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YASUO SHIDA
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1968).
Admitted 2000, Japan, in accordance with a special treatment
set forth in Article 5, Item 2 of the Lawyers’Law of
Japan (Law No. 205 of 1949, as amended).
Professional
Experience
Ministry of Finance/Cabinet Legislation Bureau of
Japan (1968-1997); Counselor of the Cabinet
Legislation Bureau of Japan (in charge of tax law etc.)
(1984-1989); Regional Commissioner of Hiroshima
Taxation Bureau (1992-1994); Director General of
the Mint Bureau of the Ministry of Finance (1996-1997); Director and Deputy President of The Resolution and Collection Corporation (2000−2006); Director and Acting President of The Resolution and Collection Corporation (2006−2012).
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Tax Problems in General; Administrative Suit; Business Reconstruction; Credit Collection; Consumers' Problems.
E-mail shida@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications "Accounting and Tax Problems Accompanied by Business Reconstruction," Business Reconstruction and Credit Control (January 2006), Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.

"How to Cope with Tax Officials' Arbitrary Tax Assessment," The Lawyers (October 2007), ILS Publishing Company

"Business Reconstruction and Collection Cases by RCC," Business Reconstruction and Credit Control (January 2009), Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.
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SEISHI HIGO
Education Kyoto University (LL.B., 1973).
Admitted 2005, Japan, special training completed in accordance
with Article 5 of the Lawyers Act of Japan
(Law No.205 of 1949 as amended).
Professional
Experience
Ministry of Finance (MOF)/ Deposit Insurance
Corporation of Japan (DICJ) (1973-2002)
  Director-General of Hokkaido Local Finance
  Bureau, MOF;
  Deputy Commissioner of Planning & Coordination
  Department and Vice-Deputy Commissioner of Deposit Insurance
  Department, DICJ;
  Deputy Commissioner of Financial Reconstruction Department, DICJ;
  Counselor of the Minister's Secretariat, MOF;
  Deputy Director-General of the Minister's Secretariat, MOF.
Former Director, Japan Environmental Safety Corporation
Former Advisor, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Professor, Hakuoh University Law School (2013-Present)
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Corporate Law; Financial Law (Banking, Insurance, etc.); Tax Law; Civil Litigation.
E-mail higo@blakemore.gr.jp
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AKIMITSU KAMORI
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., Private Law, 1978;
LL.B., Public Law, 1980); Legal Training and
Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
(Diploma, 1982); Yale University (Diploma, American
Law, 1986); Cornell Law School (LL.M., 1987).
Admitted 1982, Japan; 1988, New York.
Professional
Experience
Associate, Nishimura & Sanada (currently,
Nishimura & Asahi), Tokyo (1982-1986).
Associate, St. John, Oberdorf, Williams, Edington &
Curtin (later known as St. John & Wayne), New York
(1987-1988).
Associate, Dewey Ballantine LLP (later known as
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP), New York (1988-1994).
Representative Attorney, Kamori Sogo, Tokyo (1994-1996).
Partner, Tozai Sogo Law Office, Tokyo (1996-1998).
Partner, Blakemore & Mitsuki, Tokyo (1999-Present).
Liquidator in Japan, World Service Life Insurance Company of Colorado (currently, Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Company), Austin, Texas, U.S.A. (2018-2020).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association; American Bar
Association; New York State Bar Association; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; A.I.P.P.I.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas M&A(including Strategic M&A Tax Advice); Structured Finance; Project Finance; Capital Markets; Complex Litigation; Intellectual Property.
E-mail a-kamori@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications Author: NASDAQ Listing Guide, Chuo Keizai Sha, 1995. Co-Author/Co-Editor: International Layers' Business Data Files, Chuo Keizai Sha, 2000. Co-Author: Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest, Japan Law Digest, Martindale-Hubbell, 1999―; New Bankruptcy Law, Shin Nihon Hoki, 2005; Q&A Gist of New Company Law, Shin Nihon Hoki, 2005; Company Law-Related Ministry of Justice Ordinances Detailed Commentary, Seibun Sha, 2006. Author: "Protective Measures against Unfriendly Takeovers in Japan," Compliance Letter (Daiichi Hoki), vol. 8 (Oct., 2005), 12-16; "Affirmative Assertions for Protective Measures against Unfriendly Takeovers," The Lawyers (ILS Shuppan), Oct., 2006―Mar., 2009; "Dowa Model Threatens Shareholder Rights," The IFLR Guide to Japan 2007 (IFLR), 39-41 (2007); "Triangle Mergers," Junkan Keiri Joho (Chuo Keizai Sha), vol. 1141 (Feb., 2007), 7-19; "Triangle Mergers in Japan," The American Lawyer-Global 100 (The American Lawyer), Oct., 2007; "Stipulation of provisions for restricting business combinations in articles of incorporation of Japanese corporation," ALM Guide to Global Mergers & Acquisitions 2008, Jan., 2008; "The best line of defense," IFLR, The 2008 Guide to Japan, Jan., 2008; "Bull-Dog Sauce's Rights Plan Held by the Supreme Court of Japan to Be Held Valid," US Foreign Direct Investment (The American Lawyer), May, 2008; "Facilitating Reliability and Efficiency of Board - Outside Director vs. Independent Director," US Foreign Direct Investment: A Global Guide (The American Lawyer), Oct., 2008; "Go-shop Clause," The Lawyers (ILS Shuppan), May, 2009―July, 2009.
In the Press Interview article entitled "Imperative to have highly-sophisticated English-speaking attorneys who would be able to make aggressive discussions in English," in the Oct., 2005 edition of The Lawyers (ILS Shuppan); and
Comments set forth in an article, entitled "Is a US agent a PE?―Clarify the nature of foreign facilities," of the Nikkei Business Daily, dated November 7, 1994, at 28.
Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice of Akimitsu Kamori

