Appropriate labor management is a matter that inevitably arises in corporate activities.
We make various proposals for smoothly performing recommendations for retirement, dismissal, suspension of employment, demotion, personnel relocation, pay reduction as well as effective and reliable methods in taking disciplinary action. In addition, we address labor matters, ranging from collective bargaining with labor unions, negotiations with Labor Standards Supervision Offices, various procedures for labor committees to labor trials and courtroom litigation, such as labor tribunal decisions, provisional disposition for conservation of a position and litigation in defense of invalid dismissal, to facilitate personnel management and reduce the burden on companies.
Litigation often takes more than a year until a judgment is rendered. So, in an urgent case, it is important to make every effort to realize the intended purpose through civil preservation procedures, such as provisional disposition and provisional seizure, prior to litigation. We offer a proven record of results in handling a wide variety of provisional dispositions, including provisional dispositions related to prohibitions against street propaganda, provisional payment of funds to seek payment of frozen deposits by banks, decisive actions to seek prompt surrender of real estate, suspension of exercise of directors’ functions and prohibitions against the exercise of voting rights by shareholders, and therefore, we put our “best foot forward” in offering to settle complicated and difficult disputes promptly.
As awareness of compliance increases, corporate scandals such as breach of laws and regulations, harassment, leaks of personal information, and involvement of anti-social forces, have been harshly criticized by society, and any of these circumstances may have a decisive impact on a company’s survival. Therefore, companies need to prepare for preliminary preventive measures and subsequent measures to prevent recurrence before potential scandals occur.
We are prepared to take thoroughgoing measures to protect corporate value through which we offer various compliance training courses for employees and officers, take charge of a company’s whistle-blowing desk, set up an investigation committee and independent committee requiring research at the time of an outbreak of a scandal, and prepare written legal opinions.
Amendments to the legal system, such as amendments to the Company Act and the Securities Exchange Act, have intensified corporate restructuring, including company splits, mergers and transfers of business, and the need for company takeover defenses against hostile M&A has also heightened.
We provide appropriate advice and guidance on various procedures necessary for organization restructuring and company defense strategies, including studies and proposals on schemes, due diligence, preparation of agreements, negotiations on agreements, research on various laws and regulations, and on potential legal matters, and provide support for corporate restructuring lawfully and smoothly.
We offer longtime and abundant experience and knowhow concerning the settlement of disputes related to unfair competition prevention and intellectual property rights, including patents, utility models, trademarks and copyrights. We take pride in our commitment of continually developing an international mindset, dispatching our lawyers to annual general meetings of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
In addition, in collaboration with Kohno & Co., we are proactively involved in various application procedures, preparation of agreements and trials at the Patent Office to realize and protect rights in the most appropriate legal framework. In the case of infringement of rights, we take advantage of legal proceedings including provisional dispositions and claims for damages in district courts or the Intellectual Property High Court to ensure corporate profits.
In the area of entertainment business, such as television, movies, music, performing arts, publications and professional sports, most cases in the past did not involve agreements and problems were resolved in accordance with the practices and customs in each industry. In recent years, however, it has become essential to study and plan out a scheme and prepare and negotiate an agreement under the assumption of every potential legal risk with the development of information and communication technology, expansion of business scale, complication of rights relationship and enhancement of awareness of the party’s rights.
On-screen talents and artists are exposed to mass media on a daily basis, and if their honor and privacy are unjustly violated, their rights must be protected. We have provided legal advice to leading companies related to the entertainment business, including legal advice concerning talent management, professional sports bodies and athletes, and have achieved significant results in handling litigation against defamation and invasion of privacy of actors and on-screen talents.
Concerning real estate transactions, such as sale, purchase and rent, we provide legal services including negotiations on the surrender and raising and lowering of rents and preparation of an agreement according to each case. We also offer advice on matters related to the management of condominiums, including delinquencies in payment of service charges and rebuilding, and management and disposal of real estate in common. In real estate transactions, we also address problems related to the tax code based on the opinions of experts such as tax accountants.
We also have settled many difficult matters concerning construction-related disputes, for both owners and contractors, ranging from defective designs and houses, insulation and noise problems, architectural impediments due to objects buried underground, right to pass surrounding land to claim for contract price and supervisory charges for design.
We settle disputes by means of negotiation and legal proceedings including provisional disposition, mediation and litigation, as the case may be.
We enter into consulting agreements with many types of corporations across construction, real estate, manufacturing, retail, electric appliances, publications, funeral services, infrastructure, apparel, entertainment, hotel and temporary staffing, and ensure detailed preparedness to provide various legal services promptly and appropriately, including daily legal consultations, preparation and confirmation of legal documents such as agreements and rules, measures for and attendance of general meetings of shareholders, research on laws and regulations, preparation of legal opinions, training of officers and employees, collection of debts and handling of malicious complaints.