Nathan Schmidt > Nishimura & Asahi > Tokyo, Japan > Lawyer Profile

Nishimura & Asahi
TOKYO 100-8124

Work Department

Renewable Energy, Project Finance, Real Estate Finance




Nathan has extensive experience representing developers, lenders and EPC companies in connection with the development of Japanese renewable energy projects. He also has expertise in representing foreign and domestic equity investors, both funds and strategic corporate entities in various types of transactions, including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and investment transactions, as well as other corporate matters. Nathan also has a wealth of experience representing Japanese and foreign lenders and borrowers in a broad range of banking and finance matters, including real estate financings, leveraged financings, restructurings, project financings and structured finance transactions.

Admitted in New York (2004)
Registered as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (2016)




・ J.D./LL.M., 2003, Duke University School of Law
・ B.A., 1999, University of Hawaii

Lawyer Rankings

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms

(Next Generation Partners: Gaiben)

Nathan SchmidtNishimura & 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.