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Nishimura & Asahi
TOKYO 100-8124

Work Department

Project Finance, Infrastructure/PPP, Electricity/Gas




Tomohiro Sato specializes in project finance, infrastructure, and projects including energy and natural resources.

He is acting as legal counsel to lenders and project sponsors on various domestic project finance transactions for renewable energy project, IPP project and PFI including concession-based project on a regular basis. He also has broad experience in international project financing transactions including those for LNG projects, mining projects and refinery.

・Admitted in Japan (2002)
・Admitted in New York (2008)


Japanese, English


・ King’s College London (LL.M. in International Financial Law, Distinction) (2008)
・ Boston University School of Law (LL.M. in Banking & Financial Law) (2007)
・ Keio University (LL.B.) (2000)

Lawyer Rankings

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms

(Leading individuals: Bengoshi)

Tomohiro SatoNishimura & Asahi

Specialising in project finance, as well as the development and procurement of natural resources, Nishimura & Asahi has broad expertise in the area. In addition to advising on the traditional coal and gas sectors the firm is increasingly active advising on the booming renewables space, notably the offshore wind sector in Japan. The practice handles a range of infrastructure projects, including PFI projects and concession projects based on Japan’s PFI Act and amusement theme parks. In terms of international expertise, the group advises on LNG projects, mining projects, refinery projects, IPP projects and infrastructure across a number of jurisdictions countries; US and EU sanctions issues is another specialism. Tomohiro Sato leads the deep bench of projects, energy and finance experts, key names including Maya Ito, Sadayuki Matsudaira, Norio Maeda and Nathan Schmidt. The firm’s international strength was further boosted in 2020 by the arrival of projects and asset finance expert Adrian Joyce from Norton Rose Fulbright and Alexander Woody from White & Case LLP – White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association) in June 2022.