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Japan: Banking and finance

International firms and joint ventures
Banking and finance: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

Newly established King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho counts several Japanese banks as clients, including JBIC, Mitsubishi Trust and Banking, and Modec. The two-partner department comprises John McClenahan and Mark Davies, who joined from Ashurst in 2015. Project finance is a key strength for the firm.

Leading individuals: foreign lawyers (gaiben)

John McClenahan - King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

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Japan: Construction

International firms and joint ventures
Construction: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho’s practice was established by former Ashurst lawyers, including Rupert Lewi and managing partner John McClenahan. Since opening, the practice has led LNG and FPSO-related construction matters, assisted with coal-fired power plant construction, and handled EPC contracts and disputes. Christopher Bailey leads contentious work for trading houses and Japanese contractors.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

International firms and joint ventures
Dispute resolution: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

The ‘very experienced’ lawyers in the newly established team at King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho are led by the ‘tenacious, precise and excellent negotiator’ Christopher Bailey, who joined from Ashurst. The practice focuses on outbound work, particularly in the energy sector, advising on international arbitrations, US disputes, international trade and government investigations.

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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 Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

John McClenahan leads King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho’s department, which was recently established following the arrival of a team from Ashurst. The team specialises in energy and infrastructure projects. South Korean specialist Rupert Lewi is advising Kogas on its involvement in the LNG Canada project. Mark Davies focuses on project financings.

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Japan: Shipping

International firms and joint ventures
Shipping: international firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

Managing partner John McClenahan launched King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho’s practice with Mark Davies and litigator Christopher Bailey. They joined from Ashurst with counsel Christopher Spalding, who has expertise in FPSO and FSRU transactions. The practice specialises in cross-border financing structures, acting for well-known lenders in their financing of FPSO, LNG and container ships.

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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).