Along with the JFTC’s strengthening of law enforcement, it has become important for companies to take measures to prevent them from being suspected of antitrust violations with regard to their business activities. We have helped many companies to develop antitrust compliance programs, and provided appropriate advice on various antitrust issues that arise in the day-to-day activities of companies.
Analysis of antitrust issues is particularly important in certain types of agreements, such as alliances between domestic and/or global competitors, including business cooperation agreements and joint venture agreements, patent pools, cross license agreements, distribution agreements, technology license agreements, and joint R&D arrangements. We propose appropriate structures based on our deep understanding of competition rules in Japan as well as other jurisdictions. Antitrust authorities have strong concerns particularly on platform businesses, in which companies with large market shares tend to emerge, technology transactions, standard essential patents, and standardizations. We negotiate with antitrust and regulatory authorities in relevant jurisdictions to protect clients’ interests as well as providing clients with advice based on recent trends in these antitrust authorities regarding such issues.
Furthermore, we are always prepared for antitrust issues that may emerge in conjunction with regulatory reforms, including the deregulation of electricity retailing, the reform of exemptions to the antitrust laws, the reform of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives, and strengthened monitoring of Internet companies.