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Structured finance/securitisation: Independent local firms
- Hiroo Atsumi - Atsumi & Sakai
- Naoaki Eguchi - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
- Norifusa Hashimoto - White & Case LLP- White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)
- Satoshi Inoue - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
- Tatsu Katayama - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
- Toshihiro Maeda - Nishimura & Asahi
- Naohiro Nishimura - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
- Masaru Ono - Nishimura & Asahi
- Masanori Sato - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
- Hiroaki Takahashi - Davis & Takahashi
- Ken Takahashi - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Akihiro Wani -
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune’s ‘derivatives and structured finance team is certainly regarded as one of the strongest, particularly given the quality of its core partners and the breadth of their experience’. It acted as borrower’s counsel on the ¥200bn refinancing transaction for a CMBS backed by Shinagawa Grand Central Tower in central Tokyo. The ‘bright and responsive’ Tatsu Katayama is ‘absolutely one of the best Japanese lawyers in this area’, and is rated for his ‘deep knowledge of both law and business issues’. Minoru Kobayashi and ‘star lawyer’ Isao Shindo are also recommended.
Atsumi & Sakai has a wealth of experience in structured finance and securitisation. The firm advised on the restructuring of a ¥200bn trust finance structure, and on the securitisation of finance lease receivables and instalment purchase receivables originated by a leasing company. Bonnie Dixon is ‘responsive and manages complex transactions extremely well’. Other notable practitioners include name partner Hiroo Atsumi, Yutaka Sakai, Yuri Suzuki and Reiko Yoshida. Hiroaki Takahashi joined Canadian firm Davis & Takahashi in 2011.
The ‘attentive and flexible’ team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto ‘knows how to keep clients happy’. The firm advised Softbank on the refinancing via a whole business securitisation structure of acquisition financing funds procured by Softbank Mobile to buy Vodafone KK. Masanori Sato, Toshifumi Ueda, Takahiro Kobayashi and Eriko Ozawa are recommended.
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu represented Goldman Sachs Japan on Ibaraki Prefecture’s ¥10bn Eco Frontier Revenue Trust revenue bonds issuance, and also advised on an innovative structured financing transaction involving hospitals. Real estate finance specialists Naohiro Nishimura and Mami Ikebukuro are recommended, as is Satoshi Inoue, who is known for structuring new finance products using trusts. Ichiro Oya and Motohiro Yanagawa are also highly experienced.
Nishimura & Asahi acted for a key party on a structured loan granted to Invincible Investment Corporation. The firm also advised a major Japanese leasing company as arranger of a syndicated shipping facility provided by Japanese finance institutions to a Singaporean shipping company. Masaru Ono, Toshihiro Maeda and Hiroshi Niinomi are highly recommended.
City-Yuwa Partners has experience advising on commercial and residential mortgage loans, auto loan receivables and lease receivables. The firm can also advise on structured finance packages in relation to J-REITs, real estate non-recourse finance, project and export finance. Shoji Ushijima has specialist knowledge of syndicated loans. Izuru Goto and Junko Hirakawa are also experienced in this area.
TMI Associates’ Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi advises on securitisation, project finance, eurobond issuances, lending and other banking transactions. Haruo Narimoto is also recommended.