Anti-Monopoly Law/Competition Law

Antitrust enforcement by Japan's Fair Trade Commission has intensified in recent years and has also been accompanied by a further strengthening of antitrust law and regulations, with more cases being reported in which high penalties have been imposed on companies. In addition, there is an increasing number of countries and jurisdictions worldwide where strict enforcement of competition law is taking place, and it has thus become essential to conduct international transactions based upon an understanding of the rules and regulations of international competition law. Our firm has a great deal of expertise and experience in dealing with matters of international and domestic competition law (including Japan's Act Against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds to Subcontractors, and Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations), providing advice regarding investigations conducted by Japan's Fair Trade Commission and Consumer Affairs Agency, conducting internal investigations as well as providing representation with respect to leniency applications, and providing advice regarding investigations and notification procedures in order to obtain clearance in connection with M&A transactions. Through our understanding of regulatory authorities' viewpoints and thinking, as well as effective communications with officers, our firm's attorneys, including attorneys with previous work experience at Japan's Fair Trade Commission, are able to provide professional and trustworthy advice for smoothly obtaining antitrust clearance and dealing appropriately with investigations conducted by regulatory authorities.
In addition, we anticipate that the number of cases involving civil disputes based on antitrust claims will increase in the future, and our attorneys remain ready and able to assist our clients with respect thereto.

SeminarsSeminar Archives

Oct. 01, 2018
Privacy and Data Protection - Challenges for Japanese and European Companies(Miyako Ikuta, Ryosuke Naka)
Sep. 25, 2017
Protection and Utilization of Data and Competition Law(Masami Akutsu)
Jul. 11, 2016
Procedures of the Authorities’ Investigation of Misleading Representation and Approach for Companies’ Dealing Therewith(Shunsuke Yabuuchi)

PublicationsPublication Archives

Guide To Antitrust Law That Enhances Compliance (No. 3) - Part 1: How To Enrich Cartel Prevention Investigations and Audits(Shunsuke Yabuuchi)
Quick Report on an Antitrust Case: Case of Difficulty in Changing Business Partners for All Victims Abused by a Dominant Bargaining Position - the Direx Case(Shunsuke Yabuuchi)
Jurist Special Edition - Being Effective in Business - Carefully Selected Legal Precedents on Fair Trading(Shunsuke Yabuuchi)

Newsletter/Law ReviewNewsletter/Law Review

Aug. 14, 2017
German Legislature Introduces a Pre-trial Discovery “Light” in Cartel Damage Proceedings

TopicsWhat's New

Oct. 24, 2018
Miyako Ikuta, Esq. and Ryosuke Naka, Esq. gave presentations and served as panelists in panel discussion at the seminar entitled “Privacy and Data Protection – Challenges for Japanese and European Companies” which was sponsored by Deutsch-Japanischen Wirtschaftskreis (DJW) in Munich on October 1 and in Dusseldorf, in Germany on October 2, 2018.
Jan. 21, 2017
Shunsuke Yabuuchi has written an article titled, "Guide To Antitrust Law That Enhances Compliance (No. 3) - Part 1: How To Enrich Cartel Prevention Investigations and Audits", published in the March 2017 edition of the Business Law Journal.
Sep. 06, 2016
BUSINESS LAWYERS published an article by lawyers Shunsuke Yabuuchi and Jun Kawanami titled "Key Points on M&A Regulations in Regard to Recent Trends on Philippine Competition Act - Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)”.