(The entities whose names are underlined below are clients of those law firms to which Mr. Kamori belonged or belongs.)

Corporate (including M&As)
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following M&A and other equity-related transactions, in addition to general corporate matters including the establishment of branches and subsidiaries of domestic and foreign companies (including venture businesses) and the provision of advice relating to compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act and the
Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan:

Mr.Kamori was involved in the following large cross-border (principally, between Japan and the United States) transactions when Mr. Kamori worked in Dewey Ballantine LLP, then one of the so-called blue-chip law firms in New York City, for six (6) years:

(1)

Mitsubishi Estate's acquisition of Rockefeller Group, Inc.;

(2)

Nippon Life Insurance Company's acquisition of New England General Insurance Co.;

(3)

Alcoa's joint venture with Kobe Steel;

(4)

Sale of interests in DHL to Japan Airlines, Nissho Iwai and Lufthanza Airlines;

(5)

Kikkoman Corporation's acquisition of the processed food products business of Del Monte in the Far East;

(6)

Kikkoman Corporation's acquisition of a minority interest in the Philippines pineapple business of Del Monte;

(7)

Syndicate loan by a group of Japanese banks (led by The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (currently Shinsei Bank)) for the purpose of Ishihara Sangyo's acquisition of all of the capital stock of SDS Enterprises from Fermenta AB;

(8)

Eli Lilly's sale of its Qualicaps (Gelatin Capsules) business to Shionogi & Co., Ltd.;

(9)

Joint venture between Mitsui Mining Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) of Japan and a certain United States corporation in respect of a coal mine called Bull Mountains in the State of Montana, U.S.A.;

(10)

Syndicate loan by a group of Japanese banks (led by The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan) for the purpose of EIE International's construction and acquisition of Four Seasons Hotel located in midtown of New York City;

(11)

Acquisition by closely-related customers of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan of a controlling interest in Washington Harbour, a commercial real property, located in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.; and

(12)

Acuisition of Gump’s Inc., a California corporation, and Gump’s Inc., a Texas corporation, by GMP Acuisition Corp., with which TOBU U.S.A., Inc. executed a Consulting and Financial Services Agreement.

In Japan, Mr. Kamori was involved in, in addition to the foregoing M&A and other equity-related transactions, acquisitions (or other equity-related transactions) by foreign and Japanese companies of various Japanese companies:

(12)

Motorola’s acquisition of 50% of the capital stock of Aizu-Toko Kabushiki Kaisha, from Toko Kabushiki Kaisha;

(13)

Motorola's other acquisitions of, and joint ventures with, various Japanese companies including Toko and Toshiba;

(14)

Minebea's acquisitions of various Japanese companies;

(15)

Acquisition by foreign investors of a part of the capital stock of Arisawa Mfg. (issuance of, at the option of the relevant investors, Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933; such GDRs were designated for trading in PORTAL (Private Offerings, Releases and Trading through Automated Linkages) of National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; The Bank of New York acted as depositary of Global Depositary Shares represented by such GDRs; an application for exemption was submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933;

(16)

Takeover bid by Olympus Corporation for the purpose of acquiring ITX Corporation;

(17)

MBO of Cecile Co., Ltd. by a former CEO of a subsidiary of Livedoor (incomplete);

(18)

