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  1. Real estate: international firms and joint ventures
  2. Leading individuals: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)
  3. Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)
  4. Next generation lawyers: bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures)
  5. Next generation lawyers: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) leverages its global network in multi-jurisdictional transactions and financings, including TMK non-recourse loans and REITs. Practice head Seishi Ikeda ‘has a lot of experience with foreign investors’. He advised Greenland Holding Group on acquiring the Chiba Port Square using a TK-GK structure, with Laox its joint venture partner. Alexander Jampel jointly leads the practice and is involved in residential, commercial, retail and hospitality projects. LoneStar Group, Prospect and Tokyu Group are key clients.

Keisuke Mochizuki and Theodore Seltzer’s practice at Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi acts in all phases of investments, from fund formation to the public offering of real estate vehicles. Joshua Isenberg, an expert in cross-border transactions and developments, joined from Paul Hastings LLP. Masahiro Shiga is revered for REITs, private equity, distressed acquisitions and financing. Junichi Kurokoshi and Isenberg assisted Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation with refinancing mortgage and mezzanine loans to a US entity that were secured by a portfolio of hotels and resorts. Narutake Takasu is integral to the practice, which also has Aareal Bank, Atlas Partners, Savills Japan on its roster. Of counsel Andrew Morrison has relocated to the Washington DC office.

White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) handled a unique transaction for PAG in which its acquisition of a portfolio of multi-family residential properties was structured as a share transfer. Other clients include Halifax Asset Management and Japan Real Estate Investment Corporation. Gerald Fujii undertakes acquisition and finance work, with an emphasis on investment funds. Also recommended are practice head Tetsuya Morimoto, Mizuho Yamada and newly promoted counsel Chiho Saito.

Clifford Chance Law Office’s practice handles cross-border investment, divestment, financing and transaction restructuring. Managing partner Eiichi Kanda heads the practice with Leng-Fong Lai, and led advice to Niseko Village regarding development of townhouses, including construction and lease agreements. Lai advises sponsors and financiers on investments and funds, including risk participation structures and hybrid financing. Newly promoted partner Yusuke Abe is recommended.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP focuses on domestic institutional investors making investments abroad. Practice head Toshihiko Tsuchiya is heavily regarded for the securitisation and liquidation of real estate assets, and Yuko Ino excels in transactional work. Michael Haworth is now based in New York but continues to focus on Asian markets. Before relocating, he assisted Tokyu Land Corporation’s US subsidiary with its equity investment into a Park Avenue office development; Tsuchiya and Ino also worked on the matter. Managing associate Sakon Kuramoto joined from Uryu & Itoga.

At DLA Piper, managing partner Lance Miller is retained by multinational corporations, financial institutions and funds such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Gaw Capital Partners and Regus Japan. Recent mandates include advising on commercial and retail property acquisitions, office leases and litigation. Senior associate Mitsuharu Kataoka is an additional contact.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer often handles portfolio transactions on behalf of foreign investors and funds. Its work includes commercial leases, domestic infrastructure deals and outbound investments. Managing partner and practice head Edward Cole advised New Kansai International Airport on a concession agreement to privatise the airport. Senior counsel Tomoko Nakajima is ‘extremely knowledgeable’.

The team at Jones Day assisted Takenaka and The Asahi Shimbun negotiate an agreement with Hilton WorldWide regarding hotel operation. Recent work also includes ownership rights, redevelopments and the acquisition of retail property. CLSA Capital Partners and Cushman & Wakefield are clients. Hirokazu Ina is noted alongside department head Masatomo Suzuki, who became of counsel.

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