Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Tokyo, Japan

Norton Rose Fulbright
OTEMACHI FIRST SQUARE EAST TOWER 18F
1-5-1 OTEMACHI CHIYODA-KU
TOKYO 1000-0004
Japan

Banking and finance: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly well-known for its capabilities in asset finance – especially in the transportation space – project finance, and corporate finance. Practice head George Gibson recently guided the practice through several notable matters, such as its counsel to SMBC as coordinating bank on the offshore project financing of a floating production, storage, and offloading system for use in the Area 1 block offshore Mexico. Paul Coggins specialises in the shipping and offshore sector, while Adrian Joyce leads the Japanese-speaking team with a particular focus on the energy space. Also notable is Julien Bocobza who has considerable experience advising on power and infrastructure project finance transactions in emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

George Gibson

Testimonials

‘The team has a complete commitment to the process and the clients. Tight deadlines are managed well and the partners remain heavily involved with processes. They also demonstrate a willingness and ability to understand and solve commercial issues before structuring them legally.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright carries a strong expertise in international ship financing for decades. The partners have distinguished capabilities in the maritime space.’

‘Adrian Joyce usually acts as legal advisor for lenders. The group is thorough in every financial agreement.’

‘Adrian Joyce is an excellent lawyer to work with. He is high-energy, flexible, commercial, positive and thoroughly knowledgeable.’

‘Paul Coggins is a friendly and wise partner lawyer with extensive practical experiences in the shipping financing space. He can deliver high-quality results in time and respond to clients’ requirement swiftly.’

‘Adrian Joyce is a very hardworking lawyer. He always exhibits tireless efforts in all aspects of his professional attributes.’

‘Adrian Joyce always gives the project a driving force when parties face obstacles. He and his associates, Jonathan Wang and Charlotte Hornby, have commercial minds and give the project valuable input with punctuality.’

Key clients

Bank of America N.A.

BNP Paribas

ING Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

JERA

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Mizuho Bank

MUFG Bank

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)

ORIX Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

Projects and energy: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

At Norton Rose Fulbright the projects team covers corporate, M&A, dispute resolution, regulatory, finance and development mandates for its client roster which mainly consists of Japanese sponsors and financial institutions. George Gibson and his team have acted as international counsel on the pathfinder development of two offshore wind projects in Japan by a Japanese developer, and represented a bidder with respect to the potential acquisition of equity interests in the Formosa 2 and 3 offshore wind projects in Taiwan. Also notable is the firm's work in the LNG, water and infrastructure sectors. Adrian Joyce and Paul Coggins are finance experts and Julien Bocobza completed his two-year secondment at JBIC.

Practice head(s):

George Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice consistently demonstrates deep sector expertise, a pragmatic commercial approach as well, of course, a excellent legal knowledge. Norton Rose Fulbright insists on strong partner commitment to the process and a willingness to help understand and solve the commercial issues before translating them into documentation.’

‘Adrian Joyce is not only remarkable for his knowledge of LNG shipping sectors from a legal perspective but also from a commercial perspective.’

‘Adrian Joyce is excellent. He has great sector experience and knowledge. He is energetic, tenacious, positive committed.’

‘Adrian Joyce always gives the project a driving force when parties concerned face obstacles. He and his associates have commercial minds and give the company valuable inputs with punctuality.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

ING Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Japan Renewable Energy

JERA Co., Ltd.

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Northern LNG Transport Co., I Ltd., and Northern LNG Transport Co., II Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

Catalyst Investment Management

Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 4

Chris Viner splits his time between London and Tokyo and is the main name to note within Norton Rose Fulbright's Japan-based corporate offering. Viner has a strong track record acting for clients in the energy, power, infrastructure, and financial services sectors, and previously advised Mitsui on its acquisition of a participation in the Maersk Tankers fleet of refined oil tankers.

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions
Energy
Infrastructure
Mining
Commodities
Transport
Technology
Innovation
Life sciences
Healthcare
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Coggins  photo Paul Coggins www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/52190/paulcoggins
 George Gibson  photo George Gibson
 Adrian Joyce  photo Adrian Joyce
Number of lawyers : 4,000+
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
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Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
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Other offices : alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Beijing, Bogota, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Mexico City, Sao Paulo.