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Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures
Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding

King & Spalding fields banking and finance experts, such as office managing partner John McClenahan, to act in a wide range of matters including non-recourse lending, credit facilities and project financing; the latter facet was recently strengthened by the recruitment of former Asian Development Bank head of PPP Ryuichi Kaga as senior adviser. The team has a strong record in the financing of conventional and renewable power projects across South East Asia for clients such as JBIC, Marubeni, Mitsui and Japan Wind Development.

Leading individuals

John McClenahan (Gaiben) - King & Spalding

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures
Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding

The corporate offering at King & Spalding handles heavyweight transactions in the infrastructure and energy sector for an enviable client roster which includes Mitsui, Mitsubishi, JBIC and Sojitz. Under the leadership of Mark Davies, the team acted for a major corporate group in its acquisition of a 50% stake in an offshore company. Davies also led the advice to a major banking entity with regards to its investment in a renewable power project company in South East Asia. Managing partner John McClenahan also played a leading role in a number of acquisitions in the conventional power sector, while Rupert Lewi oversaw the sale of a number of subsidiary companies participating in a gas aggregation project in South East Asia. The team has been strengthened of late by the arrival of senior associate Daisuke Shimodaira from EY Law Co. and associate Yung Wang from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures
Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding

The names to note in King & Spalding's disputes practice are team head Christopher Bailey and associate Oliver McEntee who provide a global outbound dispute capabilities for the firm's Japanese client roster. In recent highlights, a multinational automotive corporation appointed the group to handle a JCAA arbitration against its business partners arising from the non-renewal of a distribution agreement, and a billionaire investor engaged the team to represent them in an action for breach of fiduciary duties against the board of a leading international corporate group. Also notable are the various disputes arising from the procurement of power and infrastructure projects in South East Asia and the North Sea.

Leading individuals

Christopher Bailey (Gaiben) - King & Spalding

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding

The projects team at King & Spalding represents a client roster filled with heavyweight names, such as Mitsui, Marubeni, Mitsubishi and JBIC, in conventional and renewable power mandates. Recently joined by senior advisor Ryuichi Kaga from the Asian Development Bank, the group is overseeing the development and project financing of an FPSO vessel in offshore Brazil and the charter of the vessel to Petrobras under a long-term contract. John McClenahan and senior associate Daisuke Shimodaira – who arrived from EY Law Co. – led the advice to Posco-Daewoo on the negotiation of FEED and construction contracts for the procurement of a sub-sea expansion project for the Shwe Gas project in Myanmar. Elsewhere in the team, Mark Davies assisted the Tokyu Land Corporation and Japan Wind Development with the development of several wind power projects.

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Japan: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures
Real estate and construction – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding

The real estate and construction group at King & Spalding is especially strong in the power sector. The Tokyo office is spearheaded by John McClenahan and regularly acts for financial institutions, contractors, developers, trading houses and foreign corporates in outbound financing and transactional mandates. Mark Davies is leading the advice to Tokyu Land Corporation and Japan Wind Development on the development of a 34MW and 40.8MW wind power projects, while Rupert Lewi is assisting Sojitz on a proposed FSU project in Sri Lanka. For dispute resolution work, clients can rely on Christopher Bailey, who acts in contractual claims, international arbitration and investor protection cases; he recently intervened in a high-value dispute in front of the English Commercial Court for a consortium partner against a contractor relating to the performance of drilling work in an offshore project.

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Legal Developments in Japan

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure

    The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be “…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”
  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    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).