Japan: Capital Markets 2017

This chapter recognises 26 leading practitioners, identified for their extensive expertise in a wide range of capital markets transactions including domestic and international debt and equity offerings and international corporate hybrid transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Hidetaka Mihara Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo
2. Izumi Akai Sullivan & Cromwell, Tokyo
3. Reiko Sakimura Clifford Chance, Tokyo
4. Jon Gray Davis Polk & Wardwell, Tokyo

NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU retains its position as the leading capital markets firm in the country with six practitioners listed this year.
Hidetaka Mihara enjoys a strong reputation in the field impressing peers and clients with his outstanding expertise in capital markets transactions.
Masatsura Kadota is one of Japan’s leading debt and equity practitioners and is widely recognised for his extensive experience in the J-REIT space.
Fumihide Sugimoto is renowned in the market for his excellent work advising national and international clients on a variety of debt and equity offerings.

Full-service national firm MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO also boasts a strong practice group, with four practitioners nominated in this edition.
Toru Ishiguro is a highly regarded practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience acting in offerings of equity and debt securities in both the Japanese and international markets.
Katsumasa Suzuki is highlighted in our research for his vast knowledge and great expertise in capital market matters. He is well respected for his adept handling of high-profile cases.

SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT achieves three listings this year.
The much sought after Alan Cannon* is a clear leader in the field with experience in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including advising underwriters about debt offerings by major companies such as the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
Takahiro Saito* receives widespread acclaim for his impressive knowledge of capital markets law. He regularly advises issuers and underwriters on global securities offerings and exchanges.
David Sneider* is renowned for his expert handling of capital market transactions. He boasts extensive experience advising in areas such as hybrid capital securities as well as debt and equity offerings.

Izumi Akai at SULLIVAN & CROMWELL is internationally recognised for his outstanding contributions to the market. He regularly plays a prominent role in securities offerings and listings in the US for Japanese issuers.

Reiko Sakimura* at CLIFFORD CHANCE leads the firm’s capital markets group in Tokyo. She is widely considered a specialist in areas such as international debt and equity, regulatory capital and corporate hybrid securities. 

Jon Gray* at DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL is a distinguished figure focusing on international capital markets transactions and securities, including SEC-registered offerings and rule 144A equity offerings.

Kenji Paul Taneda* of SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM is a standout capital markets practitioner and is recognised for his fantastic work advising issuers and underwriters both in Japan and abroad.

Yasutaka Nishikori at NISHIMURA & ASAHI is noted for his impressive skill and expertise in a range of international capital market transactions.

Hironori Shibata of ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE is a well-established name in the market, widely respected for his world-class capital markets practice.

Peter Frost* of LINKLATERS draws high praise for his experience in a range of capital market transactions, such as advising underwriters about convertible and exchangeable bonds, equity offerings and national and international corporate hybrid transactions.

* foreign-qualified lawyer

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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