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Minako Wakabayashi

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Minako Wakabayashi has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan.



Japan: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures

Within: Banking and finance – International firms and joint ventures

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's primary focus is on the renewable energy space where its finance practitioners intervene in the development and financing of major power projects such as the wind power generation project in Tsugaru City and the Ohorayama project in Kochi prefecture. Infrastructure expert Yoichi Katayama and Minako Wakabayashi feature among the names to note.

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Japan: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures

Within: Projects and energy – International firms and joint ventures

In April 2018 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP welcomed James Atkin as the new global co-head of its oil and gas practice. The former managing partner of Vinson & Elkins LLP now heads the Tokyo projects and energy group with renewable energy specialist Yoichi Katayama and cross-border projects expert Minako Wakabayashi. Pattern Development and Green Power Investments appointed the group to handle the sale of 206MW of owned capacity in Japanese wind and solar projects to Pattern Energy, and to advise on the financing of a number of large-scale wind power projects across the country. On the solar side, senior associate Reiko Saito and managing associate Kentaro Shoji were part of the team that advised Invenergy Japan GK on its partnership with SB Energy for the joint development, financing, construction and operation of two new solar projects in Japan. Yuko Inui and Jae-Hyon Ahn were promoted to of counsel and are key names to note.

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Legal Developments in Japan

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

    Contents of the Issue Law on liability for breach of contract Review on the amendment to the cabinet office order on Corporate Disclosure

    The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (“the Minister”), has published the Criminal Justice Bill 2011 (“the Bill”). The main purpose of the Bill is stated to be “…to amend the criminal law to improve certain procedural matters and strengthen Garda investigative powers. The intention is that such improvements will assist in reducing the delays associated with the investigation and prosecution of complex crime, in particular white collar crime.”
  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).