Japan: Aviation 2018

In this chapter we recognise 11 of the leading lawyers in the Japanese aviation market, who stand out for their excellent work handling contentious, financial and regulatory matters.

Full-service domestic firm Nishimura & Asahi sees three impressive practitioners highlighted for their excellent work in the field.
Katsu Sengoku is regarded by peers as “the leading authority on aircraft leasing in Japan” and is commended for his “first-rate” work and extensive experience in the sector.
Kosuke Shibukawa is well known among market commentators who praise his expert handling of asset finance and transactional work within the aviation industry.
Kentaro Miyagi stands out in the market and comes highly recommended for his top-notch work advising Japanese airlines and foreign investors in Japan on aviation-related transactions.

At White & Case, Simon Collins* receives widespread plaudits from peers who highlight his strong transactional expertise across the aviation and shipping sectors.  
Keisuke Imon
focuses his impressive practice on asset financing matters, an area in which he is highly sought after by clients for his invaluable knowledge and experience.

Takahiro Kawaguchi at K&L Gates Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise is “very active” in the Japanese aviation sector, where he regularly handles aircraft financing matters.
Robert Melson Jr* is a well-recognised figure in the Japanese market who is commended for his excellent work on aircraft leasing and financing matters.

Clifford Chance’s Hidehiko Suzuki boasts “a fantastic aircraft finance practice” and is applauded by respondents who consider him “very strong on aviation transactions”.

Hisao Hirose at Squire Patton Boggs - Squire Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho is “very famous across the transport sector” and is widely respected by market sources who note, “He is very visible on aviation transactions.”

At Okabe & Yamaguchi, Shuji Yamaguchi continues to impress peers and clients alike with his strong transport practice that encompasses a range of aviation disputes and claims.

Keiji Isaji at Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office is a disputes specialist who is well versed in handling a wide array of aviation-related matters from accident claims to regulatory issues.


*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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