Firm Profile > King & Spalding > Tokyo, Japan

King & Spalding
SHIN MARUNOUCHI BUILDING 12TH FLOOR
5-1 MARUNOUCHI, 1 CHOME
CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-6521
Japan

Dispute resolution: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

King & Spalding provides an outbound dispute resolution service spearheaded by Christopher Bailey with the support of its global platform. The team consist of an on-the-ground English law arbitration offering plugged into a US litigation and investigations practice, as well as a global arbitration offering. In recent highlights, the firm handled significant disputes in the construction, power and automotive sectors, which it identifies as some of its core industry focuses.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bailey

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding is very innovative and commercial in its advice to the client. The team thinks ahead, and always tries to understand the client’s business, industry and strategy going forward in the dispute process.’

‘The Tokyo office of King & Spalding is not large, but it is very effective with the support of the other international branches of the firm, which has many veteran counsel who specilize in international disputes.’

‘The King & Spalding team is invaluable in cross-border disputes, bringing the power of the entire firm to locally seated issues.’

‘Chris Bailey has great client manners and a generally upbeat disposition, even in times of stress.’

‘Chris Bailey is an outstanding international disputes lawyer. Having worked for a Japanese trading house in his early career, he has a unique first-hand knowledge how to work effectively with the Japanese clients.’

‘Chris Bailey is a leader in the market, able to pick up the key issues of a case on short notice and great at effectively cross-examining witnesses at a hearing.’

‘Chris Bailey  knows the region, he understands the Japanese culture, the clients like him and respect him and his advice on complex contractual issues. He is very thorough and a true expert in the international disputes field in Asia, particularly in relation to energy projects.’

Projects and energy: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

King & Spalding's Japan-based projects and energy practice has recently led on the development, financing and investment in numerous key and cutting-edge energy projects in Asia and beyond. The key names to note are managing partner and financing expert John McClenahan, who continues to advise JBIC and the Asian Development Bank on the project financing of the $1.3bn Gulf SRC gas-fired power project in Thailand; and Mark Davies who continues to lead the advice on a number of high-profile FPSO projects across the world. Rupert Lewi has retired.

Practice head(s):

John McClenahan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mitsui & Co., Ltd

Marubeni Corporation

MODEC, Inc

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Japan Wind Development Co., Ltd.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Tokyu Land Corporation

Sojitz Corporation

LNG JAPAN

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

SMBC

MUFG Bank

Development Bank of Singapore

Standard Chartered Bank

OCBC

APICORP

Toyota Tsusho

Senvion GmBH

Toshiba

Mitsui E&S Holdings Co. Ltd.

Real estate and construction: International firms and joint ventures Tier 2

The real estate and construction group at King & Spalding is especially strong in the power sector. In recent highlights, the firm has been assisting with the development and financing of several high-profile wind power projects in Japan. Finance expert and Tokyo office managing partner John McClenahan regularly acts for financial institutions, contractors, developers, trading houses and foreign corporates in outbound financing and transactional mandates. Dispute resolution head Christopher Bailey advises on contractual claims, international arbitration and investor protection cases, while Mark Davies specialises in project development, financing, and transactions. Rupert Lewi retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):

John McClenahan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Mitsubishi Corporation

Japan Wind Development Co., Ltd.

MODEC Inc

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Korea Export-Import Bank

Tokyu Land Corporation

Senvion GmbH

Toyota Tsusho

Sojitz Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation

Banking and finance: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

King & Spalding's banking and finance lawyers act for the sponsors, banks, or borrower in cross-border financing transactions. John McClenahan and Mark Davies' team has recently been advising JBIC and ADB on the $1.29 bn Gulf-SRC IPP project in Thailand, and covers infrastructure and project finance, energy and resource project financings, acquisition finance, structured finance, and asset finance transactions for Japanese and Korean clients around the world.

Practice head(s):

John McClenahan; Mark Davies

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Asian Development Bank

MUFG Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Mizuho Bank

Marubeni Corporation

MODEC Inc

Mitsui & Co

Korea Export-Import Bank

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Standard Charter Bank

Development Bank of Singapore

Clifford Capital

Sojitz Corporation

APICORP

Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 3

King & Spalding's corporate team handles asset and interest transactions of its blue-chip client list in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Mark Davies spearheads the offering which is advising Mitsui and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd on the acquisition of a 50% stake in AKOFS Offshore. Also notable are managing partner and project financing expert John McClenahan and senior associate Daisuke Shimodaira who specialises in the financing of energy and power projects. Rupert Lewi has retired.

Practice head(s):

Mark Davies

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Mitsubishi Corporation

Japan Wind Development Co., Ltd.

MODEC Inc

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Korea Export-Import Bank

Tokyu Land Corporation

Senvion GmbH

Toyota Tsusho

Sojitz Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation

The firm: Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid–sized companies in emerging industries.

The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognised for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

Opened in 2015 and located in the heart of Japan’s premier business district, King & Spalding’s Tokyo office was the firm’s 18th overall. Its lawyers in Tokyo advise Japanese and Korean companies and financial institutions across a broad range of complex infrastructure, energy and natural resources matters around the world. The office is active on matters and projects throughout Asia, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Areas of practice: King & Spalding’s Tokyo office consists of a core team of partners who are well-known in the Japanese and Asia Pacific market. They have more than two decades’ experience representing major Japanese and Korean participants in the energy and resources sector, including export credit agencies and financial institutions, as well as some of the region’s largest trading houses, power and gas utility companies, and other blue-chip project sponsors and participants. They also have extensive experience advising and supporting clients in the resolution of disputes, with particular expertise in energy and resources, infrastructure, transport and trade, and IP disputes.

Energy and resources: LNG (liquefaction and regasification terminals and shipping), FLNG, FSRU, FPSO and gas pipelines, petrochemicals, upstream oil and gas, power generation facilities, and mining.

Infrastructure development: rail, road, air, and seaport terminals.

Dispute resolution: investor-state and complex commercial arbitration, strategic management of foreign national court litigation, governmental investigations, the design of corporate compliance programmes, sanctions advice, and other contentious regulatory matters.

Finance: project finance, asset finance, ECA finance, and ship finance.

Corporate: M&A, private investment funds, and joint ventures.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy and resources
Infrastructure development
Dispute resolution
Finance
Corporate
Contacts : John McClenahan (jmcclenahan@kslaw.com)