Hideto Ishida advises a variety of domestic and foreign multinational companies in Japanese antitrust and competition matters, including those relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution agreements, licence agreements and other cooperation agreements. He also represents many companies involved in investigations before the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and other foreign competition authorities for price cartels, bid rigging and similar serious alleged violations such as the international Vitamins, Graphite Electrodes, GIS, Marine Hose, Air Fares, LCD, Auto Parts, Maritime, LIBOR and FX cartels. He served for seven years as the first lawyer appointed as a special investigator with the JFTC, and thus has a keen sense of the practical application of antitrust and distribution regulations to companies doing business in Japan.