About Our Firm

Global Network

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is one of the “Magic Circle” law firms in London. Since 1990’s, Allen & Overy has expanded its operation globally and grown to become a top law firm in the world, with offices in 40 cities in 31 countries. Allen & Overy has always led the innovation of legal practices by advising, for example, the world first financial transaction by creating the brad new concept of “Euro market” or the first hostile takeover transaction in the UK. Since Mr. Nakata used to be a partner of Allen & Overy, Hibiya-Nakata continues to have very close working relationships with many partners of Allen & Overy in various countries in the world. In addition to this, Allen & Overy’s global network of relationship law firms, of which Hibiya-Nakata is a member, covers over 100 countries in the world.

Other Networks

Since Mr. Nakata was a relationship partner in charge of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC) when he was a partner at Asahi, he has close personal relationship with many key lawyers at PRAC member firms in various countries, which Hibiya- Nakata is able to utilize depending on the clients’ needs. PRAC is a global network of the leading independent law firms with highest quality in each country. In addition, Hibiya-Nakata has various other associated law firms in the world developed by the past working experience and mutual trust fostered as a result of Mr. Nakata’s longtime legal practice in cross-border M&A.

Recognition by International Media

Firm Awards

Hibiya-Nakata is highly recognized by International media.

Acquisition International

  • “M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2013, 2014)
  • “Best for Japanese Outbound M&A” (2015)
  • “Best Boutique M&A Law Firm – Japan” (2018)

ACQ5

  • “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Japan” in Law Awards (2018)
  • “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Japan” in Global Awards (2019, 2020)
  • “Joint Ventures Law Firm of the Year – Japan” in Global Awards (2019, 2020)
  • “Cross-Border M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan” in Global Awards (2020)

AI Magazine – Global Excellence Awards

  • “Best Boutique M&A Law Firm – Japan” (2018)

Asialaw Profiles

  • “Highly Recommended Firm” (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • “Recommended Firm” (2020, 2021, 2022)

Asian Legal Business

  • “The Best Asian M&A Law Firms” (2019, 2020)

Chambers Asia Pacific

  • “Leaders in Their Field” (2018)

Corporate Insider

  • “Boutique M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2017, 2019)

Corporate INTL Magazine – Global Award

  • “Cross Border M&A Law Firm of the Year in Japan” (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • “Joint Ventures Law Firm of the Year in Japan” (2020, 2021)
  • “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year in Japan” (2020, 2021)

Corporate LiveWire – Global Award

  • “M&A Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2017)
  • “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2017)

Finance Monthly – Global Awards

  • “Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2017, 2018)

Finance Monthly – Law Awards

  • “Mergers & Acquisitions – Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2017)

Global Law Experts

  • “Cross Border M&A Law Firm of the Year in Japan” (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
  • “Joint Ventures Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • “International Transactions Law Firm of the Year – Japan” (2019)

IFLR1000

  • “Recommended Firm” (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • “Recommended Firm” in 30th Edition(2020)
  • “Recommended Firm” in 31st Edition(2021)

Leaders in Law

  • “Cross-Border M&A Firm of the Year in Japan” in Global Awards (2020)

The Lawyer Network

  • “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year in Japan” in Lawyer Network Annual Awards (2021)
  • “Cross-Border M&A Law Firm of the Year in Japan” in Lawyer Network Annual Awards (2021)

The Legal 500

  • The foundation of Hibiya-Nakata was featured in the “Legal Market Overview” of Japan (2013 edition)
  • “Recommended Firm” in Corporate and M&A – Independent Local Firms- Japan in Asia Pacific (2017, 2020, 2021)

Lawyers Awards

Nobuo Nakata

Acquisition International Leading Adviser Awards

  • “Leading Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year – Japan” (2019)
  • “Leading Corporate M&A Transactions Lawyer of the Year – Japan” (2019)

Asia Business Law Journal

  • “The A-List – Japan’s Top 100 Lawyers”(2020, 2021)

Asialaw Leading Lawyers

  • “Distinguished practitioner” (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Best Lawyers

  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” in Corporate and M&A Law (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 edition)
  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” in Corporate and M&A Law of Global Business Edition 2020

International Advisory Experts Awards

  • “Cross Border M&A Lawyer of the Year in Japan” (2017, 2018)

Corporate LiveWire Global Awards

  • “Cross-Border M&A Lawyer of the Year – Japan” (2018)

Finance Monthly Legal Awards

  • “Mergers and Acquisitions – Lawyer of the Year – Japan” (2019)

Finance Monthly M&A Awards

  • “Mergers and Acquisitions – Lawyer of the Year – Japan” (2017, 2018)

IFLR1000

  • “Leading Lawyer for Financial & Corporate Law” (2017)
  • “Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded” (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • “Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded” in 30th Edition(2020)

Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards

  • “M&A Lawyer of the Year – Japan” (2018, 2019)

Leaders in Law Global Awards

  • “Mergers & Acquisitions Law Expert of the Year in Japan” (2020)
  • “M&A Lawyer of the Year in Japan” (2020)

The Legal 500

  • “Leading Lawyer” of guide to outstanding lawyers in Asia Pacific (2017, 2020 editorial)
  • “Recommended Lawyer” of Corporate and M&A – Independent Local Firms – Japan in Asia Pacific (2017, 2020 editorial)
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500, having been recommended as a Leading Individual within Corporate and M&A for the last 13 years, in 2020 and 2021.

Other Awards

  • The winner of “Finance Monthly Global Awards 2019”
  • The winner of “International Advisory Experts Award 2019”
Kazutaka Mizuochi

Best Lawyers

  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” of Corporate and M&A Law (2021, 2022 edition)

The Legal 500

  • “Recommended Lawyer” of Corporate and M&A – Independent Local Firms in Asia Pacific (2020 editorial)
Tatsuya Soeda

Best Lawyers

  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” of Corporate and M&A Law (2021, 2022 edition)
  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” of International Business Transactions (2021, 2022 edition)

IFLR1000

  • “Leading Lawyer – Rising star partner” (2021)

The Legal 500

  • “Recommended Lawyer” of Corporate and M&A – Independent Local Firms in Asia Pacific (2020 editorial)
Shunsuke Inoue

Best Lawyers

  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” of Corporate and M&A Law (2021, 2022 edition)
  • “The Best Lawyers in Japan” of Antitrust/Competition Law (2021, 2022 edition)

Firm Profile

Firm Name Hibiya-Nakata
Office Fukoku Seimei Bldg. 22F,
2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011, Japan
Telephone +81-3-5532-3100
Facsimile +81-3-5532-3101
Established January 1, 2012
Representative Partner Nobuo Nakata
General Manager Misao Sato
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