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Kaynex Law Offices
TOKYO 100-0014

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 3

Kaynex Law Offices, which was established in 2016, has expertise across securitisations, private fund formation, and structured finance. The department is led by the highly experienced Norifusa Hashimoto, whose broad practice includes structured finance, general securities and asset securitisations. Associate Yuta Nakao is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Norifusa Hashimoto

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Key clients

Kiraboshi Bank

Ryukyu Capital

Meldia Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tokyo Star Bank on a securitisation transaction of trucks.

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 3

Kaynex Law Offices is particularly active on renewable energy developments, with significant experience in the acquisition and financing of solar projects. Founding partner Kota Kikuchi leads the department, and brings over a decade of experience in the practice area. Kikuchi works with both domestic and international clients, advising on the whole lifecycle of project develpment from sourcing and acquisition to regulatory matters and dispute resolution.

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Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 4

Kaynex Law Offices, established in 2016, fields a team with experience across structured finance, securitisation, capital markets, banking and real estate. Team lead and founding partner Norifusa Hashimoto has significant expertise in the practice area.

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Japan > Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 4

Kaynex Law Offices covers a broad range of real estate matters, including investment, lending, securitisation, development, and construction. Founding partner Eiichi Nagai, who previously worked within White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association), heads the team, and handles the full range of real estate transactions. Also key are Aya Kurahashi, who has particular experience in finance transactions and asset securitisation, and counsel Makoto Fujii.

Practice head(s):

Eiichi Nagai

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‘Kaynex Law Offices understand that legal practice is by default a form of client service.’

‘The attorneys, paralegals and all other staff members operate out of “client first” culture of the practice. This all show up in how they formulate legal advices and opinions, how quickly and efficiently they process assignments and accumulate billable hours, etc.’

‘Eiichi Nagai single-handedly epitomizes what Kaynex Law Offices means to us as well as why we choose Kaynex over other firms, large and small. Best client experience is literally guaranteed.’

‘Aya Kurahashi is the most level-headed legal professional, ever. This allows us to place 120% confidence in her opinions. Stability and reliability of the entire form, for a good part, are founded upon Attorney Kurahashi’s professionalism, style and character.’

‘Makoto Fujii is the man behind Kaynex’s uber efficient operation.’

‘The firm’s strengths are in the areas of real estate finance and renewable energy. The team is effectively coordinated and very mobile.’

‘Eiichi Nagai is wonderful. He always gives me appropriate advice based on his extensive past performance and experience.’

The firm: Kaynex Law Offices was established in January 2016 by a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience from both Japanese and international leading law firms and three other lawyers, each with over ten years’ experience at leading international law firms. Kaynex provides all of its clients with high-quality services that are based on its lawyers’ extensive experience at leading domestic and international law firms.

Even with its relatively small size, the firm covers broad areas of practice, such as finance, M&A, real estate, general corporate, employment and disputes.

The firm’s lawyers have provided legal services across a wide range of businesses: from companies listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, international asset/fund management companies, domestic/foreign financial institutions and hedge funds, through to brand new start-up venture enterprises and individuals investing in Japanese assets.

Areas of practice: Kaynex provides clients with high-quality services that are based on its lawyers’ extensive experience at leading domestic and international law firms. Kaynex is committed to the following in order to provide the highest quality services possible to clients.

Having a deep understanding of and involvement in clients’ businesses: having experience serving a wide range of clients, Kaynex is able to provide appropriate legal advice that comes from having properly understood clients’ businesses. Its services always factor in commercial realities and the actual state of the market.

Providing solutions: sometimes legal risks interrupt or suspend a company’s current or planned business. In such cases, the firm does not merely point out the legal risks but endeavours to propose an alternative way to carry on business in compliance with the law.

Service for foreign clients: the firm offers clients practical solutions to address shortages of in-house legal personnel and other staff in their businesses. For example, for foreign clients that do not have a base in Japan, it provides comprehensive, concierge-like services that can involve making arrangements for the various specialists required when operating a business in Japan and can even carry out the necessary administrative procedures on their behalf.

High-quality services for cross-border transactions: all of Kaynex’s partners are involved in cross-border transactions on an ongoing basis and have been ever since they started practicing law. All of its partners have experienced long-term residence abroad while working or training at the foreign offices of international law firms. By leveraging this experience and expertise, it is able to provide clients with high-quality legal services for both inbound and outbound transactions.

Structured finance
Asset finance
Project finance
Capital markets
Financial regulation
Real estate
Private equity
Start-up and venture capital
Intellectual property
Commercial disputes
Number of lawyers : 6