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Atsumi & Sakai

FUKOKU SEIMEI BUILDING, 2-2-2 UCHISAIWAICHO, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-0011, JAPAN
Tel:
Work +81 3 5501 2111
Fax:
Fax +81 3 5501 2211
Email:
Web:
www.aplaw.jp
London, Tokyo

Russell Kawahara

Tel:
Work +81-(0)3-5501-1054
Email:
Atsumi & Sakai

Work Department

Real Estate, Finance, Corporate.

Position

Partner (Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Construction, Joint Venture, Renewable Energy Projects, Cross-Border Transactions, General Corporate).

Career

Memel, Jacobs & Ellsworth (Century City, California) (1982 – 1987) Aoki, Christensen & Nomoto (Tokyo, Japan) (1987 – 1990) O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles, California) (1990 – 1992) Law Offices of Russell K. Kawahara (Los Angeles, California) (1992 – 2001) O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Tokyo, Japan) (2001 – 2004) Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Tokyo, Japan) (2005 – 2010).

Languages

English and Japanese.

Member

Urban Land Institute (ULI), Vice Chairman and Member of Executive Committee (2008-Present), Japan Stanford Alumni Association, Director (2010-Present), U.S.-Japan Council (Japan), Director (2012-Present), Stanford Outreach Volunteer Alumni Link (OVAL), Co-Chair, Japan Chapter (2015-present), U.S.-Japan Council, Chairman, Japan Region (2016-present), Hands On Tokyo, Council of Advisors (2017-present)

Education

University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1982) Stanford University (B.A., Economics and History, Graduated with Distinction, 1979).

Leisure

"Construction and projects in Japan," Construction and Projects Global Guide 2016/17, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters [Co-Author]


"Construction and projects in Japan," Construction and Projects Global Guide 2015/16, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters [Co-Author]

"Global Legal Insights - Corporate Real Estate", First Edition, Japan Chapter, Global Legal Group (2014) [Co-Author]

"Real Estate Investment in Japan", Rechtshandbuch Immobilien Investitionen, chapter on Japanese real estate investment, Verlag C.H.Beck (2009) [Co-Author]


Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Russell Kawahara (Gaiben) - Atsumi & Sakai

Within: Real estate and construction – Independent local firms

Atsumi & Sakai's client roster includes global investment banks, major real estate developers, J-REITs and asset managers. The group is particularly strong in structured finance and securitisation transactions but covers the full spectrum of real estate transactions and development mandates. Russell Kawahara – who jointly leads the team alongside Miho Niunoya – recently represented a private fund in the sale of six high-class office buildings in Japan, and acted for a foreign fund in its acquisition of a portfolio of Japanese logistics facilities. A team including Shuji Koyama assisted a private company as part of a consortium with the outsourcing of the entire operations of a sewage system as part of a new PPP model, which includes the construction and maintenance of new facilities. The group also collaborated with the projects and energy department's Miki Ono to oversee the localisation of a foreign standard form construction contract related to the construction of several projects in Japan. Also noteworthy is Eiichiro Hata who specialises in the banking and financing aspects of the practice.

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