Awards

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi achieved the largest number of firm rankings for any law firm in Japan, and the largest number for any Japanese firm across the Asia-Pacific region, in the recently-published 2021 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. 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.

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 high rankings for Corporate/M&A and Real Estate in Vietnam, General Business Law in Myanmar, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate in Indonesia for Walalangi & Partners (in association with Nishimura & Asahi), and Intellectual Property in Thailand for SCL Nishimura. Moreover, many lawyers were individually recognized for their outstanding work.

Asia-Pacific Region
Aviation*

Leading Individual: Katsu Sengoku
Arbitration (International)*
Leading Firm: Band 5

Indonesia
Corporate/M&A*

Leading Firm: Band 4
Leading Individual: Luky Walalangi
Real Estate*
Leading Firm: Band 3

Japan
Banking & Finance

Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Takashi Saito
Banking & Finance: Asset Finance*
Leading Individual: Katsu Sengoku, Adrian Joyce
Capital Markets
Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Kohei Koikawa
Up and Coming: Kentaro Sugimoto
Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives
Leading Firm: Band 2
Senior Statespeople: Masaru Ono
Leading Individual: Naoya Ariyoshi
Competition/Antitrust
Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Kozo Kawai, Madoka Shimada
Construction*
Leading Firm: Spotlight Table
Corporate/M&A
Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Asa Shinkawa, Yoshinobu Fujimoto, Hiroshi Uchima, Yo Ota, Tatsuya Tanigawa, Ryutaro Nakayama
Up and Coming: Takahiko Date
Dispute Resolution
Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Hiroyuki Tezuka, Akihiro HironakaLars Markert
Up and Coming:  Yutaro Kawabata
Employment
Leading Firm: Band 3
Insurance
Leading Firm: Band 1
Senior Statespeople: Shinichi Takahashi
Leading Individual: Takuya Oshida
Intellectual Property
Leading Firm: Band 3
Leading Individual: Hitomi Iwase
International Trade
Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Kozo Kawai, Kojiro Fujii
Investment Funds
Leading Firm: Band 2
Leading Individual: Kei Ito, Yoshiharu Kawamata
Life Sciences
Leading Firm: Band 2
Leading Individual: Mariko Mimura
Projects & Energy
Leading Firm: Band 1
Eminent Practitioners: Nagahide Sato
Leading Individual: Tomohiro Sato, Adrian Joyce
Real Estate
Leading Firm: Band 1
Leading Individual: Yoshiaki Ikeda, Hiroshi Niinomi, Norio Maeda
Restructuring/Insolvency
Leading Firm: Band 1
Senior Statespeople: Hideki Matsushima
Leading Individual: Kenichi Minami, Shinnosuke Fukuoka
Tax
Leading Firm: Band 2
Leading Individual: Yo Ota, Akihiro Hironaka

Myanmar
General Business Law
Leading Firm: Band 4
Leading Individual: Yusuke Yukawa

Osaka
General Business Law
Leading Firm: Band 2

Thailand
Intellectual Property*

Leading Firm: Band 3
Eminent Practitioner: Chavalit Uttasart

Vietnam
Corporate/M&A*

Leading Firm: Band 4
Leading Individual: Hikaru Oguchi
Real Estate*
Leading Firm: Band 3

* Only Japanese law firm ranked.

About Chambers Asia-Pacific: Chambers Asia-Pacific is an annual guide to the Asia-Pacific legal market, and is compiled by the leading global legal publisher, Chambers and Partners, London, UK. Covering 36 jurisdictions, and surveying 30 separate practice areas of law, this year’s edition ranked law firms and legal practitioners based on in-depth interviews with key clients and lawyers in the market, assessments of recent works, independent research, and data analysis. Please visit the website of Chambers and Partners for more information.