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Atsumi & Sakai

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London, Tokyo

Yutaka Sakai

Work +81 (0)3 5501 1055
Atsumi & Sakai

Work Department

Securitization, Project Finance, Ship Finance, Aircraft Leasing, Syndicated Loans, Environmental Law.


Senior Partner.


Senior Partner at Atsumi & Sakai (November 2010 to current), Maritime Counselor (September 2012 to current), Part-time Representative Director at Anchor Ship Investment Co., Ltd. (February 2007 to current), Part-Time Director at New Frontier Capital Management Co., Ltd. (January 2007 to current), Partner at TMI Associates (January 2007-October 2010),  Partner at Asahi Koma Law Offices (October 2002-December 2006), Partner at Blakemore & Mitsuki (March 1991-September 2002), Tanaka & Takahashi Law Office (1985-1990)


Japanese and English.


Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, Japan Association of the Law of Trust Japan Syndication and Loan-Trading Association Securitization Forum of Japan, Subcommittee for a New Framework for Securitization Securitization Forum of Japan, Working Group for the Discussion of Financial Laws


Keio University (LL.B., 1980) The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1985) Queen Mary College, University of London (LL.M., 1990).


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Japan: Banking and finance

Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yutaka Sakai - Atsumi & Sakai

Within: Independent local firms

At Atsumi & Sakai, the ‘excellent’ group acts for major banks and securities companies, listed corporates, ECAs and technology businesses at a domestic and international level. Hiroo Atsumi heads up the practice, Yutaka Sakai is the key name for project finance matters, Hiroyuki Nezu regularly handles asset-based lending issues, Keita Imaizumi acts on cross-border financings, and Michiaki Hosoi advises on energy projects. The firm also fields a fintech team, which is led by Yuri Suzuki and includes Takafumi Ochiai.

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Japan: Projects and energy

Independent local firms

Within: Independent local firms

With substantial project finance expertise, Atsumi & Sakai’s team is jointly led by ‘incredibly helpful’ PFI expert Miho Niunoya, energy specialist Takeshi Takahashi and Yuko Nihonmatsu, who regularly handles infrastructure projects. In a recent matter, Niunoya and Shuji Koyama acted for Mitsubishi Research Institute and Yokohama City on a PFI project to build a convention centre and hotel in the city. Further mandates saw solar expert Yutaka Sakai advising Photovolt Development Partners on the development of a photovoltaic power plant in Ukujima, and Niunoya and Nihonmatsu assisting the Japan Research Institute and Maebashi City with a PPP project to build entertainment and sightseeing facilities.

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Japan: Shipping

Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals: bengoshi

Yutaka Sakai - Atsumi & Sakai

Within: Independent local firms

Atsumi & Sakai is strong in ship finance transactions and mainly acts for financial institutions. The client base also includes shipowners and trading companies. Yutaka Sakai is a key contact.

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