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22 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – SEPTEMBER 2017 LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM COVER STORY Japan has low birth rates and low levels of immigration, and it is expected that its population will continue to decline and age. In turn, this has created a shrinking domestic market, forcing Japanese companies to increasingly rely on overseas markets – both for direct sales and outbound investment – to maintain or grow their bottom line. In the first half-year of 2017, Japan's M&A activity amounted to $14.4 billion, which was its lowest year-to-date figure in a decade, accounting for a value drop of 53.5 percent compared to the same period last year, which stood at $30.9 billion. The decline was mainly caused by a 64 percent value decrease on the top five deals during the first six months of the year, totaling $6.2 billion, versus $17.1 billion from the first half of 2016. However, the deal count of 213 deals showed continued strength. Japan • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu • Nishimura & Asahi T I E R 1 Japan Domestic • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune • Atsumi & Sakai • TMI Associates T I E R 2 • City-Yuwa Partners • Hibiya-Nakata • Iwata Godo • Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners • Southgate • Ushijima & Partners N O TA B L E F I R M S Japan International • Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer • Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi • Shearman & Sterling • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom T I E R 1 • Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho • Ashurst • Clifford Chance Law Office • Herbert Smith Freehills • Linklaters • Ropes & Gray • Sullivan & Cromwell • White & Case – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) T I E R 2 • Davis Polk & Wardwell • Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo • Jones Day • Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise • Norton Rose Fulbright • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe • Paul Hastings • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison • Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho • Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise T I E R 3 • DLA Piper • K&L Gates • Linklaters • O'Melveny & Myers • Simmons & Simmons N O TA B L E F I R M S Malaysia • Rahmat Lim & Partners • Shearn Delamore & Co • Skrine • Wong & Partners • Zaid Ibrahim & Co. T I E R 1 • Adnan Sundra & Low • Christopher & Lee Ong • Kadir Andri & Partners • Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill • Shook Lin & Bok • Zul Rafique & Partners T I E R 2 • Abdullah Chan & Co. • Albar & Partners • Azmi & Associates • Chooi & Company • MahWengKwai & Associates • Raja, Darryl & Loh • Tay & Partners T I E R 3 • Cheang & Ariff • Donovan & Ho • Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong • Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh • Mohamed Ridza & Co • Naqiz & Partners • Peter Ling & van Geyzel • Putri Norlisa Chair • Wong Beh & Toh • Zain & Co. N O TA B L E F I R M S

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