Maya Ito > Nishimura & Asahi > Tokyo, Japan > Lawyer Profile

Nishimura & Asahi
TOKYO 100-8124

Work Department

Banking/Project Finance/Structured Finance/Securitization/Asset Finance/Compliance/Cross-border Transactions/Natural Resources & Energy/India


Maya Ito is a partner at Nishimura & Asahi.  She leads the international infrastructure & energy team advising both Japanese and international clients on their projects across the globe.  She has extensive expertise in cross border infrastructure and energy projects,  project finance for various natural resources, power projects and other infrastructure projects. She also has an extensive practice in other areas concerning compliance, cross border finance transactions, cross border corporate transactions and other corporate matters.


・ 2002 Associate of Asahi Koma Law Offices(integrated into Nishimura & Asahi in 2007)
・ 2010 Lecturer, Surugadai University Law School( – 2012)
・ 2012 Lecturer, SME University of Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN( – 2015)
・ 2014 Counsel of Nishimura & Asahi
・ 2016 Partner of Nishimura & Asahi( – present)
・ 2019 Outside Director(Audit and Supervisory Committee), OPTIMUS Group Co., Ltd.( – present)


・2002 Admitted in Japan, 2002


Japanese(first language)/English(fluent)


Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association(Japan), 2002


・ Keio University(LL.B., 1999)
・ Columbia University School of Law(LL.M., 2007)

Lawyer Rankings

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms

(Leading individuals: Bengoshi)

Maya ItoNishimura & 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.