Kaynex Law Offices > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Kaynex Law Offices
TOKYO 100-0014

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 3

Kaynex Law Offices combines experience in a range of domestic and cross-border finance transactions, including structured finance, securitisation, capital markets, banking and real estate. The firm has been involved in several innovative deals, notably the first securitization of Electric Recorded Receivables in the Japanese market and the first repackaging of an Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate (EETC) in the Japanese market and the JBIC-guaranteed samurai bond. Practice head Norifusa Hashimoto has broad expertise that covers samurai bonds, debt private placements, structured finance, general securities and corporate finance advice.

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Key clients

Kiraboshi Bank

Ryukyu Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Kiraboshi Bank on securitization transaction of Receipt (health medical claims) by use of a self declaration of trust.
  • Advised Ryukyu Capital on formation of LPS fund for the economy of Okinawa.

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 3

The Kaynex Law Offices projects and energy practice has particular experience with renewable energy projects, including representing international and Japan domestic investors in acquisition and development of solar projects, representing financial institutions in the financing of solar projects, and providing regulatory advice to developers and EPC contractors. Founding partner Kota Kikuchi leads the team and acts for local and international clients in the area.

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Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 4

Kaynex Law Offices’ has experience in structured finance, securitisation, capital markets, banking and real estate, as well as providing expertise in regulations. Advising on cross-border and domestic matters Norifusa Hashimoto leads the team and his broad experience includes samurai bonds, debt private placements and repackagings, structured finance, general securities and corporate finance advice.

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

Specialising in cross-border real estate transactions, Kaynex Law Offices represents domestic and international real estate funds, asset management companies and banks. Eiichi Nagai leads the team and covers the full range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, TK-GK structures, TMK structures, J-REITs and real estate securitization, as well as providing experience acting for lenders in real estate financing.

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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