Awards

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi collected high honors spanning a wide variety of practices in Japan in the recently-published 2020 edition of Chambers Global, including the highest possible ranking, Band 1, for our Banking & Finance: Domestic, Capital Markets: Domestic, Corporate/M&A: Domestic, Dispute Resolution: Domestic, International & Cross-Border Capabilities (Japanese Firms) and International Trade practices. Nishimura & Asahi was also recognized with impressive rankings in the following practice areas: Capital Markets: Domestic: Securitisation & Derivatives and Intellectual Property: Domestic. Each ranking in the guide is accompanied by an analysis, derived from Chambers and Partners’ direct interviews with clients, highlighting specific areas of strength for each respective practice and individual lawyer.

The publication’s review of our firm states that: “A pre-eminent Japanese firm with a highly international outlook, Nishimura & Asahi offers robust cross-border capabilities. Teams based in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka co-ordinate fluidly with offices in foreign jurisdictions where the firm has an established presence inside and outside of Asia. Japanese clients benefit from the recent opening of the New York office, a key location to assist with expanding business opportunities in North and South America. The firm is also a popular choice for international clients wishing to invest in Japan. The team works routinely on cross-border matters, typically involving the USA, China and Korea, and clients value its deep understanding of WTO rules, regional trade agreements and investment treaties. Other key pillars of the firm's cross-border work include M&A, banking, capital markets and dispute resolution, in which it has the capacity to lead multi-jurisdictional matters and can handle complex regulatory aspects.” One client explains that they value the firm’s “quick responses, worldwide network with foreign law firms and accumulated know-how during their long history and experience.” 

In addition to the numerous rankings earned by our firm’s Japan practice, Nishimura & Asahi received recognition in a number of other key jurisdictions, including Corporate/M&A ranking in Vietnam, General Business Law in Myanmar and Corporate/M&A in Indonesia for Walalangi & Partners (in association with Nishimura & Asahi). Moreover, many Nishimura & Asahi lawyers were individually recognised for their outstanding work.

Global-Wide
 Aviation: Finance
 Leading Individual: Katsu Sengoku

Asia-Pacific Region
 Aviation: Finance
 Leading Individual: Katsu Sengoku

Indonesia
 Corporate/M&A
 Leading Firm: Band 4
 Leading Individual: Luky Walalangi

Japan
 Banking & Finance: Domestic
 Leading Firm: Band 1
 Up and Coming: Takashi Saito

 Banking & Finance: Domestic Asset Finance
 Leading Individual: Katsu Sengoku

 Capital Markets: Domestic
 Leading Firm: Band 1
 Leading Individual: Kohei Koikawa
 Up and Coming: Kentaro Sugimoto

 Capital Markets: Domestic: Securitisation & Derivatives
 Leading Firm: Band 2
 Senior Statespeople: Masaru Ono
 Leading Individual: Naoya Ariyoshi

 Corporate/M&A: Domestic
 Leading Firm: Band 1
 Leading Individuals: Asa Shinkawa   Yoshinobu Fujimoto   Hiroshi Uchima   Yo Ota   Tatsuya Tanigawa   Ryutaro Nakayama
 Up and Coming: Naoko Shimura   Takahiko Date

 Dispute Resolution: Domestic
 Leading Firm: Band 1
 Leading Individuals: Hiroyuki Tezuka   Akihiro Hironaka

 Intellectual Property: Domestic
 Leading Firm: Band 4
 Leading Individuals: Hitomi Iwase

 International & Cross-Border Capabilities (Japanese Firms)
 Leading Firm: Band 1

 International Trade
 Leading Firm: Band 1

Vietnam
 Corporate/M&A
 Leading Firm: Band 4
 Recognised Practitioner: Hikaru Oguchi
 Foreign expert for Japan: Hikaru Oguchi

Myanmar
 General Business Law
 Leading Firm: Band 4
 Recognised Practitioner: Yusuke Yukawa

The Chambers Global Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms in over 190 countries across the world. The rankings are based on the in-depth research of a dedicated and experienced team of researchers. Please visit the website of Chambers & Partners for more information.