Acquisition by Teleperformance, a French company, of a part of the capital stock of Atec (currently Atec/Teleperformance), a Japanese corporation;

(19)

Fujisei Corporation K.K.’s business transfer, in connection with which Tokai Tokyo Securities acted as advisor for the parent company of Fujisei Corporation K.K. (incomplete);

(20)

Stock-acquisition finance/stock lending relating to Livedoor’s attempted acquisition of Nippon Broadcasting System, with Credit Suisse, a Switzerland corporation and Livedoor, acting as ultimate lender, medium lender and ultimate borrower (incomplete)

(21)

Chrchill Capital Ltd.’s exercise of its appraisal right in connection with NEC’s TOB to acquire NEC Infrontia Corporation;

(22)

MBO involving Calyon Securities, Tokyo Branch (currently Crédit Agricole Securities Asia B.V., Tokyo Branch), acting as arranger (incomplete)

(23)

CCI Co., Ltd.’s acquisition of Shimoda Ecotech Co., Ltd. from Hitachi Kinzoku Co., Ltd.;

(24)

SISEL International AG’s (a Swiss corporation) acquisition of Sisel Japan Co., Ltd. (a Japanese corporation), from its sole shareholder;

(25)

UL Systems, Inc.’s acquisition of Care Brains Co., Ltd., from its founder;

(26)

Albemarle Corporation’s acquisition of Sud-Chemie’s catalysts business (incomplete);

(27)

A TSE-1st Section listed company’s acquisition of Mille Corporation (an investment advisory registered company) (incomplete);

(28)

Imerys S.A.’s Japanese subsidiary’s acquisition of Tokai Ceramics Co., Ltd. (f/k/a Toshiba Ceramics Co., Ltd.);

(29)

Hexagon Metrology K.K.’s acquisition of TESA K.K. and, subsequently, the latter being merged into the former;

(30)

Management-buyout of Shinko Service Co., Ltd. (a Japanese corporation);

(31)

Re-acquisition, by the founder of a Japanese corporation, of the controlling interest in such corporation from a fund controlled by a large Japanese bank, through a proxy fight and a debt-equity swap;

(32)

Merger between Imerys S.A.’s Japanese subsidiary (Calderys Japan Co., Ltd.) and Tokai Ceramics Co., Ltd. (f/k/a Toshiba Ceramics Co., Ltd.);

(33)

Mergers and acquisitions involving three (3) Japanese subsidiaries of Hexagon AB (a Switzerland corporation);

(34)

Hexagon AB’s Japanese subsidiary’s purchase of a major part of the business of Geosurf Corporation, a Japanese corporation; and

(35)

Organizing a Japan joint venture, to which Oxford Performance Materials, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and JSR Corporation, a Japanese corporation, made indirect capital contributions in the aggregate amount of U.S. 6 million.

 

Structured Finance/ Project Finance
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following structured-finance and project-finance in foreign and Japanese markets:

(1)

Maruzen Oil (currently Cosmo Oil) and the Government of Iran’s joint project for the purpose of building an petroleum processing plant in Teheran (incomplete);

(2)

Loans, in the Aggregate Principal Amount of up to US$3,468,000, from The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan to ZCWK Associates L.P.;

(3)

Loans, in the Aggregate Principal Amount of up to US$16,532,000, from The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan to New York Communications Center Associates L.P.;

(4)

US$55,000,000 Promisory Note from Copley Plaza Hotel Limited Partnership to The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan;

(5)

Hotel Jerome Refinance with The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan;

(6)

Securitization, in foreign markets, of commercial buildings owned by Landic Co., Ltd., a Japanese real property company, by Orchid Properties Tokutei Mokuteki Kaisha (a specified purpose company under Japanese law and a wholly-owned subsidiary of that certain U.S. limited partnership organized by CS First Boston, Donaldson, Rafkin & Jenrett, Westbrook (a major U.S. real-property developer) and Mitsui Fudosan (a major Japanese real-property developer));

(7)

Structured finance- and refinance-transactions involving Mycal’s (then a major Japanese retailer) retail-shopping facilities, arranged by CS First Boston (Mr. Kamori acted as counsel to the equity-taker of the project in whole);

(8)

Sale of receivables of tenant security deposits from a Cayman Islands company to a U.S. investment bank’s affiliate;

(9)

Various structured-finance transactions, in foreign markets, of consumer finance loans originated by Hitachi Shinpan by taking advantage of a trust structure.  The transaction structure used in connection with such structured-finance transactions  took advantage of a qualified (true) trust and was able to dispense with any notice under Article 24, paragraph 2 of the Money Lending Business Act (Act No. 32 of 1983, as amended) and, at the present time, is commonly used, but such transaction structure did not exist until the emergence of the first of such structured-finance transactions and was conceived by Mr. Kamori for the first time in Japan, which transaction structure was epoch-making in the history of securitization in Japan.

