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At Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, noteworthy names include Harume Nakano, an asset management and REIT expert; Tatsu Katayama, who is recommended for international mandates; and Hironori Shibata, a ‘calm and friendly practitioner, who knows exactly when to fight his corner’ and ‘a great advocate who always gives the clearest and most practical advice’. The team acts on outbound and inbound transactions with notable expertise in samurai bonds, J-REITs, structured finance issues and convertible bonds. In a recent highlight, the group advised NTT Finance on a $750m note issuance under a Euro medium-term note program. Shibata also led advice to JPMorgan Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities and Nomura as underwriters on Kyushu Railway Company’s global IPO, and acted for Japan Hotel REIT Investment on a global offering of investment units totalling ¥35bn.

As ‘one of the best firms in the Japanese market’, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for underwriters and issuers in a range of capital markets matters including IPOs, euro-convertible bond offerings, J-REIT formations and debt offerings, as well as handling compliance and regulatory advice. Recent work includes assisting SoftBank with monetising the outstanding shares of Alibaba, advising Kyushu Railway Company on the regulatory issues surrounding its IPO, and acting for Macromill on its global IPO. Hitachi, Mitsubishi and MUFG are also clients. Toru Ishiguro, Satoshi Nakamura, Katsumasa Suzuki and Taro Omoto are key names to note.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s ‘incredibly reliable’ department ‘handles transactions with poise and precision’, and adopts a ‘highly commercial and practical approach’. Fumihide Sugimoto heads the practice, which includes the highly regarded Hidetaka Mihara and Shinichi Araki. Motohiro Yanagawa is the key name for structured finance deals and recently acted for Mizuho Securities and Mizuho Securities USA as arrangers in a cross-border asset-backed security transaction backed by auto loan receivables. Further mandates include advising on Honma Golf’s IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and assisting SMFG as issuer with a senior bond issuance.

Kohei Koikawa is a key name in Nishimura & Asahi’s team; his recent work includes advising Nipro on its first issuance of euro yen convertible bonds, acting for Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities as manager of Société Générale’s samurai bond offerings, and assisting Central Nippon Expressway Company with its euro dollar bond issuance. The team also assisted Mori Trust Hotel REIT with its IPO, and advised Comforia Residential REIT on its follow-on equity offering. Hiroshi Niinomi, Toshihiro Takeshita and Yoshihiko Kawakami are other names to note.

Atsumi & Sakai is highly regarded for its strength in securitisation, and regularly acts for arrangers, investors and trust banks in a range of structured finance transactions. Managing partner Hiroo Atsumi, Toyoki Emoto and Yuri Suzuki are core members of the team. Other names to note include London-based Ryuichi Nozaki, who regularly acts for Japanese financial institutions; securitisation specialist Fumiko Oikawa; Reiko Yoshida, who handles ship financings; and Yasuhiro Shimada, who is recommended for real estate finance mandates.

Norifusa Hashimoto at Kaynex Law Offices has expertise across debt and equity capital markets with notable strength in samurai bonds, private placements, repackagings, structured finance, asset securitisations and corporate finance issues. Aya Kurahashi and Eiichi Nagai are also recommended; Kurahashi is noted for her securitisation experience including advising on real estate and trade receivables, and Nagai is ‘a brilliant team player’. Kota Kikuchi receives praise for his experience in the energy sector.

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi heads the department at TMI Associates, which was bolstered in 2017 by the recruitment of Hiroyoshi Kuromaru from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise). Kuromaru is particularly noted for his samurai bond and uridashi scheme experience; he recently advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group on its samurai bonds offering, and acted for Daiwa Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, Nomura and SMBC Nikko Securities as joint lead managers on National Australia Banks’ samurai bond issuance. Hidenori Nakagawa and newly promoted partner Shintaro Mogi are also recommended. Katsumi Shirai joined Jones Day.

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