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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune handles the cross-border aspects of inbound and outbound equity and debt capital market transactions, primary offerings of 'samurai bonds' by foreign issuers, and J-REIT matters. In recent highlights, Hironori Shibata acted for a Japanese issuer and selling shareholder on the global IPO of LIXIL VIVA, while Minoru Kobayashi advised The Shizuoka Bank on the overseas issuance of $300m floating rate convertible bonds due in 2023. EZAKI GLICO appointed a team led by Kazuhiro Yoshii to oversee its issuance of JPY30bn zero coupon convertible bonds due in 2024, and Ryu Umezu was appointed Japanese counsel by Okura on its public offering and listing of shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune - Japanese translation: アンダーソン・毛利・友常法律事務所 ・ 安德森·毛利·アンダーソン・毛利・友常法律事務所 ・ 安德森·毛利·友常律师事务所 よび債券による資金調達、外国人発行者によるサムライ債の第一次募集、J-REIT関連取引など、様々なクロスボーダー案件に対応しています。 近年のハイライトは、柴田弘典氏がLIXIL VIVA社のグローバルIPOに関し、国内発行者および売却株主の代理を務めたことや、小林穣氏が静岡銀行に2023年満期の転換社債型新株予約権付社債3億ドルの海外での発行について助言を提供したことが挙げられます。 また、吉井一浩氏率いるチームは2024年満期のゼロクーポン転換社債300億円の海外での発行の案件で、江崎グリコ社から指名を受けました。梅津立氏は、香港証券取引所での株式公開および株式上場に関して、オークラ・ホールディングスの日本人顧問弁護士に指名されました。

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto recently bolstered its capital markets offering with the promotion to partner of Yusuke Suehiro and Yusuke Murakami and the promotion to of counsel of Katsuyuki Tainaka . In recent highlights, Yasuhiko Fujitsu led the advice to CyberAgent on its first equity offering since its IPO in 2000 and acted for Goldman Sachs, the placing agent in Toshiba's issuance of new shares by way of third-party allotment to 60 institutional investors outside Japan. Taro Omoto acted as Japanese counsel for SoftBank, the issuer of USD and Euro-denominated senior notes on the Singapore Stock Exchange to refinance bank loans, and Katsumasa Suzuki oversaw Techpoint's listing and public offering using the Japan Depository Receipt structure. Other key names include Toru Ishiguro , Hiroki Aoyama and Masanori Sato.

Noted for its 'very quick response times, broad business acumen and strength in depth', Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu's capital markets team advise on global offerings by Japanese issuers of equity and debt securities, global and domestic IPOs and J-REIT transactions. The 'vast experience and deep knowledge' of Motohiro Yanagawa make him a standout lawyer, according to clients; he recently acted for Mizuho Securities in its arrangement of an ABS transaction issued in the US market backed by a pool of auto loan receivables originated by Japanese corporation Orient. Further highlights include Miyuki Ishiguro's advice to Toshiba on the issuance of new shares by way of third-party allotment to international investors, Shinichi Araki's work on the Katitas global IPO by Advantage Partners, and Masaki Konishi's oversight of the issuance of so-called 'panda bonds' by Mizuho Bank. The practice is led by Fumihide Sugimoto and was recently strengthened by the promotion to partner of Sosuke Kimura and Motoki Saito .

At Nishimura & Asahi , Takuya Matsuo acted for Raysum in its acquisition of 14.8% of its own outstanding shares through a tender offer, and Yuki Oi , Kazuyoshi Furumi and Yusuke Motoyanagi advised Japan Display on its capital raising through the issuing of new shares and sale of one of its factories. In other highlights, the team handled Toshiba's $5.3bn share issuance through third-party allotment, and intervened in a number of J-REIT matters. Kohei Koikawa , Kazuhiro Takei , Toshihiro Takeshita and James Emerson are also key contacts.

Atsumi & Sakai's capital markets team welcomed Akimoto Kawamura who joins as a partner from Citigroup. In recent highlights, a major bank appointed financial law expert Takumi Fukuda to represent it as trustee in a guarantee of debt transaction using an ABL structure, and Hiroyuki Sanbe handled the regulatory aspects of the registration of foreign traders as High Frequency Traders. In other matters of note, Teruhisa Toyama advised a technology company in a minority squeeze-out through a reverse stock split as part of its restructuring, and Ryuichi Nozaki teamed up with the firm's London office to counsel a major international bank as facility agent, intercreditor agent and security trustee on high-value debt and hedging facilities to a UK PFI/PPP portfolio project in connection with a Japanese bank's accession to the funds. Another key name to note is that of managing partner Hiroo Atsumi.

Led by Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi, the finance division at TMI Associates has been strengthened after Junji Shiraki, Mizuki Koshimoto and Takatsugu Kitajima were all promoted to partner. Hiroyoshi Kuromaru recently acted for SMBC and Mizuho in their issuance and public offering of 'samurai' bonds. Prospect appointed a team led by Hitoshi Sumiya – who joined from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) in 2017 – to assist with the all-share offer for a closed-ended investment company incorporated in Guernsey, the shares of which are listed on the LSE. Also notable are Masaya Hirano, who advised on the issuance of moving strike warrants by way of a third-party allotment to SMBC Nikko to finance product development costs, and Hidenori Nakagawa, who counselled Monex Finance on its issuance of a guaranteed Euro medium-term programme.

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