Hibiya-Nakata is a new type of law firm founded by Nobuo Nakata in 2012 to respond to the new market trend and demands. Hibiya-Nakata is a small M&A boutique law firm with global network and international standard of practice and quality. Mr. Nakata had participated in the global management of the corporate practice of Allen & Overy as a board member of the Global Corporate Board, and had established and led the M&A practice in Tokyo Office. Making use of all these experiences, Mr. Nakata started Hibiya-Nakata in such unique setup.
Hibiya-Nakata specializes in advising Japanese companies on their Japanese out-bound M&A transactions and international companies on their Japanese in-bound M&A transactions with close cooperation with affiliated foreign local firms in plural global networks (such as that of Allen & Overy), which cover more than 100 countries worldwide (please refer to “Our Practice” section for more details). Our selected small number of Japanese Bengoshi team manages the overall transaction by effectively collaborating with excellent foreign local team fully in accordance with the client’s strategic plan and intention. As a result, the client could enjoy the most efficient and smooth execution of the transaction as if he were moving his own arms and legs.As a result, Hibiya-Nakata is highly recognized by Int’l media. Foundation of Hibiya-Nakata was featured in the legal Market Overview in Japan in Legal 500, 2013 Edition, and Hibiya-Nakata was selected as a recommended firm in Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms (Japan) by Legal 500 (Asia Pacific 2017’s guide to outstanding lawyers), highly recommended firm in Asialaw Profiles (2017, 2018 and 2019 Edition), recommended firm in Asialaw Profiles (2020), recommended firm in IFLR1000 (2017 and 2019 Edition), “M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan 2013”, “M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan 2014”, “Best for Japanese Outbound M&A 2015 “ and “ Best Boutique M&A Law Firm 2018 – Japan” by Acquisition Int’l, “Cross Border M&A Law Firm of the Year in Japan” four years in a row in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Corporate Int’l Magazine Global Award by Corporate Int’l, M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan as well as Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – Japan by Corporate LiveWire (Global Awards 2017), Mergers & Acquisitions – Law Firm of the Year – Japan by Finance Monthly Law Awards 2017, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year – Japan two years in a row by Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017 and 2018, Cross Border M&A Law Firm of the Year in Japan two years in a row by Global Law Experts (2017 and 2018), Joint Ventures Law Firm of the Year – Japan as well as Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Japan and International Transactions Law Firm of the Year – Japan by Global Law Experts (Global Awards 2019), Boutique M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan by Corporate Insider (2017 and 2019 Edition)、”leaders in their field” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, Best Boutique M&A Law Firm 2018 – Japan by AI Magazine’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards, Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Japan by ACQ5 Law Awards 2018, Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Japan by ACQ5 Global Awards 2019. Hibiya-Nakata was also ranked at the 8th place in the FY 2017 M&A Legal League Table Ranking (by deal count) by Bloomberg.