The following are some examples of such transactions:

(a)

US$ 120,000,000 HABS Corp. Floating Rate Notes, Series 2000-1, with Hitachi Shinpan acting as originator; and

(b)

JPY 5,350,000,000 HABS Corp. Floating Rate Notes, Series 2001-1, with Hitachi Shinpan acting as originator;

(10)

JPY5,750,000,000 Tri-City Fuding Limited Japanese Yen Bonds (2003), with Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe) Limited acting as underwriter;

(11)

Securitization of the subordinate portion of the Sakurano Department Store Project arranged by CS First Boston;

(12)

Bridge Loan from Stark Investments, Inc. to HKD Property Holdings, Y.K., in which Shinwa Toshi Kaihatsu K.K., and Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. indirectly had T.K. interests (with a major Japanese trade house, too, acting as a T.K. investor), extended for the purpose of completing the project called “Kawanishi New Town Project”;

(13)

Issuance of collateralized bonds of Wheelock Azabujuban Tokutei Mokuteki Kaisha (guanteed by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) for the purpose of financing its purchase of the real property called “Oakwood Residence Azabujuban” from Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.;

(14)

Issuance of collateralized bonds of ProLogis Tokai Specified Purpose Company, in connection with which Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation acted as placement agent and purchaser, for the purpose of financing Prologis Park Nagoya Y.K.’s lease of the real property called “ProLogis Tokai Project” from Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation;

(15)

Issuance of collateralized bonds of ProLogis Tatsumi Specified Purpose Company, in connection with which Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation acted as placement agent and purchaser, for the purpose of financing ProLogis Tatsumi's lease of the real property called “ProLogis Tatsumi Project” from Morgan Trust and Banking Corporation; and

(16)

Purchase of the trust-beneficial interest in the real property-project called “Itabashi Olympic” by a Japanese corporation, with Sumitomo Trust Bank and Mizuho Trust Bank acting as lender and trustee, respectively.

 

Capital Markets
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following capital markets-related transactions:

(1)

Gabinet Da Area De Sines Japanese Yen Notes of 1983-Series A Guranteed by the Republic of Portugal, in connection with which The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, together with othe financial institutions, acted as purchaser;

(2)

Barclays Plc’s listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange;

(3)

Royal Bank of Canada’s listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange;

(4)

Pharmacia’s (currently Pfizer Inc.) listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange;

(5)

Duke Power Company Secured Medium Term Noted;

(6)

US$250,000,000 loan from The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and four otherJapanese banks to a securities company, an affiliate of Bankers Trust Company;

(7)

Multiple issues of the State of New Jersey’s industrial revenue bonds, each backed by a letter of credit of The Industrial Development Bank of Japan, Ltd.;

(8)

Two US$200,000,000 (in total, US$400,000,000) commercial paper programs of DIC Americas, Inc., each backed by a letter of credit of Mitsubishi Bank (currently MUFG Bank, Ltd.);

(9)

Two US$200,000,000 (in total, US$400,000,000) commercial paper programs of DIC Americas, Inc., each backed by a letter of credit of Fuji Bank (currently Mizuho Bank);

(10)

Two US$200,000,000 (in total, US$400,000,000) commercial paper programs of DIC Americas, Inc., each backed by a letter of credit of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan;

(11)

Mmedium-term note program of a U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate;

(12)

US$200,000,000 commercial paper program of Sun Chemical Corporation backed by a letter of credit of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan;

(13)

Multi-borrower commercial paper program of First Funding Corporation of America backed by a letter of credit of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan;

(14)

Multi-borrower commercial paper program of Dunlop Tire Corporation backed by a letter of credit of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan;

(15)

Sumitomo Corp. of America Medium-Term Notes Series A

(16)

Multiple filings of Registration Statements in respect of Foreign Securities Investment Trsut and of Securities Notifications, on behalf of CIBC Bank and Trust Company, relating to sales of units of Grosvenor Multi-Strategy Unit Trust, in connection with which each of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Japan Limited, Tokyo Branch, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Nippon Securities, Ltd., acted as a sales agent;

(17)

Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. J-MITTS 2 Japanese YenU.S. Dollar Dual Currency Notes with a Special Agreement to Determine the Currency of Redemption after a Purchase;

(18)

JPY75,000,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Shelf Registration;

(19)

Multiple issues of Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. FX Cap;

(20)

