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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 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

One client describes working with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's projects practitioners as 'having an extension of your own arm: they know what clients expect, they virtually operate as in-house counsel and have a deep understanding of their clients' business cultures'; managing partner Anthony Raven and 'diligent and timely' financing specialist Olivia Matsushita 'are the best of representation of this'. Raven co-heads the team with head of financing Simon Barrett, who is 'highly reliable, precise and always punctual'. The pair recently defended Mitsubishi and several of its US subsidiaries in ICC arbitration proceedings which sought in excess of $7bn arising from the alleged failure of components manufactured and supplied to the San Onofre nuclear station. On the LNG front, the team was instructed in the negotiation of purchasing agreements, project financing issues and assisted a major Asian contractor with sanction issues surrounding petrochemical and power project in Iran. In other highlights, SoftBank appointed the group to oversee a strategic investment in the mining sector through the purchase of shares in a Toronto lithium mining company, and the team also acted for a Japanese utility in its acquisition of interests in a US interconnector and battery storage complex as well as its takeover of a power station in Michigan.

Leading individuals

Anthony Raven (Gaiben) - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Simon Barrett (Gaiben) - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Simon Barrett and Anthony Raven co-head the infrastructure offering in Tokyo and regularly advise clients on disputes arising from project development and construction projects. In recent highlights, Raven acted for a Japanese utility company in its acquisition of a US power plant, and Barrett represented a multinational corporation in a dispute against a contractor arising from various claims for delay and design defects in relation to the construction of a gas-to-gasoline plant in Central Asia. Counsel Paul Marston is also a key name to note for transactional work and EPC contract issues.

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