Atsumi & Sakai

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for In demand for its advice on the purchase and sale of properties and for dealing with trust beneficial interests in domestic real estate. Also offers significant expertise in real estate finance, acting for domestic banks and financial institutions on syndicated and non-recourse loans as well as refinancings. Ably handles cross-border real estate transactions on behalf of foreign investors.

Strengths One client is impressed by the lawyers' handling of mandates, and reports: "They have a sound understanding of the legal and economic implications of transactions, and are able to mediate properly between the parties."

Work highlights Advised CBRE Global Investors on its acquisition of a greenfield site and the financing for the development of a logistics facility, managed through a TMK structure.

Notable practitioners

Russell Kawahara co-heads the firm's real estate practice and is highlighted by market sources for his seniority in the market. He is a seasoned practitioner with significant experience in advising real estate investment funds and financial institutions on cross-border real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals.