Japan: Capital Markets 2018

In this chapter we identify 24 outstanding individuals for their work in the field of capital markets. These practitioners are highlighted for their knowledge of IPOs, merger controls and debt and equity offerings. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jon Gray Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Tokyo
2. Katsumasa Suzuki Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
3. Hironori Shibata Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo
4. Reiko Sakimura Clifford Chance, Tokyo

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu continues to be a dominating force in the market as six of its practitioners gain recognition here.
The “very famous” Hidetaka Mihara is a widely recognised figure in the market whose expertise runs the gamut of capital markets issues and corporate transactions.
Masatsura Kadota is a specialist in the offerings side of capital markets, known for his ability to advise clients on matters concerning IPOs, securities, shares and debt offerings.
Atsushi Yamashita focuses his top-notch practice on debt capital markets and continues to impress peers with his knowledge on debt issuing in foreign and domestic jurisdictions.
Fumihide Sugimoto is well regarded for his advisory work on securities and debt offerings in addition to his excellent work on IPOs and fundraising for financial institutions.
Shinichi Araki has strong expertise in the securities and IPO areas as well as in the regulatory side. He wins praise for his impressive work acting in high-profile cases.
Miyuki Ishiguro is well known among peers for her strong knowledge of capital markets law, an area in which she stands out as a great expert.  

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto achieves three listings in this chapter.
Katsumasa Suzuki is considered by sources to be “very active” and a “major player” in the capital markets field, impressing peers and clients alike with his ability to express advice “clearly and concisely” and his knowledge of global offerings and disclosure.
Toru Ishiguro is recognised as a “very senior figure” in the field. He boasts extensive experience advising clients on a range of capital markets issues that involve offerings, securities and shares.
Masanori Sato is a strong capital markets practitioner who specialises in finance structuring and is highly regarded for his first-rate work in the field.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett gains two listings in this year’s research.
Takahiro Saito* is highlighted by peers as “very active in capital markets” and has vast experience advising clients on global securities offerings and high-value IPOs.
Alan Cannon* is a well-respected capital markets lawyer who draws considerable praise for his work advising underwriters and other clients on a range of issues including securities, debt offerings and IPOs.

Linklaters Tokyo sees two practitioners recognised here.
Peter Frost* is “famous for handling Eurobonds transactions” and is highly regarded for his advisory work on matters relating to bonds, as well as hybrid transactions and equity offerings.
Motoyasu Fujita draws praise for his expertise in derivatives and equity transactions, marking him as a strong player in the capital markets space.

Jon Gray* at Davis Polk & Wardwell is the foremost capital markets lawyer in the country. He is said to be “very famous in US equity finance”, a testament to his experience advising clients on US and cross-border issues involving regulatory and transactional matters.

At Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Hironori Shibata stands out as one of the country’s most prominent capital markets practitioners. He is known as an expert in securities issues and is well respected for his top-tier work in the field.

At Clifford Chance, Reiko Sakimura* is “a leading capital markets lawyer in Tokyo” who is “well liked in the market”. Her expertise in debt and equity offerings among other capital markets issues makes her a highly sought-after practitioner in the field.


*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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