Japan: Project Finance 2018

This year’s research into the project finance market in Japan highlights 14 individuals for their outstanding work across industries including construction, shipping and energy.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Aled Davies Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, Tokyo
2. Scott Neilson Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho, Tokyo

Aled Davies* of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is an “outstanding project finance lawyer” and a “well-established name in the field”. He is described by one respondent as “probably the leading project finance guy in the market”.

Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho’s Scott Neilson* is a widely respected practitioner who is known for his great insight into such matters as multi-source financing and export credits to clients across a range of sectors.

Clifford Chance’s Ross Howard* is praised by commentators as a lawyer with “a lot of expertise” in the projects space. He has an impressive practice covering issues including energy and natural resource projects relating to the public sector.

At Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), Naoaki Eguchi is “a great project finance lawyer” and “a legend in the space”. He is recognised for his particularly strong expertise in matters relating to infrastructure projects and PPPs.

White & Case’s Paul Harrison* enjoys an excellent reputation in the Japanese market with sources continuing to rate him highly for his work acting for lenders, borrowers and sponsors on a range of projects in industries such as energy and shipping.

Takashi Akahane of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is "a legend in project finance" who is "well known in the Japanese market" for his expertise in PPPs and infrastructure projects.

Nishimura & Asahi’s Tomohiro Sato is a top name in the Japanese project finance space who offers clients a wealth of expertise across the infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

Shearman & Sterling’s Etienne Gelencsér* is “one of the best project finance lawyers” in Japan according to respondents. He stands out for his excellent work on fund formations and fund investment across the energy, mining and real estate sectors.

Rintaro Hirano of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is an outstanding practitioner whose practice sees him advise clients on infrastructure and natural resources projects, with expertise in airport bidding processes and solar power.


*foreign-qualified lawyer

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