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Nishimura & Asahi Wins Merger Control Matter of the Year for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa at GCR Awards 2024

Nishimura & Asahi is delighted to announce that we have been awarded “Merger Control Matter of the Year for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa” at the GCR Awards 2024, presented by Global Competition Review at the Conrad Hotel in Washington, DC on April 9, 2024, together with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (United States/EU), T&D Associates (China), Kim & Chang (Korea), Gilbert + Tobin (Australia), Arnon Tadmor & Levy (Israel), Lee and Li (Taiwan), Levy & Salomão Advogados (Brazil) and Webber Wentzel (Africa). 

Merger Control Matter of the Year for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa 
Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware 
Madoka Shimada 


島田 まどか

Madoka advises clients on various matters of competition law, including domestic and international cartels, bid-rigging, M&A transactions, investigations by the JFTC, leniency applications and general antitrust law compliance. She is especially active in cross-border transactions. She has represented clients in connection with investigations into various global cartels, involving air cargo, marine hoses, TFT-LCDs, airlines, and bearings, and also in various merger-control cases, including a vertical integration between semiconductor equipment manufacturers, and major global merger transactions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She has particular strength and experience handling IT-industry mega deals. Madoka is also active in advising in the international trade area, in particular, government procurement and export control. In addition, she advises on laws preventing unfair competition, including trade secret cases. She served as lead counsel to Nippon Steel Corporation in multinational trade secret litigation against POSCO (a South Korean steel company), a landmark case in this area, and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for her client. She was a member of the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures of the Industrial Structure Council at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry from 2013 to 2023.