Multiple issues of Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. ML6;

(21)

Multiple issues of Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Knock-in Bonds;

(22)

Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Nichiei Bonds (Euro Yen/US Dollar Dual Currency Bonds, with Yen Redemption Clause);

(23)

JPY10,000,020,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Exchangeable Bonds;

(24)

Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Exchangeable Bonds II;

(25)

Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Exchangeable Bonds III;

(26)

US$30,000,000 Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. 1.00 per cent. Trigger – Call Notes;

(27)

JPY10,000,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Japanese Yen Bonds – Second Series (2000);

(28)

JPY65,000,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Japanese Yen Bonds – Third Series (2000);

(29)

US$22,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. U.S. Dollar Notes due August 29, 2001;

(30)

JPY1,500,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Japanese Yen Notes due August 29, 2002;

(31)

JPY500,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Japanese Yen Notes due August 29, 2003;

(31)

JPY100,000,000,000 Merrill Lyncvh & Co., Inc. Shelf Registration Statement,dated August 4, 2000;

(32)

Merrill Lynch Co., Inc. ML PER 30 (Index-linked bonds);

(33)

Merrill Lynch Ravit Trust;

(34)

CITADEL’s attempted establishment of its Japn subsidiary holding 1st-class securities license (incomplete);

(35)

Legal and tax advice, with respect to Japanese aspects, in connection with IMI Plc’s 1995 Executive Share Option Scheme;

(36)

Johnson & Johnson Medical K.K.’s DM 180,000,000 Principal Amount of 5% Notes due 2001 unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees as to principal and interest by Johnson & Johnson;

(37)

Redemption- related matters relating to Toshiba Ceramics Co., Ltd. US$50,000,000 3% Convertible Bonds 2000;

(38)

Legal and tax advice, with respect to Japanese aspects, in connection with Imperial Brands Plc’s Discretionary Share Award Plan in 2017;

(39)

Legal and tax advice, with respect to Japanese aspects, in connection with Vitec Group Plc’s Restricted Share Plan 2019;

(40)

Legal and tax advice, with respect to Japanese aspects, in connection with Imperial Brands Plc’s 2020 Award Grants and 2017 Award Vestings;

(41)

Multiple filings, on behalf of Wasatch Advisors, Inc., of Substantial Share Holding Reports with the Kanoto Local Finance Bureau;

(42)

Multiple filings, on behalf of Grandeur Peak Global Advisors, LLC, of Substantial Share Holding Reports with the Kanoto Local Finance Bureau;

(43)

Multiple filings, on behalf of Brahman Capital Corp., of Substantial Share Holding Reports with the Kanoto Local Finance Bureau;

(44)

Multiple filings, on behalf of L-R Managers, LLC, of Substantial Share Holding Reports with the Kanoto Local Finance Bureau; and

(45)

Multiple filings, on behalf of Denver Investment Advisors LLC, of Substantial Share Holding Reports with the Kanoto Local Finance Bureau.

 

Private Finance
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following private finance-related transactions:

(1)

Term loan from Motorola Semiconductor Japan Ltd. to Toko Kabushiki Kaisha;

(2)

Multiple term loans from The Industrial Development Bank of Japan, Ltd. to Enron Corporation;

(3)

US$50,000,000 term loan from a group of Japanese banks (led by The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan) to Dunlop Tire Corporation;

(4)

US$ 125,000,000 revolving credit loan to CNN Center Ventures, with Tuner Broadcasting System, Inc. and LTCB Trust Company (a New York subsidiary of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan) acting as guarantor and agent, respectively;

(5)

Credit Agreement (tender offer-related finance) among The Black & Decker Corporation, et al. (as borrowers), LTCB Trust Company (a New York subsidiary of The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, et al. (as lenders) and Citibank, N.A. (as agent); and

(6)

Interest Rate and Currency Exchange Agreement between Mitsui Trust and OAK-Mitsui Partnership, jointly owned by Allied-Signal Inc. and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd., the notional amount of which agreement is US$32,400,000.

 

Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Kamori was involved in various financings by The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and Chase Manhattan Bank for the purposes of the construction and/or acquisition of commercial real properties in the United States.

Mr. Kamori was involved in various acquisitions by Mitsubishi Estate and Sumitomo Corporation of real properties in the United States.

