Edwin Whatley is the head of tax department at Baker McKenzie. The team provides a wide range of tax services such as indirect tax, tax litigation and M&A tax. It is comprised of Japan-qualified lawyers, CPAs, tax attorneys, US-qualified tax lawyers and economists. The foreign lawyers have experience working in both their home jurisdiction and Japan, which brings clients a broader tax offering than those firms with just domestic experience. It is also supported by its global network.
Shinya Matsumiya leads tax practice at Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax. It maintains a strong reputation in corporate tax services, international tax strategies and reorganisation consulting. In addition, the firm’s other legal-related services involve corporate, M&A, tax controversy and labour and employment. Its clients include both Japanese and foreign multinational companies. It has developed its international network by deploying tax professionals to around 11 jurisdictions to meet clients’ needs.
Howard Osawa joined the firm as a partner and Hiroshi Maruyama joined the firm as a director in 2019.
Makiko Kawamura leads tax practice at DLA Piper. It offers a range of services in Japan including, but not restricted to, international and domestic tax restructuring, supply chain remodelling, disputes related to customs duties and consumption tax for multinational clients. It regularly advises significant clients including Fortune 500 companies. It has the capability to deal with complex matters because of the size and expertise of its team.
Kentaro Ishida joined the firm as a tax advisor in 2018.
Managing partner Yoichi Ishizuka leads the tax practice at Grant Thornton Taiyo. Other key practitioners are Hideharu Tanaka, Michiko Shinohara and Hirotoshi Sekine. It is a member of Grant Thornton International and so has the capability to provide services on a global basis. It specialises in global tax governance support and global mobility services. It is active in automotive and consumer goods sectors.
The team advised a Japanese IT company on VAT implications. It also established an ongoing compliance procedure including VAT tax filings, payments in various jurisdictions. It also helped clients on their individual tax issues including Japanese income tax, inheritance tax and gift tax.
Takehiko Hara and Harumi Yamada joined the firm as a director in 2018.
Yuichi Komakine leads the tax practice at KPMG. Another key practitioner is Takayuki Kozu. It is comprised of approximately 600 tax professionals with a total of 49 partners in Tokyo, Nagoya and Hiroshima. In 2018, the firm established the office in Hiroshima to support the growth of the local business. It provides services including financial services, M&A and real estate investment. In addition, it specialises in customs and VAT practice. It utilizes its technology to strengthen the control and visibility of compliance, tax position and reporting.
The team helped a financial group on a general corporate tax issue. It uses a Japanese tax incentive in order to achieve a substantial corporate tax credit.
Shuhei Ohshima joined the firm as a partner in 2018.
The team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has a strong capability in handling tax litigation matters. It has four partners: Atsushi Fujieda, Shigeki Minami, Takashi Saida and Yushi Hegawa. Its practice also covers general corporate tax, indirect and transactional tax. In addition, the team is supported by Mamoru Toba. He previously worked at the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau as a director-general and maintains a good relationship with the tax authorities, regularly obtaining their views on tax issues.
In 2018, it helped Autoliv on a transactional issue related to its Japanese business from a Japanese legal and tax point of view. Yushi Hegawa assisted a client with a tax controversy matter regarding dividends received from consolidated subsidiary.
Senior counsel Yuko Miyazaki left the firm in 2018.
Nishimura & Asahi has a strong practice in the tax litigation area. Key practitioners include Yo Ota, Kazuhiro Takei, Yasutaka Nishikori, Akihiro Hironaka and Tsuyoshi Ito. Its practice covers tax assessments at the National Tax Tribunal. In addition, it also has development and implementation tax solutions and strategies for various services such as M&A transactions, group structuring and financing arrangements.
The team assisted Shionogi & Co with a tax dispute issue at the Tokyo District Court related to an in-kind contribution of a partnership interest. In addition, it also advised a Japanese firm on a transactional tax matter in relation to financing agreements, post-merger integration transactions and registration taxes.
Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office offers services including indirect tax, M&A and high-net-worth individual planning. It has strengths in various sectors such as banks, security firms and investment funds. It established new offices in Colombo and Sri Lanka.
The firm provided tax advisory services to a TSE-listed company and its subsidiary to achieve larger after-tax cash flows. It also helped a client involving cross-border corporate reorganisation.
Takanori Yamanoi, who specialises in high-net-worth individuals planning, recently joined the firm. Kazuhiro Ashizuka, who focuses on international taxation, joined the firm as a manager. It also hired Tomoko Kubosawa as a manager that provides tax controversy and risk management services. Manager Wataru Misonou left the firm in 2018.
Eric Roose is the head of tax department at Withers Japan Zeirishi Houjin. He focuses on international tax planning and international corporate tax. Other key professionals include Takeo Mizutani, Chizuko Tomita and Shingo lizuka. Shingo advises high-net-worth individuals, Chizuko specialises in M&A, corporate tax restructuring and audits, and Takeo advises clients relating to their operations in Japan, foreign tax credits, withholding tax and tax audits. The team has a strong expertise in cross-border transaction practice as it has a team based in various jurisdictions such as Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.
The firm recently helped a client on a transactional tax matter involving the development of a large mixed-use commercial and retail office complex in central Tokyo.
Kenichi Takashima joined the firm as a senior tax counsel in 2019.