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National Leader

Japan - Project Finance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Takashi Akahane works with public and private clients in financing major infrastructure projects, and possesses strong experience of managing PPP agreements.


Takashi Akahane is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, whose practice includes project finance, PFI/PPP (public-private partnership), and various financial transactions. Mr Akahane has represented national government bodies, local governments, private companies and financiers in numerous PFI/PPP and procurement projects, including all prison projects initiated by the Ministry of Justice, the New Kansai International Airport project, currently the largest ever PFI/concession project in Japan and many more. Mr Akahane also advises various Japanese ministries, municipalities, multinationals and private-sector organisations regarding social and economic infrastructure projects.

In addition to his experience in private practice, he served as counsel from 1997 to 1998 at the office of the general counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London headquarters), during which he assisted in the modernisation of the commercial laws of transitional countries, including central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union. Mr Akahane has also served, inter alia, as an expert member of the committee for promotion of PFI in the Prime Minister's office (PFI committee); and a member of the review committee for airport operations, within the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism .

Mr Akahane is a graduate of Tokyo University (LLB, 1987) and Georgetown University (LLM, 1994); and is admitted to the Bars of Japan (1989) and New York (1995).

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