Japan: Energy & Natural Resources 2018

In this chapter we highlight 18 eminent energy and natural resources lawyers for their expertise spanning projects, transactional advice and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Rupert Burrows Mayer Brown LLP, Tokyo
2. John McClenahan King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho, Tokyo
3. Paul Harrison White & Case LLP, Tokyo
4. Aled Davies Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, Tokyo


Two lawyers from King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho are listed here.
John McClenahan* is a long-standing fixture in the energy market in Japan. He is a specialist in project development and financing and is regularly engaged to advise on major transactions. 
Rupert Lewi* is a highly regarded lawyer for M&A transactions and project-related advice across the oil and gas and mining industries.

White & Case also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Paul Harrison* is widely endorsed as an “excellent” energy lawyer who is well known for his intricate knowledge and vast experience in global energy and power projects.
Alexander Woody* is a seasoned project development lawyer and is well versed in handling an array of sophisticated financing transactions.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy sees two lawyers listed here.
Aled Davies* is “a big name in the market” according to peers, who speak highly of his expertise in international energy and infrastructure developments.
Justen Fleming* is a distinguished lawyer with extensive expertise in the LNG space. His expertise spans Asian and North American projects in the power, petrochemical and coal sectors.

Morrison & Foerster is home to two highly regarded energy and natural resources lawyers.
Michael Graffagna* is a seasoned expert in project development and financing matters. His areas of expertise include coal, gas and geothermal projects and he is well regarded for his superb industry experience.
Dale Caldwell* is highly visible in the energy market and is regularly engaged to advise sponsors and contractors on large-scale projects.

This chapter features two experts from Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise).
Gavin Raftery* is a highly regarded lawyer who is known for his extensive expertise in banking and financial matters. He is a trusted adviser to Japanese and international clients in the energy industry.
Anne Hung* heads the firm’s projects and energy practice in Tokyo and is very well known for her experience advising Japanese energy and mining companies on major power projects.

At Mayer Brown, Rupert Burrows* is a leading figure in the market and a go-to practitioner. He stands out as “a great lawyer” and is known for his intricate knowledge of energy and infrastructure projects.

At Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, James Atkin* is a prominent name in the market who comes highly recommended by sources for his expert handling of complex transactions across the oil and gas sector.


*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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