Kaynex Law Offices > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Kaynex Law Offices
TOKYO 100-0014

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 3

The 2016-established office of Kaynex Law Offices provides clients with assistance in banking matters such as cross-border transactions, real estate and MBO transactions, and securitisations. Norifusa Hashimoto, co-founder of the firm, leads the banking and finance practice and is experienced in samurai bonds, repackagings, and debt private placements, and also provides general corporate advice.

Practice head(s):

Norifusa Hashimoto

Key clients

Kiraboshi Bank

Ryukyu Capital

Meldia Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Kiraboshi Bank on its MBO transaction.
  • Advised Ryukyu Capital on its real estate transactions for LPS by use of TMK.
  • Advised Kiraboshi Bank on its securitisation transaction for lease receivables.

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 3

Boutique firm Kaynex Law Offices has extensive experience in renewable energy projects. The team, led by Kota Kikuchi, advises both domestic and international investors and financial institutions in the acquisition, development and financing of solar projects. The team is well-situated to advise on projects in other jurisdictions and also to provide regulatory advice to developers and EPC contractors. Makoto Fujii was promoted to counsel in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kota Kikuchi

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 4

The capital markets team at Kaynex Law Offices is led by Norifusa Hashimoto, who has broad expertise in a range of transactions, including samurai bonds and structured financing. The group regularly assists major financial institutions with issues involving debt private placements, asset securitisations, and other general corporate finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Norifusa Hashimoto

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

Kaynex Law Offices provides comprehensive advice to its diverse list of clients, which includes international, as well as domestic, real estate funds, asset management companies and banks. 'Standout lawyer' Eiichi Nagai leads the team, maintaining a broad practice covering all aspects of real estate transactions from investment, to development and construction. Nagai also has expansive experience in advising lenders on real estate financing. Aya Kurahashi is a key name of note within the team and Makoto Fujii handles a broad range of issues relating to real estate investment and lending.

Practice head(s):

Eiichi Nagai

Other key lawyers:


‘Kaynex Law Firm truly excels in providing comprehensive legal solutions that meet a wide range of client needs. Their expertise spans cross-border real estate securitisation and various transaction processes. Their team’s collaborative approach ensures every aspect is thoroughly addressed, offering clients a holistic and robust legal strategy.’

‘From international real estate to intricate financial transactions, Kaynex is able to provide an all-encompassing legal support.’

‘Nagai, a standout lawyer at Kaynex, goes beyond conventional approaches. With cross-border real estate securitization expertise, he crafts tailored solutions aligned precisely with each client’s unique requirements. His ability to delve into specifics and understand the bigger picture allows him to offer personalised guidance.’

‘Nagai’s approach is marked by a commitment to addressing individual concerns, ensuring clients feel heard and valued. By customising legal strategies, Nagai creates a seamless fit between legal intricacies and client objectives, setting him apart as a remarkable advocate.

‘Speedy and accurate advice. Knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Understand the business and the client’s intentions and give advice. Nagai Eiichi.’

‘The firm has a small but experienced team of attorneys who specialise in challenging matters. It is a law firm that not only points out the risks but also offers the best solutions based on a deep understanding of our business background.’

‘Eiichi Nagai has extensive experience in providing legal advice in both real estate finance and real estate investment and has a good understanding of the parties’ situations, and he provides balanced solutions that prioritise the client’s interests while taking into account the parties’ risk-reward.’

Work highlights

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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