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Japan: Banking and finance

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

King & Spalding

King & Spalding’s practice is highly regarded for its expertise in non-recourse lending, credit facilities and project financing. John McClenahan is a key name to note; his recent mandates include advising JBIC on the $2.5bn financing of the construction of the Vung Ang II coal-fired IPP in Vietnam, and acting for Modec, Mitsui & Co, Marubeni and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) as sponsors on the financing of the Carioca FPSO vessel. Mark Davies is also recommended and recently advised Japan Wind Development on the development of two separate wind power projects.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

John McClenahan - King & Spalding

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

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

King & Spalding

Following its establishment in 2015, King & Spalding’s Japan practice ‘has well and truly solidified its presence in the market’ thanks to ‘an excellent team of pragmatic, professional and reliable individuals’. Mark Davies leads the department, and ‘has a friendly and responsive manner’; his recent work includes advising MOL on its acquisition of a minority stake in Seajacks. John McClenahan is also highly regarded and led advice with Davies to the sponsors (including Modec, Mitsui & Co and Marubeni) of the Carioca FPSO Project, Tartaruga FPSO Project and the TEN FPSO Project. Rupert Lewi is also recommended.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

International firms and joint ventures
Dispute resolution: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding

At King & Spalding, Christopher Bailey has ‘outstanding presentation skills and communication capabilities’, which make him ‘a highly commercial practitioner’, who clients ‘definitely want fighting their corner’. The practice remains focused on outbound contentious work for Japanese clients, particularly those in the energy, infrastructure, construction, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Associate and barrister Oliver McEntee joined the practice in 2017 and specialises in real estate, fraud and construction disputes.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Christopher Bailey - King & Spalding

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Japan: Projects and energy

International firms and joint ventures
Projects and energy: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding

Under the leadership of the ‘outstanding’ John McClenahan, King & Spaldingcontinues to raise its profile in the market’ with substantial expertise in cross-border development transactions in the energy field, project financing and LNG-related mandates. McClenahan’s recent work includes advising JBIC on the construction financing related to a coal-fired IPP in Vietnam, and acting for Modec, Mitsui & Co, Marubeni and MOL on the development and financing of the Tartaruga FPSO vessel. Clients single out the ‘invaluable’ Mark Davies, who recently assisted Japan Wind Development with the development and financing of several wind power projects; and ‘client-focused’ LNG specialist Rupert Lewi, who assisted Kogas with its involvement in the LNG Canada project.

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Japan: Real estate and construction

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

King & Spalding

At King & Spalding, Rupert Lewi and John McClenahan are the key names to note for construction transactions, while Christopher Bailey handles the firm’s contentious work. The group remains strong in the energy sector following its move from Ashurst in 2015; recent highlights include advising Kogas on its involvement in the LNG Canada project, assisting Modec, Mitsui & Co, Marubeni and MOL with the construction of the Tartaruga FPSO vessel; and acting for Marubeni on its involvement in a Papua New Guinean condensate and LNG project.

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Legal Developments in Japan

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  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

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    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
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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).