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Japan: Construction & Real Estate 2017

In this chapter, we feature 24 leading practitioners who stand out for their exceptional work representing a range of clients including owners, contractors and subcontractors in both contentious and non-contentious work in Japan and abroad. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Masahiro Shiga Morrison & Foerster, Tokyo
2. Eriko Ozawa Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
3. Emma Kratochvilova Herbert Smith Freehills, Tokyo

MORRISON & FOERSTER boasts the leading construction and real estate team in Japan as four of its leading practitioners achieve listings this year.
Masahiro Shiga is a prominent name in the Japanese real estate market. His world-class practice focuses on real estate financing, an area in which he is considered a true specialist.
Theodore Seltzer* is a well-known practitioner in the real estate sphere, and stands out for his excellent work advising domestic and international clients on financing and acquisition matters.
The “fantastic” Junichi Kurokoshi is highly sought after by foreign corporate clients looking to invest in real estate in the domestic market.
Keisuke Mochizuki is a widely recognised figure known for his leading work on real estate transactions and financings.

Full-service domestic firm NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU also receives four nominations in this chapter.
Naohiro Nishimura gains recognition for his top-tier corporate finance practice, and is noted in particular for his superb work in relation to real estate transactions, investment and financings.
Yoshikazu Sugino is a respected figure in the real estate sector and is considered a transactional specialist by peers and clients alike.
Shunpei Tanaka is “a well-known name” in the domestic market. His practice spans the whole gamut of real estate matters from financing and acquisition to the restructuring of real estate companies.
Hidetaka Mihara wins praise in this chapter for his strong expertise in the J-REIT space.

MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO sees three of its leading practitioners listed this year.
The “sensible and straightforward” Eriko Ozawa is “a great practitioner” according to respondents. He continues to impress peers and clients who consider him “a no-nonsense negotiator”.
Yasuhiko Fujitsu is a firm favourite among clients who praise him for his top-notch work in relation to J-REITs.
Masanori Sato is also highlighted in this chapter for his excellent work handling real estate investment and financing matters.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS also achieve three nominations.
Emma Kratochvilova* is highly regarded for her brilliant work advising Japanese corporate entities on sector-related projects globally. With “construction at the heart of her practice”, she is well versed in all aspects of the field.  
Managing partner David Gilmore* is a dispute resolution specialist known for his first-class work in relation to the construction industry.
The “incredibly smart” Christopher Hunt* boasts over 10 years of experience in the Japanese market, and is recognised for his work handling construction disputes in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

WHITE & CASE’s Gerald Fujii* boasts a terrific practice that spans a wide array of real estate matters including REITs, transactions and financings.  
Mizuho Yamada is a strong transactional lawyer and draws high praise from clients who include both domestic and international investment fund managers and investors.
Tetsuya Morimoto is “an absolute pleasure to work with” according to sources, who praise the “clear and balanced counsel” that he delivers to clients.

* 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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