Ms. Shimada advises clients on various matters of competition law, including domestic and international cartels, bid-rigging, M&A transactions, investigations by the JFTC, leniency applications and general antitrust law compliance. She is especially active in cross-border transactions, such as international cartels. She has represented clients in connection with the investigation into an alleged cartel among forwarders regarding surcharges on air cargo, an international cartel in connection with marine hoses, an international cartel in connection with TFT- LCDs, an international cartel among airlines regarding rates and surcharges on cargo, an alleged international cartel in connection with bearings, and various merger control cases, including a vertical integration between semiconductor equipment manufacturers, the merger between Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal, and the opposition to BHP Billiton’s proposed takeover bid of Rio Tinto.
Ms. Shimada is also active in advising in international trade, government procurement, and export control. In addition, she advises on Unfair Competition Prevention Law, including trade secret related cases. She has been a member of the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures of the Industrial Structure Council at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since 2013.