 

In addition, Mr. Kamori was involved in the following transactions:

(1)

Purchase of the real property located in the town of Middletown, Delaware County, New York, by Kizumi Co., Ltd. and Taisei Oncho Kogyo Company Limited from Kass Inn Associates;

(2)

Sale of the real estate called “Stella Hills Kawanishi” from Yugen-sekinin-chukan-hojin HKD Trustee to Stella Hills Specified Purpose Company controlled by Nisshin Saiken Kaishu Co., Ltd. (currently Blue Horizon Asset Management Co., Ltd.); and

(3)

Sale of The Windermere (400-406 West 57th Street, New York, New York) from a Japanese corporation and certain individuals to Windermere Properties LLC.

 

Restructuring

Mr. Kamori was involved in the following restructuring transactions:

(1)

Successfully recovering unpaid fees of Dewey Ballantine (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) from a master trust among Hitachi Capital Limited, as initial sponsor, AEL Corporation, as sponsor, and J.P. Morgan Trust Bank Ltd., as trustee, where AEL Corporation, together with other entities, filed an application for corporatereorganization procedures (Chapter 11 procedures in a U.S. sense);

(2)

Negotiations, on behalf of Seiwa Lease (Taisei Construction’s subsidiary) in its capacity as creditor, with Japan Lesing (later GE Capital Leasing), which applied for corporate reorganization procedures;

(3)

Liquidation of K.L. America Inc., a wholly-owned Delaware sususidiary of Kyushu Leasing Service Co.,Ltd.;

(4)

Liquidation of Stella Blu Capital (USA), Inc., a wholly-owned Hawaii sususidiary of Awaji Kotsu Co., Ltd.;

(5)

Global settlement agreement of ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, to which Mizuho International plc (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.) was a party;

(6)

Civil rehabilitation and bankruptcy proceedings, acting as its application agent, for Nichiei Shoji K.K., which had jewelry-sale space in Mitsukoshi Department Store’s Main Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan; and

(7)

Liquidation, in Japan, of World Service Life Insurance Company of Colorado (currently, Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance Company), Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

 

Leveraged Lease
Mr. Kamori was involved in a leveraged lease financing for Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc. in the State of Indiana, U.S.A.

White-collar Crime
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following white-collar crime cases:

(1)

Hitachi vs. IBM Case (the most significant issues pertaining to this case were related to copyright)[1]; and

(2)

U.S. antitrust case, in which we negotiated, together with U.S. attorneys, with the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of a former executive of Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd., for the purpose of avoiding such former executive being arrested in, or extradited to, the United States, which we were successful in avoiding.


[1] This case is referred to in the “Intellectual Property” section hereinbelow as well.

 

Intellectual Property
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following and other matters involving intellectual property rights, principally trademark rights and copyrights, on behalf of foreign and domestic companies:

(1)

Hitachi vs. IBM Case (the most significant issues pertaining to this case were related to copyright);

(2)

Representation of Sega Enterprises, Ltd. in connection with provisional attachments, provisional injunctions and trials on the merits in respect of various kinds of copyright and trademark infringements (in 1982, Mr. Kamori, together with his colleagues, won, for the first time in Japan, a civil suit in which the relevant court judged that game software should be deemed a copyrighted work(s) under the Copyright Act of Japan (Law 48 of 1970, as amended));

(3)

Representation of owners of French high-class brands, including Celine, Lavin and Ninarich, in connection with injunction and damage compensation lawsuits in respect of infringements of their respective trademark rights; and

(4)

Representation of foreign companies including Merrill Lynch in connection with their respective applications for registrations of trademarks and their respective filings of lawsuits relating to trademark right infringements.

 

Complicated Litigation/ Arbitration
Mr. Kamori was involved in the following complicated lawsuits and arbitration case:

(1)

Litigation matters referred to in clauses (1) through (4) of the "Intellectual Property" section above;

(2)

Two civil actions filed against Taiheiyo Cement Corporation’s indirect U.S. subsidiary and other entities in the Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Florida: a putative class action captioned Niemoeller, et al. v. Coronet Phosphate Co., et al., and an action filed by individual plaintiffs captioned Franco, et al. v. Coronet Industries, Inc., seeking damages and equitable relief;

(3)

Settlement, made under the rules of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, in favor of a well-known Australian martial-art fighter, pursuant to which a large world-wide marshal-art association agreed to pay a large amount of money to such fighter; and

(4)

Settlement, in the Tokyo High (appellate) Court, in favor of a U.S. citizen, ordering her former spouse, a former executive of a large U.S. real estate investment firm, to pay US$2.9 million to such U.S. citizen (the judgment of the first trial in the Tokyo District is set forth in Tokyo District Court’s judgment dated March 28, 2011, Hanta 1351-241).

