Japan: Banking 2017

We highlight 16 leading lawyers in this chapter for their outstanding expertise in regulatory and financial banking matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Masaru Ono Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo
2. Toru Ishiguro Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo

Full-service domestic firm MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO sees three top lawyers listed in this chapter.
Toru Ishiguro stands out as one of the leading banking practitioners in the country. He is highly visible in the market and a well-known name for regulatory and financial matters.
Yuto Matsumura is recognised by market sources for the breadth of his expertise, as well as his strong international banking practice.
Masanori Sato boasts a first-rate finance practice and regularly advises clients on a range of banking and structured finance matters.

NISHIMURA & ASAHI also performs achieving three listings in this chapter.
With nearly 40 years’ experience, Masaru Ono continues to impress with his sophisticated expertise in a broad range of banking and financial matters.
Katsu Sengoku is well known in the market for his highly respected banking practice, and possesses particular expertise in the transport and aircraft industries. 
Clients endorse Kosuke Shibukawa’s “deep legal knowledge and experience” and commend him for his “precise and timely preparation of documents”. 

NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU’s Satoshi Inoue draws high praise for his strong international experience and is a widely recognised name in Japanese banking market.  

At SHEARMAN & STERLING Etienne Gelencsér* regularly advises clients on highly complex transactional matters. He enjoys a strong reputation among peers who highlight his superb knowledge of structured finance matters.  

John McClenahan* at KING & SPALDING advises on acquisition finance, project development and M&A transactions. He has extensive experience working in jurisdictions around the world and is highly regarded for his financial expertise in energy and infrastructure projects.

ALLEN & OVERY’s Scott Neilson* counsels major international clients in a broad array of transactional matters including multisource and export credit financings. He is particularly recognised for his strong expertise in projects work.

At FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER, Naoki Kinami draws praise for his commercial approach and excellent client service. He is highly knowledgeable on banking matters and regularly represents large Japanese banks and financial institutions.  

* foreign-qualified lawyer

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