Firm Profile > Ashurst > Tokyo, Japan

Ashurst
SHIROYAMA TRUST TOWER, 30TH FLOOR
4-3-1 TORANOMON, MINATO-KU
TOKYO 105-6030
Japan

Banking and finance: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

Praised for its expertise in complex cross-border project finance work and sector specialist advice, the Ashurst banking practice is co-headed by Kensuke Inoue and David Wadham and also handles bespoke cross-border financings and restructurings. Wadham is a projects partner whose finance work places particular focus on complex financings involving ECAs; he recently advised the Solomon Islands government on the Tina River hydropower project. Inoue is qualified in Japan and the US and recently advised JBIC on a variety of export loans and local buyer's credit loans. David McCormick is the key lead associate for a number of the group's large instructions.

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Key clients

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

World Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Projects and energy: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

A range of clients including lenders, sponsors, governments, and contractors instruct Ashurst's Tokyo-based projects and energy practice on financing and structuring as well as projects M&A. Practice head David Wadham focuses on development and complex financing structures, particularly in the power and renewable energy sectors. Senior associate Daniel Jarrett has established a strong relationship with key client Mitsui and is a key non-partner contact, as well as engineering, procurement, and construction expert Peter Grayson.

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Testimonials

“Commitment, dedication, hard-working, accuracy. We are working with Ashurst for a coal-fired power project in Vietnam. This project is a bit irregular and one of the most difficult projects in my team. Advisors are always requested to cope with an intensive review of project documents, but Ashurst team has committed to this project and always very helpful to expedite the entire process.”

 

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Sojitz Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation

ITOCHU Corporation

Marubeni Corporation

Macquarie Capital

Sumitomo Corporation

Kansai Electric

Tokyo Gas

Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Ashurst's practice is led by Tracy Whiriskey, who has 20 years of experience in Japan and specialist knowledge of the insurance sector. The group leverages the firm's global network to advise Japanese clients on cross-border M&A, inbound acquisitions and joint ventures. Trading houses, financial institutions and companies in the energy, infrastructure, TMT,  manufacturing and agriculture sectors are on its client roster and take advantage of the expertise at the firm's offices in Melbourne and London; Natsuko Ogawa and Hiroyuki Iwamura are the respective key contacts. In Tokyo, David Wadham and Kensuke Inoue are notable names for energy sector M&A.

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‘The team has great experience with dealing with Japanese companies and is capable of addressing proactively the issues a Japanese company would often face.’

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Sojitz Corporation

Itochu Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Nippon Life Insurance Company

Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad

Nisshin Seifun Group Inc and Nisshin Flour Milling Inc

Sekisui House, Ltd.

Dispute resolution: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

Ashurst fields a dispute resolution practice, which is best known for arbitration work and acts for Japanese trading houses as well as construction sector clients. The team also handles internal investigations concerning white-collar crime issues including bribery, employee fraud and sanctions evasion matters. Group head Ronnie King has particular experience working in the power, energy and insurance sectors, while senior associate Stephanie Cameron acts in anti-bribery and anti-corruption issues for clients in the energy and resources sector.

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U. C. Rusal