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The finance and banking advice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune covers conventional lending and financing transactions as well as structured finance and regulatory issues. Takashi Akahane recently acted for Ernst & Young as advisor to the Kobe City government on the privatisation through concession of Kobe Airport which involves significant project financing issues. Meanwhile, Satoshi Inoue represented the lead arrangers in the drafting of all financing and security documents pertaining to the development and maintenance of a high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cable. In the renewable power space, Hiroaki Takahashi acted as lenders' counsel with regards to the development of a large-scale wind power project; he also teamed up with senior foreign counsel Bryan Dunn to oversee the development of several high-end residential buildings. Other key names include Hirohito Akagami, Raku Raku, associate Koji Kawamura and special counsel Takehiro Shibuya.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune - Japanese translation: アンダーソン・毛利・友常法律事務所 ・ 安德森·毛利·友常律师事务所 は財務・金融分野において、一般的な貸付や融資関連の取引にとどまらず、ストラクチャードファイナンスや規制関連の問題についても助言を提供しています。赤羽貴氏はErnst & Young のアドバイザーとして、巨大プロジェクトの財務問題を抱える神戸空港のコンセッションによる民営化について神戸市に対応しました。 また、井上聡氏は、高機能光ファイバー海底ケーブルの開発と維持管理に関する財務関連機密文書の草案作成において、代表アレンジャーの代理人を務めました。 再生エネルギー分野では、高橋宏明氏が、大規模風力発電プロジェクトの開発に関して融資機関側の顧問弁護士を務めました。また、同氏は外国法事務弁護士のブライアン・ダン氏と共に、高級住居建築物の開発の監督も行っています。 その他、注目すべき人物として、赤上博人氏、楽楽氏、アソシエイトの河村浩司氏、スペシャル・カウンセルの渋谷武宏氏が挙げられます。

The banking and finance team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto acts for lenders in syndicated loans, project financing, real estate financing, regulatory matters and intervenes in LBO financing transactions. Naoya Shiota represented KKR in the financing of its acquisition of Calsonic Kansei's outstanding shares through a tender offer and the subsequent squeeze-out procedure; Takahiro Kobayashi and Akira Marumo teamed up to assist SoftBank with a refinance deal to structure a large-scale syndicated loan to refinance several past acquisitions, including those of Sprint and ARM Holdings. Also notable are recently promoted partner Yusuke Suehiro, who was part of the team advising DBJ and other lead arrangers in the project financing of an LNG power plant, and Hiroki Aoyama, who counselled SMBC with regards to its DIP finance to Takata following the latter's filing of civil rehabilitation to restructure its debt.

The banking team at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu handles the full gamut of loans and financing transactions in the aircraft, shipping, real estate and projects space. SMBC recently appointed a team led by financial services regulatory expert Taku Umezawa to oversee its acquisition of American Railcar Leasing, and Terukazu Katsuyama advised the Development Bank of Japan as senior lender on the project financing of a biomass power plant in China. On the real estate front, Kenji Utsumi and Yoshinobu Koyama assisted Gaw Capital with its acquisition of the Minatomirai Center Building, while Mami Ikebukuro counselled Sumitomo and Sumisho Realty Management on the formation of a fund for investment into the US real estate market. Jiro Mikami is also a key name in the real estate finance practice. Fumihide Sugimoto leads the team and Shinichiro HoraguchiHiroshi Fujiwara and Hideaki Suda were promoted to partner.

Nishimura & Asahi's Tatsuya Tanigawa, Tatsuya Nakayama and Shingo Yamada advised Nippon Life Insurance on its agreement with Deutsche Bank to acquire a 5% interest in its global asset management subsidiary, DWS. The group also handled the reorganisation of the Rakuten group, including the financial regulatory aspects, and has been assisting clients with issues arising from fintech, new technologies and e-money. Other key names to note include Takashi Ejiri, Masahiro Ueno and Makoto Igarashi.

Atsumi & Sakai has been advising startups, IT vendors and financial institutions on the increasing presence of new technologies in the banking and insurance sector, while also maintaining a strong traditional financing, lending and asset finance practice. The team continued to expand its ranks with the addition of Akimoto Kawamura from Citigroup and Michiro Suenaga from Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise, as well as the promotion to partner of Kenichi Tanizaki. The Fintech Association of Japan recently appointed the group to assist with the drafting of an agreement on the use of a bank API with a software vendor, and Takafumi Ochiai teamed up with Yuri Suzuki to provide ongoing counsel the Japan Blockchain Association with regards to virtual currency exchange regulations. In further highlights, Bonnie Dixon oversaw a high-value senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility in connection with a corporate acquisition, and Ochiai represented a bank in the creation of distributed securities using block chain and ICOs.

Yoshiyasu Yamaguchi's banking and finance team at TMI Associates recently bolstered its senior ranks through the promotion to partner of Junji Shiraki, Mizuki Koshimoto and Takatsugu Kitajima. In recent highlights, Haruo Narimoto and Koshimoto acted for a foreign real estate client in the licensing issues and investment schemes for the expansion of its business in Japan, while Jumpei Osada advised Univership as arranger and a group of lenders on a number of ship financing mandates. Also notable are Shinji Katayama and Takuma Taki, who provide ongoing advice to infrastructure funds, and Yoshikazu Noma has been assisting a Japanese leasing company as borrower and TK underwriter for a series of JOLCO schemes; he also oversaw the development and sale of several warehouses and residential properties to JREITs and foreign investors.

Full-service firm City-Yuwa Partners fields attorneys such as Junko HirakawaIzuru Goto and Noriyuki Katayama to advise a wide range of domestic and international clients on the whole spectrum of asset financing, leasing, regulatory and fund issues. The group has substantial experience acting for securities firms and real estate companies in the setting up and administration of investment funds including the compliance aspects of shareholder reports. Other key names include Yoshitada Ogiso, Yasuyuki Kuribayashi and Eri Furukawa.

Hirotada Inoshita specialises in regulatory mandates and cross-border transactions and spearheads Marunouchi International Law Office's banking and financing offering. For financial regulation advice, clients can rely on Hiroshi Hori, while Taku Ishizu has substantial expertise in the private equity and investment funds space.

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