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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

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Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Nagoya, Osaka and 3 more

Takashi Akahane

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune


Finance, PFI/PPP, Energy and Natural Resources, International Practice


Admitted in Japan(1989), New York(1995)


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English


Daini Tokyo Bar Association (Japan)


University of Tokyo (LLB, 1987); Georgetown University (LLM, 1994)

Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Independent local firms

Within: Banking and finance – Independent local firms

The finance and banking advice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune covers conventional lending and financing transactions as well as structured finance and regulatory issues. Takashi Akahane recently acted for Ernst & Young as advisor to the Kobe City government on the privatisation through concession of Kobe Airport which involves significant project financing issues. Meanwhile, Satoshi Inoue represented the lead arrangers in the drafting of all financing and security documents pertaining to the development and maintenance of a high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cable. In the renewable power space, Hiroaki Takahashi acted as lenders' counsel with regards to the development of a large-scale wind power project; he also teamed up with senior foreign counsel Bryan Dunn to oversee the development of several high-end residential buildings. Other key names include Hirohito Akagami, Raku Raku, associate Koji Kawamura and special counsel Takehiro Shibuya.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune's enviable client roster includes Japanese and domestic clients such as private equity funds, multinationals and financial institutions. In two recent standout matters, Ko Wakabayashi led the advice to KM Holdings on its acquisition of common shares in Kuroda Electrics with the intention of acquiring the target as a wholly-owned subsidiary; Takashi Akahane is acting in the privatisation of Kobe Airport through the sale of an operating concession on behalf of Ernst & Young and the government of Kobe City. Elsewhere, Michi Yamagami represented Solekia with regards to the unsolicited takeover bid by Mr Vegi Sasaki and the ensuing 'white knight' bid by Fujitsu, and Hiroki Kodate has been advising Sumitomo Forestry on its capital and business alliance with Kumagai Gumi involving cross shareholder agreements. Other key names include Keiko Kaneko, Keita Tokura and foreign counsel James Minamoto.

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Independent local firms

Within: Projects and energy – Independent local firms

The government of Kobe City recently engaged Anderson Mori & Tomotsune's Takashi Akahane and Reiji Takahashi to advise on the concession bid by a consortium (including VINCI and ORIX) in the privatisation of Kobe Airport; Akahane also represented the Ministry of Justice in its sale of concession rights for the operation of former Nara prison to a consortium led by Solare Hotels and Resorts. In other highlights, Satoshi Inoue and Ko Hanamizu assisted the arrangers with their syndicated loan transaction for a submarine optical cable connecting Hong Kong and Guam, and Daisuke Yamaguchi oversaw Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development's investment in an urban development project in Jakarta. On the renewable power side, Norifumi Takeuchi acted for Shinsei Bank in the project financing of mega solar power projects.

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  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

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  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
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    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).