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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s areas of expertise include project finance and PFI mandates, infrastructure projects, and energy and natural resources matters. Tomoaki Ikenaga and Takashi Akahane jointly head the practice, which also counts finance specialist Reiji Takahashi, Hiroaki Takahashi and renewables expert Norifumi Takeuchi as key practitioners. Recent work includes advising Bruc Capital and Macquarie Group on their $101m acquisition of multiple Japanese solar projects from IBC Solar Projects, acting for BTMU, SMBC and SMTB on a credit agreement relating to the financing of Pattern Energy Group’s wind project in Shikoku, and assisting Shinsei Bank as arranger and lender with a solar project financing.

At Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, renewables expert Naoki Ishikawa led advice to Banpu Power on its acquisition of three solar power project companies; and Masanori Sato, Taro Omoto and the ‘highly valuable’ Shigeki Okatani assisted Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund and Ichigo Green Infrastructure Investment Corporation with their formation and listings on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Okatani is also highly regarded for his PPP expertise, Takahiro Kobayashi specialises in energy project financings and transactions, and Takeshi Mukawa regularly handles matters in Singapore and Myanmar. Senior associates Yusuke Murakami and Yusuke Suehiro are also recommended.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s department, which is jointly led by Shunpei Tanaka and financing specialist Jiro Mikami, ‘stands head and shoulders above the rest for project finance and energy work’. Terukazu Katsuyama advised several Japanese banks on the financing for the construction of a thermal power plant in Eastern Japan, Kei Okubo assisted JERA, a key client for the firm, with its purchase of several power plants; and Kiyoshi Honda handled Banpu Power’s IPO on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Takao Higuchi is recommended for energy and infrastructure projects, Naoki Iguchi handles construction and infrastructure matters, and Rintaro Hirano is a project finance expert.

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ practice at Nishimura & Asahi included advising BCPG on its acquisition of all of the Japanese solar business and assets of SunEdison, acting for Tepco, Mitsubishi Power, MHI and Melco as project sponsors for the financing of an IGCC project in Fukushima; and handling the project financing of two gas-fired power plants for Kobe Steel. Noteworthy names in the team include Hiroshi Maeda, who leads the firm’s project finance group, Tomohiro Sato and of counsel Nagahide Sato, who focuses on PFI projects. Mark Tudor joined the team from an in-house position and leads the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.

With substantial project finance expertise, Atsumi & Sakai’s team is jointly led by ‘incredibly helpful’ PFI expert Miho Niunoya, energy specialist Takeshi Takahashi and Yuko Nihonmatsu, who regularly handles infrastructure projects. In a recent matter, Niunoya and Shuji Koyama acted for Mitsubishi Research Institute and Yokohama City on a PFI project to build a convention centre and hotel in the city. Further mandates saw solar expert Yutaka Sakai advising Photovolt Development Partners on the development of a photovoltaic power plant in Ukujima, and Niunoya and Nihonmatsu assisting the Japan Research Institute and Maebashi City with a PPP project to build entertainment and sightseeing facilities.

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi heads the department at TMI Associates, which also features Kiyomi Kikuchi, Takenobu Imaeda and renewables specialist Koji Fukatsu. Nissay Asset Management is a noteworthy client for the group; Kikuchi recently advised it as investment manager of a cross-border infrastructure investment project by the Government Pension Investment Fund. Kikiuchi led advice to DBJ Asset Management on a cross-border alternative investment project and acted for JOIN on an urban development project in Myanmar. In personnel developments, Hiroyoshi Kuromaru joined from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), Shintaro Mogi was promoted to the partnership and Katsumi Shirai departed to Jones Day.

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