• September 2015

    Hashidate Law Office is proud to announce the hiring of a new associate, Mr. Nobuyoshi Shibuya. Mr. Shibuya has considerable experience about lawsuits (intellectual property, information technology, labor trouble), corporate law (shareholder meeting, proxy fight), corporate risk management (reacting scandals, examining fraud), and constructing compliance structure.
  • June 2015

    We acted, in conjunction with a German law firm, as the legal advisor for a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer in a transaction where the electronics manufacturer sought to acquire 100% ownership of a globally oriented German surge arrester company (GmbH), with customers in over 120 countries all over the world.
  • May 2015

    Shinichi Takahara gave a lecture regarding the topic of “Unreasonable Restraint of Trade” in an antitrust law seminar hosted by the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation for Fair Trade Association.
  • April 2015

    We acted as the legal advisor for a major broadcast satellite corporation in a transaction where it was bought, via a share exchange, by the holding company of a leading Japanese media group whose existing companies included a major Japanese TV station.
  • March 2015

    Shinichi Takahara gave a lecture discussing the “Draft of the Partial Amendment to ‘Guidelines Concerning Distribution Systems and Business Practices under the Antimonopoly Act’ ” to a legal study group of Japan Processed Foods Wholesalers Association.
  • January 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Tadashi Tahara, who graduated from the Supreme Court’s Legal Research and Training Institute, joined Hashidate Law Office as an associate attorney in January 2015.
  • December 2014

    We are pleased to announce that Michihiro Matsumoto has been made a partner at Hashidate Law Office as of December 2014.
  • November 2014

    Our firm received a high ranking in the area of “Dispute Resolution” in the latest edition of The Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2015. In particular, we were praised for having an excellent reputation in the field of securities fraud and patent disputes, such that the reviewers noted that “[s]ecurities fraud and patent disputes are particular strengths of the [HLO] team”. In addition, one of our lawyers has been named one of the journal’s “Leading Individuals” in this field.

    Moreover, we were rated highly in the field of “Intellectual Property”, as the journal noted the high regard in which our firm is held with respect to entertainment-related IP matters.

    Legal 500 is an international legal professional journal that publishes reports and reviews based on feedback from 250,000 legal clients worldwide, as well as client interviews conducted by a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.

  • November 2014

    Our firm has been given an entry in “A Total Guide to Business Law Offices 2014 Vol. 2”, published by Shojihomu Co., Ltd. This publication is a guidebook that presents outlines of the major law firms located within Japan that deal with corporate law.
  • November 2014

    In “The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review: Second Edition” published by Law Business Research Ltd., our firm contributed a chapter covering Japan.
  • October 2014

    Hashidate Law Office is proud to announce the hiring of a new associate, Mr. Shinichi Takahara. Mr. Takahara has experience working in the Japan Fair Trade Commission and is very familiar with competition law. While working in the JFTC, he gained expertise dealing with lawsuits concerning the Antimonopoly Act and the Act Against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representation as Deputy director, Decision and Lawsuit Office. Moreover, he was involved in investigations concerning the Antimonopoly Act as Chief investigator, and investigations concerning the Subcontract Act and the Act Concerning Special Measure for Pass-on of Consumption Tax as Chief Officer for Consumption Tax Pass-on Issues.
  • September 2014

    In “Transfer Pricing & Tax Avoidance: First edition 2014” published by Thomson Reuters UK Limited, our firm contributed a chapter covering Japan.
  • September 2014

    We held an informative seminar in our office in regard to the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (“SHIAC”) Arbitration Rules that took effect on May 1, 2014. Mr. Wen Wanli, who is the Vice-Chairman/Secretary-General of SHIAC, participated in the event. Kenji Hashidate, the managing partner of our office, is a SHIAC arbitrator.
  • July 2014

    We acted as a legal advisor for a leading Japanese leasing company in a transaction where the leasing company arranged for an international finance lease to be given to a semiconductor manufacturer in the USA.
  • June 2014

    We acted as a legal advisor for a leading Japanese leasing company in a transaction where the leasing company arranged for an 8.8 billion Japanese Yen loan to a semiconductor maker that was a joint venture company of Panasonic Corporation.
  • May 2014

    We represented a Japanese specialized trading company, which acted as facilitator in a transaction with a prominent U.S.-based weapons manufacturer involving the sale of an ultra-high magnetic field generation system to a research facility of a highly respected Japanese national university, with such system being able to generate a magnetic field of unprecedented strength. The representation of the trading company involved negotiations with the weapons manufacturer in furtherance of the performance of a development and manufacturing agreement. As the transaction progressed, certain problems materialized, such as late delivery by the weapons manufacturer caused by the cutting-edge nature of the technology, resulting in further negotiations on behalf of the client being required with respect to adjusted price and delivery terms. Following extensive negotiations lasting around one and a half years, the situation was resolved to our client’s satisfaction, and our client was able to successfully deliver the system to the Japanese university.
  • March 2014

    We acted, in conjunction with an Indian law firm, as legal advisor for a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer in a transaction where our client and a leading Indian company in the same field established a joint venture in India, wherein Compulsorily Convertible Debentures (CCD) were used for the investment of the project in response to recent changes in Indian Law.
  • March 2014

    We represented a Japanese enterprise in an action to oppose a civil execution made against it by a Chinese enterprise. In this case, the Japanese enterprise sought the return of its bank accounts in Japan that were seized pursuant to a Japanese court’s execution order, which itself was based on an arbitral award for JPY 6 hundred million issued against the Japanese enterprise by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. In an action filed at Tokyo District Court, but with Chinese law being the applicable law, we argued that the JPY 6 hundred million award had already been satisfied through cross-border set-offs by the Japanese enterprise, an argument that resulted in a judgment being rendered by the court on March 24, 2014 in favor of the Japanese enterprise.
  • February 2014

    In representing a leading Japanese fire protection equipment manufacturer in litigation, we were successful in obtaining a very positive settlement in favor of our client following the trial court’s complete rejection of certain product liability claims made by the plaintiffs against our client.

About Hashidate Law Office

Hashidate Law Office has been offering reliable and high quality legal service for a wide range of companies worldwide, whether located in or outside of Japan, and is able to draw upon decades of accumulated professional knowledge and experience from having worked in a broad variety of fields during its long history. From these decades of practical, legal experience, Hashidate Law Office has been able to establish strong professional ties with many foreign law firms, all of which stand ready to serve Hashidate Law Office’s clients should the need arise. In addition to the legal services relating to transactional business matters in Europe and North America that Hashidate Law Office has historically provided, in recent years Hashidate Law Office’s practice has begun focusing on litigation and dispute resolution, not only centered in Japan, but also other countries, with a particular emphasis on Asia.

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