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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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Motohiro Yanagawa

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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General Corporate; Finance; Banking; Securitization/Structured Finance/Trust; Acquisition Finance; Project Finance; Restructuring/Insolvency; Real Estate and J-REITs; Overseas Support Services; Asia


Admitted to bar: 1998, Japan; Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP (currently Sidley Austin LLP), New York (2002-2003); Development Bank of Japan (2005-2006); Partner of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu since 2008.


Japanese / English


Tokyo Bar Association (1998)


Waseda University (LL.B., 1996); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2002)

Japan: Capital markets

Capital markets – Independent local firms

Within: Capital markets – Independent local firms

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 .

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