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Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures
Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

The banking and finance lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright 'provide proper advice to complete deals on a timely basis and always think of their clients' best interests'. Highly regarded shipping and offshore specialist Paul Coggins acted for ORIX in its acquisition of around $259m worth of shipping loans from RBS. In other highlights, Adrian Joyce led the advice to SMBC with regards to a NEXI-backed loan to Alfa Bank, while of counsel Jason Lemann was part of the team that assisted two international banks with elements of a project financing transaction for a long-term FPSO chartering service. The practice is spearheaded by George Gibson who has substantial experience in the project finance space, particularly in emerging markets. Jeremy Gibb retired from the partnership but has taken on a position as consultant within the banking team.

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Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures
Corporate and M&A – International firms and joint ventures - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright represents an enviable roster of Japanese clients such as Sumitomo, Nissan and Kyocera in outbound corporate transactions. In recent highlights, the group acted for Abacus Holdings, a consortium of 11 airlines, in its disposal of a 65% stake in Abacus International to its joint venture partner Sabre, while econtext Asia instructed the team to oversee its privatisation process by a scheme of arrangement. Chris Viner splits his time between Tokyo and London and is also a key name to note. Eiji Kobayashi left to join Paul Hastings LLP.

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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

Norton Rose Fulbright

The projects and energy practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is primarily focused on offshore and shipping projects in the energy sector. Head of the Tokyo office George Gibson and Paul Coggins recently acted as part of a cross-office, multi-disciplinary team representing Mitsui in its acquisition of a participation in the Maersk fleet of refined oil tankers. Elsewhere, senior associate Andrew Clarke teamed up with Gibson to assist a leading corporate entity and a South American contractor with their bid for the procurement of a large-scale desalination plant. In another highlight, project finance specialist Julien Bocobza led the advice to the utility provider of a petrochemical complex, and its sponsors, regarding the expansion of its water steam and power plant in the Middle East. Bocobza, who recently relocated to Tokyo from London, is currently on secondment with JBIC. Jeremy Gibb retired from the partnership and moved into a consultant role within the practice.

Leading individuals

George Gibson (Gaiben) - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Andrew Clarke (Gaiben) - Norton Rose Fulbright

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    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
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