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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Banking & Finance

1 ranked lawyersBand 2JapanAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly renowned full-service team representing both banks and blue-chip corporations in acquisition finance. Additional expertise in project and structured finance, notably on cross-border power sector mandates. Deep bench of bengoshi also gives it a strong presence acting for clients on complex domestic matters. Additionally active advising on matters in the fintech sector.

Strengths

The team stands out for providing advice that "incorporated its legal skills and experiences into real business situations."

A client also states that the department's accuracy and depth of knowledge mean that "it would be reassuring for all lenders to hear that Baker McKenzie is the lender counsel."

Work highlights

Provided advice to Mizuho Bank on the financing of Z Holdings' purchase of a 50.1% stake in ZOZO.

Notable practitioners

Clients highlight Shinichiro Kitamura 's acquisition finance expertise and note that he is "well accustomed to dealing with cross-border finance deals." They also comment on how he uses his experience to "proactively identify issues that financial institutions are not aware of."

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Japan

Banking & Finance: Domestic


Shinichiro Kitamura
Band 2