This chapter sees 14 impressive lawyers highlighted for their work handling fund formation and regulatory matters.
Most Highly Regarded
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto sees three practitioners listed this year.
Ken Miura is “very well known” in the field and is “highly respected” for his reputable practice, which sees him handle a broad range of finance and regulatory issues.
Yasuzo Takeno is a long-standing figure in the private funds space who is “well known and respected” by peers in the market.
Eriko Ozawa is endorsed by peers who “really like her” and commend her for being “very commercial and very easy to work with”.
Kunihiko Morishita at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is “extremely well known” among peers, who highlight his depth of experience representing financial institutions and investment management companies before regulatory authorities.
Koichi Miyamoto “deserves to be on the list” for his vast experience doing work in private equity infrastructure, as well as his knowledge of Japanese financial instruments and exchange law.
At Nishimura & Asahi, Masaru Ono is highlighted for his impressive work handling a range of matters including investment structuring.
Kei Ito is one of the “long-time giants in the industry” and is considered “such a smart, calm, cool and collected guy”. He always “gives the client what they need to hear and is excellent at focusing on the solutions”, according to a respondent who adds: “He is one of my top choices among Japanese domestic practice.”
The “excellent” Keiko Shimizu of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is “very familiar with this area” and “understands the industry better than anyone”. One source calls her “my number-one favourite person to work with” and adds: “If I were a client she would be one of my first choices.”
Mark Davies* at King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho is renowned for his “great experience in this field” and excellent work on the structuring and formation of private investment funds.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s David Azcue* is highly commended for his private funds practice, an area in which he is a top name in the Japanese market.
Tomoko Fuminaga at Morgan Lewis & Bockius is applauded for being extremely “smart and efficient” and for expertly catering to the needs of her clients.
Christopher Wells* has a “stellar reputation” as “one of the giants of the industry” thanks to his leading practice, which focuses on fund formations and advising clients on regulatory and compliance matters.
Etienne Gelencsér* of Shearman & Sterling garners much respect from sources for his expert know-how on fund formation and fund investment for sponsors and investors in private equity transactions.
Withers Bengoshi Houjin’s Koji Yamamoto has built a significant profile in the Japanese private fund arena, thanks to his strong ability to advise on a range of private equity transactions.