Japan: Energy & Natural Resources 2017

In this chapter, 13 highly regarded lawyers who focus their practice on energy and natural resources have been selected for inclusion for their skill and expertise in the global market. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Rupert Lewi King & Spalding, Tokyo
2. Justen Fleming Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Tokyo

Two exceptional practitioners from MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY have been highlighted in our research this year.
Top-tier practitioner Justen Fleming* specialises in energy projects and is particularly well known for his extensive experience handling LNG-related matters.
Aled Davies* is internationally recognised for his expertise in energy and infrastructure finance. He is highly regarded for his longstanding experience dealing with complex global infrastructure and energy projects.

BAKER MCKENZIE also sees two experts recognised for their expertise in the field.
Anne Hung* heads up the major projects group in the Tokyo office and is praised by commentators for her impeccable knowledge of oil and gas, natural resources and infrastructure matters.
Gavin Raftery* is recognised by peers for his extensive experience representing Japanese and international clients in transactional and regulatory matters, including emissions trading and carbon finance.

Rupert Lewi* at KING & SPALDING is a clear leader in the field, predominantly focusing his practice on oil and gas, LNG and mining. He boasts more than 12 years’ experience handling complex projects throughout Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Anthony Raven* of PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN is internationally renowned, with one source praising “his ability to organise his resources effectively” as well as to “always provide workable solutions for clients”.

Andrew Blacoe* at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is a leading lawyer in the energy sector. He possesses experience assisting clients worldwide in acquisitions, international joint ventures and energy project finance.

James Atkin* at VINSON & ELKINS is an energy specialist, whose world-class practice involves advising industry clients on a range of matters. He has represented a number of major trading companies in complex negotiations involving LNG sales and licences for developments.

* 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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