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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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

Masanori Sato

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Structured Finance; Banking; PPP/PFI; Capital Markets.


Japanese / English.


Daini-Tokyo Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association.


The University of Tokyo (LL.B.); University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., 1993).

Japan: Capital markets

Capital markets – Independent local firms

Within: Capital markets – Independent local firms

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto recently bolstered its capital markets offering with the promotion to partner of Yusuke Suehiro and Yusuke Murakami and the promotion to of counsel of Katsuyuki Tainaka . In recent highlights, Yasuhiko Fujitsu led the advice to CyberAgent on its first equity offering since its IPO in 2000 and acted for Goldman Sachs, the placing agent in Toshiba's issuance of new shares by way of third-party allotment to 60 institutional investors outside Japan. Taro Omoto acted as Japanese counsel for SoftBank, the issuer of USD and Euro-denominated senior notes on the Singapore Stock Exchange to refinance bank loans, and Katsumasa Suzuki oversaw Techpoint's listing and public offering using the Japan Depository Receipt structure. Other key names include Toru Ishiguro , Hiroki Aoyama and Masanori Sato.

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Independent local firms

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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    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
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