 


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KEIICHIRO SUE
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1982); Legal Training
and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Diploma, 1984); Leuven Catholic University,
Belgium (LL.M., 1992); Columbia University (LL.M.,
1994); Hitotsubashi University (JSD, 2009).
Admitted 1984, Japan; 1995, New York.
Professional
Experience
Allen & Overy, Brussels (1992-1993); Loeff Claeys
Verbeke, Brussels (1993); Mayer, Brown & Plat,
Chicago (1994-1995); Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry (1999-2001); Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University Law School (Practical International Economy Law) (2005-Present); Outside director of MetaWater Co., Ltd. (2014-Present); NHK Spring Co., Ltd. (2015-Present).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association; New York Bar.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Labor and employment; Trade disputes; Litigation.
E-mail sue@blakemore.gr.jp
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TAKASHI HIRANO
Education Chuo University (LL.B., 1980); Legal Training and
Research Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Diploma, 1985).
Admitted 1985, Japan.
Professional
Experience
Professor at Cyber University (2012-Present);
Yagi & Ushijima (1985-1988); Masuda, Funai,
Eifert & Mitchell (1988-1990); Blakemore &
Mitsuki (1990-2000); Head of Law and Corporate
Affairs, Microsoft Asia Limited (2000-2003);
Executive Officer/Law and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Co., Ltd (2003-2006); Blakemore & Mitsuki (2006-Present); Fellow of Computer Software Association Japan; Councilman of Software Information Center; Statutory Auditor of Morpho, Inc.; Statutory Auditor of Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co., Ltd.; Statutory Auditor of FALTEC Co., Ltd.; Member of Copyright Law Association Japan, Intellectual Law Association Japan, Antitrust Law Association Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail hirano@blakemore.gr.jp
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TAKETO NASU
Education Sophia University (LL.B., 1991); Legal Training and
Research Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Diploma, 1996); The University of Texas
School of Law (LL.M., 2000).
Admitted 1996, Japan; 2001, New York.
Professional
Experience
Yuasa & Hara, Tokyo, Japan (1996-1999,
2002-2009); Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur,
Columbus, Ohio (2001-2002); Lecturer, Japan
Patent Attorneys Association (2005-2012);
Visiting Lecturer, Toin University of Yokohama Law School, Yokohama, Japan (2006-2014); Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. (2013-Present); Instructor (in charge of advocacy of civil cases), Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court (2014-2017).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Japan Association of Industrial Property Law; Copyright Law Association of Japan; Corporate Law Study Group and Bankruptcy Law Study Group of the All-around Legal Research Institute of Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Intellectual Property Law (Patent, Utility Model, Design, Trademark, Unfair Competition, Copyright); Corporate Law.
E-mail nasu@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications "Litigation and Preliminary Injunction," "Consideration of ADR, e.g., Arbitration," Q&A Practices in Prevention of and Response to Troubles with Intellectual Property, Shin-Nihon Hoki, 2006; "Patent Infringement and Scope of Injunction," Precedents in Corporate Legal Practice Case Study 300 (Vol. of Business Transaction and Intellectual Property), Kinzai, 2007; co-author and editor, "Essence of Legal Practice for Corporate Officers," Seibunsha, 2007; "Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases - MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc., et. al.," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 35, No. 8, 2007; "Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases - Benitec Australia, Ltd. v. Nucleonics, Inc.," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 36, No. 7, 2008; "Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases - Akira Akazawa, et. al. v. Link New Technology Int'l, Inc.," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2009; co-author, "IP High Court's First Hearing of Public Opinion: Possibility of Adopting Amicus Brief System in Japan (Business Legal Practice, Vol. 14, No. 6, 2014); “Injunction Systems against Patent Infringement” Intellectual Property Management, Vol. 67, No. 7, 2017; etc.
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TAKAHISA KOBAYASHI
Education Doshisha University (LL.B.), 1996); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 2002).
Admitted 2002, Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail kobayashi@blakemore.gr.jp
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Masako Miyatake
Education Hitotsubashi University (LL.B., 1983); Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (Master of Business Law, 2007); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2012; Visiting Scholar, 2012-2014); Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (Completed Doctoral Program of Business Law, 2007-2016); Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (Ph.D. in Business Law, 2017).
Admitted 2002, Japan.
Professional
Experience
Chase Manhattan Bank N.A., Tokyo and Hong Kong (1983-1989); The Legal Training and Research Institute, Saitama, Japan (2001-2002); Koga & Partners, Tokyo (2002-2004); Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York, U.S. (2012); US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (2011-2013); Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo (formerly Asahi Koma Law Offices) (2004-2014); Arbitrator of Daini Tokyo Bar Association Arbitration Center (2014-Present); Nakano Law Office, Tokyo (2014-2018); Reconciliator of Dispute Reconciliation Center for Nuclear Damage Compensation regarding Fukushima Nuclear Plant (2014-Present); Registered Lawyer's List for Lawyer Referral Service for Hague Convention, Japan Federation of Bar Association (2015-Present); Lecturer of Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo (2015-2019); Lecturer of Waseda University (2016-2018); Lecturer of Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Law (2018-2020); Mediator of Tokyo Family Court (2016-Present); Guest Professor, Keio University Law School (2019-Present); Deputy Secretary-General, Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC) (2019-Present); Steering Committee Member, Japan International Mediation Center (JIMC) (2019-Present); Outside Director, Sumida Corporation (2019-Present); Fukushima Medical University the Third-party Committee Member(2019); Listed on panel of arbitrators of JCAA (2019-Present); Listed on panel of arbitrators of KCAB International (2020-Present); Listed on panel of mediators of Japan International Mediation Center, Kyoto (2020-Present)
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association; Japan Bar Association, International Commercial and Investment Arbitration ADR Working Group; Japan Association of Arbitrators; Japan Financial ADR/Ombudsman Study Group (2007-2008); Arbitration Center of Daini Tokyo Bar Association; Japan Association of the Law of Trust; Earth Watch Japan; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; CIArb Accredited Mediator.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Dispute Resolution: ADR (International Arbitration, Mediation, Ombudsman and Negotiation), Litigation; Compliance Issues; Finance(Structured Finance, Project Finance, etc.); Corporate Reorganization; Employment Law; M&A; Corporate Rehabilitation; Tax Litigation; Intellectual Property Law; U.S. law-related matters.
E-mail miyatake@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications "Description of Tax Litigation with regard to the Stock Option Taxation." (2006),Tokyo: Nikkei Biz Plus (On line article), Nikkei Net.

