Japan: Construction & Real Estate 2018

This chapter features 29 impressive construction and real estate lawyers in Japan. The individuals listed here are well known for their expert advice to companies, investors and contractors alike.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Eriko Ozawa Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
2. Masahiro Shiga Morrison & Foerster LLP, Tokyo
3. Mizuho Yamada White & Case LLP, Tokyo
4. Emma Kratochvilova Herbert Smith Freehills GJBJ, Tokyo
5. Tetsuya Morimoto White & Case LLP, Tokyo

Full-service national firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto achieves four listings in this chapter.
Eriko Ozawa is a pre-eminent figure in the market. Peers say, “She is a top-tier lawyer who is always great to work with,” and speak highly of her expertise in real estate investment and financing matters.
Yasuhiko Fujitsu is celebrated as “an excellent J-REIT lawyer”. He has a strong transactional practice and enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in real estate.
Masanori Sato is highlighted as “a very famous lawyer in Japan” and impresses market commentators with his “excellent real estate securitisation practice”.
Noboru Suwa stands out for his superb knowledge of real estate securitisation matters and impresses clients, one of whom praises “his in-depth understanding of our business and his very accurate advice”.

Four lawyers from Morrison & Foerster are listed here.
Masahiro Shiga stands out as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the Japanese market. He draws praise as “a very flexible and responsive lawyer” who is “great to work with” on real estate financing and investment matters.
Junichi Kurokoshi is a “highly recommended” real estate lawyer. He is regularly engaged to advise foreign investors on inbound investments and is a go-to adviser to Japanese companies investing in the US.
The “excellent” Theodore Seltzer* is a trusted adviser to major investors in the real estate sector. He has a strong cross-border practice and is involved in major development transactions.
Narutake Takasu is a high-profile figure in the market, known for his “excellent representation of major foreign funds” in real estate transactions.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Emma Kratochvilova* is one of the best-known construction lawyers in the Japanese market. She draws high praise for her excellent work on complex construction projects.
Christopher Hunt* is “a big name” according to sources who commend him for his impressive work handling construction-related disputes for both domestic and foreign clients.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Naohiro Nishimura is “a very big name” who stands out for his first-rate transactional practice. He is regarded as a knowledgeable expert on real estate transactions and investment.
Shunpei Tanaka is “a well-recognised real estate lawyer” who comes highly recommended by market sources for his expert handling of restructurings, transactions and financings across the real estate sector.

White & Case sees three lawyers listed here.
Mizuho Yamada draws praise as “an excellent lawyer” with deep expertise in financial transactions. He is regularly engaged to advise investors in real estate deals and is a well-known financing expert.
Tetsuya Morimoto “is an outstanding and extremely experienced lawyer”. With over 25 years’ experience in real estate, he comes highly regarded as “a very senior authority” in the market.
Gerald Fujii is a prominent figure in the Japanese real estate sector, known for his extensive experience on large-scale transactions and financing deals.

Two Nishimura & Asahi lawyers are highlighted in this year’s research.
Norio Maeda is regarded as “a very big name” in Japan. He has broad expertise in complex acquisition and financing transactions and is widely regarded as “an excellent player in the market”.
Yoshiaki Ikeda specialises in real estate and financing matters and is “very well known” for his work in the space.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe sees two lawyers listed here.
Yuko Ino is known for her expert advice to large foreign investment funds and is described by peers as “a very good operator” in large, sophisticated transactions.
Toshihiko Tsuchiya is well versed in asset securitisation and liquification and is highlighted as an “excellent” lawyer for his deep expertise in the real estate sector.


*foreign-qualified lawyer

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