In this chapter, we present 13 leading legal minds in the banking space, all of whom are recognised for their outstanding skill in a range of regulatory and financing matters.
Most highly regarded
Nishimura & Asahi receives three listings here.
Masahiro Ueno is renowned for his work in the financing area and has adeptly handled a number of domestic and foreign international finance transactions.
Masaru Ono is a standout name in banking law who receives widespread plaudits for his work on structured finance and capital markets transactions.
Katsu Sengoku is an impressive practitioner who receives effusive praise for his expertise handling finance transactions across the transport sector.
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s Masanori Sato is “a leading banking lawyer in Japan” who has made a name for himself as “the king of transactions”.
Yuto Matsumura is an eminent name in the field who enjoys a top-tier reputation for his skill on a range of corporate matters.
At Sullivan & Cromwell Keiji Hatano receives widespread recognition from peers who recommend his expert handling of capital markets, M&A and banking transactions.
Akihiro Wani at Morrison & Foerster is a go-to name in Japan, endorsed for his wealth of experience in the banking and finance sector.
Satoshi Inoue of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is widely respected for his excellent work advising on structuring and arranging banking securities, trusts and other financial transactions.
Gavin Raftery* at Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) stands out for his expertise in a range of matters, from acquisition finance and fintech to financial services regulation, and export and trade finance.
Naoki Kinami at Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo is a long-standing figure in the banking sector, renowned for his stellar work on cross-border and domestic loans.
Ropes & Gray’s Tsuyoshi Imai has wide-ranging experience in banking law, particularly on complex corporate finance transactions and private equity deals.
John McClenahan* at King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho gains recognition for his impressive work with clients on all aspects of project development and financing.
Atsumi & Sakai’s Hiroo Atsumi is a respected figure in Japan’s banking space whose top-notch practice focuses on a range of corporate and financing matters.