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Key names at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune include Isao Shindo, who focuses on bank M&A, securities, asset management and insurance; Kunihiko Morishita, who advises on domestic and international banking matters and has regulatory experience; and Hiroaki Takahashi, who is recommended for structured finance work. The practice’s broad and varied client base includes international financial institutions, private equity funds, corporations and government agencies. Further highly regarded team members include Takashi Akahane, Tetsuya Itoh, Tatsu Katayama, Masaakira Kitazawa and Kazuaki Nagai.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto covers the banking sector comprehensively, providing notable strength in LBO finance, syndicated loans and real estate financings. The team acted for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) in its acquisition of a 20% stake in Security Bank, assisting with the Japanese regulatory elements. Masanori Sato leads the department, which includes syndicated loan specialist Hiroki Aoyama, Satoko Kuwabara, Toru Ishiguro, Eriko Ozawa (who focuses on real estate financings), and acquisition financing expert Naoya Shiota.

Fumihide Sugimoto leads Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s team, which acted for the lead arrangers, Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and the mezzanine lender, Private Finance Initiative Promotion Corporation of Japan, in the project financing of the privatisation of Kansai and Osaka international airports. Newly promoted partner Rintaro Hirano led on this matter. The high-profile client roster also includes Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Noteworthy names in the team are Mami Ikebukuro, Satoshi Inoue, Shinichi Matsui and Jiro Mikami.

Highlights for Nishimura & Asahi included Hiroshi Niinomi advising Oriental Land as issuer and Mizuho Securities as arranger on the issuance of stock acquisition rights and a subordinated term loan as an earthquake countermeasure, and Kohei Koikawa assisting Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha with a subordinated syndicate loan. Masaru Ono heads the department, which includes Masahiro Ueno, Shinichi Takahashi, Katsu Sengoku and Makoto Igarashi.

Atsumi & Sakai has substantial experience advising on syndicated loans, and a strong asset and energy project financing practice. The department recently established a fintech team led by Yuri Suzuki, which advises financial institutions and start-ups on issues at the intersection of finance and technology. Clients include Nihon Dosan Kantei, Kabushiki Kaisha Kinzai and Mitsubishi Research Institute, the last of which Hiroyuki Nezu advised on asset-based lending issues. Hiroo Atsumi and Michiaki Hosoi are also recommended.

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi is experienced in financings, securitisations and derivative transactions and leads the practice at TMI Associates. The team also includes the well-regarded Haruo Narimoto, who has notable experience in the real estate sector. Practice highlights included advising both lender and borrower on a loan to finance an investment into a cattle shipping vessel. Hidenori Nakagawa is recommended for private banking matters.

Clients of City-Yuwa Partners – which include domestic and international banks, securities firms, insurance companies and other financial institutions – seek out the firm for advice on securitisations, acquisition finance, regulatory issues, asset management and mezzanine finance at a national and international level. Noriyuki Katayama, Yasuyuki Kuribayashi, Yoshitada Ogiso and Eri Furukawa are names to note.

Regulatory expert Hirotada Inoshita leads Marunouchi International Law Office’s four-partner practice, which acts for commercial banks, broker-dealers, credit card companies and domestic insurance companies. Noriko Sakai is recommended for structured finance and acquisition finance issues; Taku Ishizu specialises in investment funds and asset management; and Hiroshi Hori focuses on financial regulations.

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