Japan: Banking 2018

This year’s research highlights 17 top banking lawyers for their expertise spanning complex financial transactions and regulatory matters. They advise leading corporates, banks and financial institutions and have been recommended as the go-to lawyers in the space.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Toru Ishiguro Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
2. Satoshi Inoue Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo
3. Naoki Kinami Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo, Tokyo

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a leading firm in this year’s research and sees three experts listed here.
Toru Ishiguro has a first-rate finance practice and stands out as a seasoned regulatory expert. He has decades of experience and is highly regarded for his work in the space.
Yuto Matsumura has a strong international practice with experience spanning finance transactions in Asia, Latin America, the EU and the Middle East.
Masanori Sato draws praise as “one of the leading banking lawyers in Japan” and is highlighted for his extensive expertise handling real estate securitisations.

At Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Satoshi Inoue impresses peers with his in-depth knowledge of complex financial regulations and structured finance transactions.

Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo’s Naoki Kinami is highlighted as “a very senior and experienced practitioner”. With over 40 years’ experience, he is a go-to adviser to banks and financial institutions.

Masaru Ono is a leading light at Nishimura & Asahi. Peers say, “He is a great and very famous lawyer” with long-standing expertise in the banking sector. 

At Morrison & Foerster, Akihiro Wani enjoys an excellent reputation as “a great banking lawyer”. He has broad experience in the financial sector and is described by one peer as “the king of derivatives”.

Tsuyoshi Imai is a standout practitioner at Ropes & Gray. Peers say, “He is very famous in the acquisition finance market,” and speak highly of his experience handling large-scale transactions. 

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho is home to John McClenahan*, a highly regarded finance lawyer with wide-ranging experience in major infrastructure, energy and transport projects. According to one peer, “He is a leader in ship financing.”

Gavin Raftery* leads the regional banking practice at Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise). Peers describe him as an “excellent” banking lawyer and he enjoys a superb reputation for his work in complex financing transactions.


*foreign-qualified lawyer

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