"Lectures on the Practice of Administrative Litigation Law." wrote 13 out of 796 pages (2007),Tokyo: Minjiho-kenkyukai.

"Tax issues in the Legal Disputes." wrote 10 out of 420 pages, described the current issues in the tax litigations (2009), Tokyo: Minjiho-kenkyukai.

"Summary of the Regulation of Collective Investment Scheme." (2007), Tokyo: Nikkei Biz Plus (On line article), Nikkei Net.

"Q&A of Practice of Financial Instruments Transactions for Registered Financial Institutions." wrote 18 out of 421 pages (2008), Tokyo: Seibunsha.

"Policy Proposals for Ideal Financial ADR and Feasible Plan." wrote as one of 26 members of Japan Financial ADR/Ombudsman Study Group (2008), Tokyo: Japan Financial ADR/Ombudsman Study Group.

"Lectures on Handling Complaints on the Financial Instrument Products." wrote 8 out of 210 pages (2009), (Banking Business Text book) Tokyo: Ginko-kensyusha.

"Trust as Social Infrastructure in Japan." wrote 35 out of 209 pages with the members of Trust Act Committee of Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association, proposed the new usage of trust system under new Trust Act in Japan (2010), (Banking Business Text book) Tokyo: Kobundo.

"Japan's New Financial ADR System." (2010), (with a lawyer of Nishimura & Asahi) in English. U.S.: Bloomberg Law Reports - Alternative Dispute Resolution (Vol.1, No.2).

"Research and development based on collaboration between government, industry and academia in 2010, sponsored by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology." wrote Section VIII Damages and Compensations, Section X Governing Law and Jurisdiction (2010), Tokyo: Research Committee for collaboration between government, industry and academia.

"Doing Business in UAE." wrote Chapter VII Intellectual Property, Chapter X Tax and Chapter XI Disputes Resolution, and review all pages (2011), Tokyo: Nishimura & Asahi).

"Description of Intellectual Property Law (Law Textbook)." wrote 2 out of 462 pages (2008, 2010, 2013), Tokyo: Kobundo.

"Regulations on Collective Investment Scheme under the Financial Investment and Exchange Act" for master thesis at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (2007).

"Determinants of the Scope of Privilege in Mediation - Primarily Based on the Uniform Mediation Act" for Columbia Law School, LLM Supervised Research Paper (2012).

"Comparative Study of U.S. Mediation and Japanese Mediation, As Well As Proposals to Revitalize Japanese Mediation Systems" for Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Ph.D. dissertation (March 2017).

Lectures and Presentations "Expanding Role of Japanese Lawyers in International Dispute Resolution" at International Dispute Resolution in Asia; Memorial Symposium for the Establishment of the LL.M. program in Global Legal Practice at Keio University Law School, Tokyo, Japan (April 27, 2016).

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