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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Bangkok, Beijing, Fukuoka, Ho Chi Minh City, Osaka, Shanghai and 3 more

Takahiro Kobayashi

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Energy and Project; Project Finance; Structured Finance; Securitization; Banking.


Admitted to practice in1998 (Japan) and in 2003 (New York).


Japanese / English.


Tokyo Bar Association; New York State Bar Association.


The University of Tokyo (LL.B.,1995); New York University School of Law (LL.M.,2002).

Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Takahiro Kobayashi (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Within: Banking and finance – Independent local firms

The banking and finance team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for lenders in syndicated loans, project financing, real estate financing, regulatory matters and intervenes in LBO financing transactions. Naoya Shiota represented KKR in the financing of its acquisition of Calsonic Kansei's outstanding shares through a tender offer and the subsequent squeeze-out procedure; Takahiro Kobayashi and Akira Marumo teamed up to assist SoftBank with a refinance deal to structure a large-scale syndicated loan to refinance several past acquisitions, including those of Sprint and ARM Holdings. Also notable are recently promoted partner Yusuke Suehiro, who was part of the team advising DBJ and other lead arrangers in the project financing of an LNG power plant, and Hiroki Aoyama, who counselled SMBC with regards to its DIP finance to Takata following the latter's filing of civil rehabilitation to restructure its debt.

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Takahiro Kobayashi (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Within: Projects and energy – Independent local firms

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has a strong track record in the energy space where its attorneys act for lenders, sponsors, corporates, investment funds and other stakeholders in project financing and PFI/PPP matters. Joint venture company JERA instructed a team led by Takahiro Kobayashi to oversee the construction and financing of a new coal-fired power station adjacent to Tokyo Electric's Hitachinaka plant, and Naoki Ishikawa represented Thai Solar Energy in its acquisition of a 155MW photovoltaic power project in Japan from a European developer. On the infrastructure side, Hiroki Aoyama assisted Mitsubishi (the representative of a bidding consortium) in the operation and management of Takamatsu Airport; part of the government's privatisation programme. Yusuke Suehiro and Yusuke Murakami were recently made partner and played a key role in project development mandates in the renewable power space such as biomass and offshore wind plants. Other key names include Masanori Sato and Shigeki Okatani.

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – Independent local firms

Within: Real estate and construction – Independent local firms

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's real estate and construction offering is especially strong in the investment and financing space where it advises a varied client roster on structured finance, compliance and fund mandates. At the head of the team's structured finance sub-team sits Masanori Sato, while Takahiro Kobayashi and Shigeki Okatani jointly lead the infrastructure group. Other key names include practice co-head Eriko Ozawa, transactional expert Naoki Ishikawa and Yasuhiko Fujitsu, who has considerable experience in the J-REIT space.

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