Restructuring and insolvency: International firms and joint ventures in Japan

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

The restructuring and insolvency practice at Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) advises domestic and international corporate debtors on all aspects of insolvency proceedings. The team is able to handle multi-party, cross-border matters, and is also involved in direct negotiations with stakeholders of distressed corporations and assists with non-performing loan transfers and debtor-in-possession financing mandates. Leveraging the firm's global network, the practice, which is led by Hiroshi Kasuya, works with the firm's international offices and teams to provide a comprehensive restructuring and insolvency offering. Senior associate Junya Suzuki, who is qualified in Japan, England and Wales and New York, reinforces the practice alongside associate Masayoshi Kobayashi.

Practice head(s):

Hiroshi Kasuya

White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)

Ayako Kawano leads the restructuring and insolvency practice at White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), which advises international corporations on the Japanese aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency and workout matters, working closely with the firm’s wider global network. Clients stem from a wide range of industries including the financial services, mining, energy, aviation and shipping sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ayako Kawano

Key clients

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Swissport International Ltd.


Work highlights

  • Advised Avianca on the export credit-supported financing for more than 70 Airbus aircraft and the restructuring of the ECA-supported fleet of Avianca Taca Holding.
  • Advised Swissport Group on its restructuring and recapitalisation.
  • Advised STA Travel group entities in various jurisdictions following STA Travel Holding AG’s, the STA group’s parent company, decision to file for insolvency in Switzerland.