In this chapter we highlight the top 27 capital markets practitioners in Japan. They are selected for their outstanding expertise in representing clients on a variety of capital markets matters, including equity and financing projects.
Most Highly Regarded
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu excels in the capital markets arena with seven listings in this chapter.
Masatsura Kadota ranks highly among peers thanks to his impressive understanding of capital market transactions, J-REITs and related regulation.
Shinichi Araki is a well-regarded lawyer who is singled out for his deep expertise in capital markets law, including debt, equity, IPOs and Samurai bonds.
Fumihide Sugimoto is a respected name in the domestic and international market, highlighted for his excellent work relating to debt, equity and other securities transactions.
Hidetaka Mihara is “very famous in the field of J-REIT transactions” and is held in high esteem for his in-depth knowledge of capital markets transactions and regulatory issues.
Miyuki Ishiguro draws widespread recognition for the first-rate counsel she delivers to clients on debt and equity transactions.
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto performs strongly with four practitioners achieving a listing.
Katsumasa Suzuki is well known for his top-tier handling of sophisticated debt and equity transactions.
Toshimitsu Nemoto is highly praised for his “excellent legal skill and experiences in corporate finance” and is lauded for his “brilliant business negotiation and stakeholder management skill”.
Kenji Paul Taneda at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom impresses market commentators with his expert handling of a range of complex cross-border capital markets transactions.
Peter Frost at Linklaters is a “highly regarded” capital markets specialist whose practice focuses on a range of debt and equity-linked transactions in the Japanese market.
Motoyasu Fujita is “very famous for capital markets transactions” according to impressed sources, who note that he “always does a great job”.
Clifford Chance’s Reiko Sakimura is very well known for market transactions and, in particular, is “highly regarded on eurobond-related issues”.
At Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Takahiro Saito is distinguished for his dedicated capital markets practice, which often sees him advising on global securities offerings by Japanese issuers.
Alan Cannon is recognised for his notable practice which sees him “regularly involved in high-profile capital market transactions”.
The “highly regarded” Jon Gray of Davis Polk & Wardwell is a “very famous capital markets lawyer” renowned for his “strong practice” in debt and equity capital markets.
At Sullivan & Cromwell, Keiji Hatano receives widespread commendations from peers who consider him a top name in Japan for M&A and capital markets transactions.
Hironori Shibata at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is looked upon with enormous favour for his first-class capital markets practice. One source dubs him “very famous” and adds: “I respect him very much.”