Japan: Project Finance 2017

We feature 14 practitioners in this chapter who are highlighted for their outstanding work representing sponsors and lenders in project financing and refinancing transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Aled Davies Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Tokyo
2. Joseph Bevash Latham & Watkins, Tokyo
3. Scott Neilson Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho, Tokyo

We identify two leading practitioners at LATHAM & WATKINS who stand out for their excellent work in the project finance space.
Joseph Bevash is one of the leading names in the Japanese projects market. He draws widespread recognition from international sources who consider him “a real pleasure to work with”.
Michael Yoshii is a widely recognised name in the field and wins particular praise from sources for his top-tier work in the power sector across the region.

WHITE & CASE also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Paul Harrison is described by sources as one of the best in the market when it comes to project finance work. He focuses his practice on international projects in the oil and gas and power sectors. 
Toshio Dokei is a finance specialist who is highly sought after for his invaluable transactional experience.

MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY’s Aled Davies* is “one of the top project finance lawyers in Japan”. He is internationally renowned for his fantastic work on major infrastructure and energy projects across multiple jurisdictions.

At ALLEN & OVERY Scott Neilson* enjoys a great reputation in the Japanese market as a projects expert. He is recognised for his expert handling of international projects throughout EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

At KING & SPALDING, managing partner John McClenahan* focuses his practice on project development and financing. He is noted for his particular expertise in the energy sector.

The “terrific” Matthew Bubb* at ASHURST is frequently engaged in handling energy and infrastructure projects on behalf of clients, who include sponsors, lenders and contractors.

SHEARMAN & STERLING’s Etienne Gelencsér* is a widely recognised figure in the market, commended for his first-rate work representing both investors and sponsors.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Naoaki Eguchi enjoys a stellar reputation among peers, particularly in the PPP space, an area in which he is considered a real specialist.

Rintaro Hirano at NAGASHIMA OHNO & TSUNEMATSU is “an extremely impressive practitioner”. He is highlighted for his expert handling of financing matters in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

At NISHIMURA & ASAHI, Tomohiro Sato is frequently engaged in handling project finance matters across a range of sectors from infrastructure to energy and natural resources.

Michael Graffagna at MORRISON & FOERSTER focuses his top-tier practice on infrastructure projects, in which he regularly acts on behalf of developers and sponsors.

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Ross Howard handles both inbound and outbound projects work and is considered a standout name in the region.

* foreign-qualified lawyer

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