Information Society Law" for School of Informatics, University of Tsukuba in October 2019.
October 04,
2019
Our firm has been ranked in Tier 1 for "Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation" and Tier 2 for "Banking", "Project finance", and "Project development", and highly ranked for "Capital markets: Equity", "Capital markets: Debt" and "M&A" in the IFLR1000's 2020 Financial and Corporate guide (Japan).
October 01,
2019
Notice of Atsumi & Sakai Frankfurt Office Relocation
October 01,
2019
[Newsletter]"Agriculture and Work-style Reform"
October 01,
2019
Hitoshi Nakajima, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on October 1, 2019, as an Associate.
September 26,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai has been ranked as Tier 2 among Japanese domestic law firms in the category of "M&A" in the ALB M&A Rankings 2019, announced in the September 2019 issue of Asian Legal Business.
September 25,
2019
11 of our lawyers were selected as "Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2020".
September 25,
2019
Our firm has been listed in asialaw Profiles 2020 - The Definitive Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Regional and Domestic Law Firms (Japan)
September 20,
2019
Takafumi Ochiai, Partner, became a member of the "Study Group on MaaS-related Data" of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in September 2019.
September 18,
2019
6 lawyers from Atsumi & Sakai have been listed in "Expert Guides 2019".
September 02,
2019
Akio Kawamura, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on September 1, 2019, as a Partner.
September 02,
2019
Kohei Murakawa, Partner, has been certified as a CEDR Accredited Mediator.
August 28,
2019
Hiroyuki Nezu, Partner, provided an overview of our firm and the newest business fields, etc. and Feng Qin Chen*, Of Counsel, a lawyer of the People’s Republic of China, gave a presentation entitled, "Legal Risk Management of Chinese Companies entering the Japanese Market" to visiting professors and students of the Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University, a prestigious Chinese university.
August 26,
2019
Setsuko Yufu, Partner, Saori Hanada, Partner, and Tatsuo Yamashima, Partner (as Future Leaders) have been recognized in GCR Competition 2019, published by Law Business Research Ltd.
August 26,
2019
Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, became a Vice Chair of the Northeast Asia Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law (ABA SIL) in August 2019.
August 21,
2019
Setsuko Yufu, Partner, Saori Hanada, Partner and Tatsuo Yamashima, Partner (as Future Leaders), have been recognized in Who's Who Legal: Competition 2019, published by Law Business Research Ltd.
August 19,
2019
Reiko Yoshida, Partner, has been admitted as an Attorney and Counselor of the Courts of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
August 16,
2019
[Newsletter] "Data Contract Guidelines in the Agricultural Sector"
July 11,
2019
Hiroyuki Sanbe, Partner, became a member of Learning Support Technology Working Group, Cabinet Office’s Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) Second Phase, Big-data and AI-enabled Cyberspace Technologies in June 2019.
July 01,
2019
Kazuki Ito, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on July 1, 2019, as an associate.
June 28,
2019
2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Germany - Private Equity Law: Frank Becker
June 14,
2019
At the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2019, Hiroo Atsumi (Partner) was chosen as Managing Partner of the Year, and the Firm was chosen as Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year.
June 10,
2019
Membership in “FinCity.Tokyo”
June 07,
2019
Admission as Group Member to International Bar Association (IBA)
June 06,
2019
FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific 2019
June 03,
2019
Minako Otsuka, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on June 3, 2019, as an Of Counsel.
May 31,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai has been ranked as Tier 1 in the category of "Copyright/Trademarks" and Tier 2 in the category of "Patent" among Japanese domestic law firms in the ALB IP Rankings 2019, announced in the May 2019 issue of Asian Legal Business.
May 22,
2019
[Newsletter] "Revisions to the Agricultural Chemicals Control Act"
May 14,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai has been chosen as a finalist for the 23 categories of Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2019.
May 07,
2019
Fumiyuki Hara, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on May 7, 2019, as an Advisor.
May 07,
2019
Three Associates, Tetsuma Sawaguchi, Kento Hirai (both attorneys admitted in Japan), and I-Hsien Weng (admitted in Taiwan and New York), joined Atsumi & Sakai on May 7, 2019.
April 04,
2019
Attorneys from Atsumi & Sakai were included in the 2020th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan.
April 01,
2019
Mihoko Shima, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on April 1, 2019, as a Partner.
April 01,
2019
Charlotte Kelly, an attorney admitted in England and Wales, joined Atsumi & Sakai as an associate.
April 01,
2019
Three Associates, Ryohei Fujiwara, Maki Katayanagi (both attorneys admitted in Japan), and Anshul Gupta (admitted in New York), joined Atsumi & Sakai on April 1, 2019.
March 27,
2019
[Newsletter] "2019 Amendments to the Payment Services Act, etc."
March 20,
2019
[Newsletter] "Japanese New Risk Retention Rules for Securitizations"
March 18,
2019
Takahiro Ogawa, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai as an associate.
February 25,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai will provide the tournament judiciary hearing rooms for Rugby World Cup 2019TM
February 25,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai concluded a consultancy agreement with Rugby World Cup Limited
February 19,
2019
Kentaro Minato, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai as an associate.
February 14,
2019
Chambers Global 2019 Ranking Awards
February 01,
2019
Tomoya Aoki, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai as an associate.
January 22,
2019
Our firm has been ranked in Tier 1 for "Antitrust and competition" and "TMT" in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Also, 10 of our lawyers are named as "Leading Individuals" and 2 of our lawyers are named as "Next Generation Lawyers" in each of the practice areas.
January 10,
2019
Atsumi & Sakai's antitrust practice was "Highly Recommended" by Global Competition Review (GCR) in its 19th annual survey, GCR 100.
January 07,
2019
Seven newly-admitted associates, Miku Ukezono, Yuto Uchida, Taiki Tani, Mariko Hino, Tatsuhiro Hirayama, Satoshi Fukuhara, and Kabuto Yoshinaga, all attorneys admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai.
January 01,
2019
Hiroshi Maeda, an attorney admitted in Japan, joined Atsumi & Sakai on January 1, 2019, as a Partner.