Baker McKenzie

Projects Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Regularly instructed to advise on cross-border energy sector transactions, including off-take arrangements, tolling agreements, regulatory compliance and investment in natural resource assets. Highly proficient in advising on the development of LNG and coal-fired thermal power plant projects, and has recently grown a strong practice advising on solar projects, representing international contractors and developers. Routinely mandated by major institutional investors and trading houses, both Japanese and international.

Strengths One client notes: "Through many years of experience and frequent communication with them, they understand our company’s thoughts, visions or expected goals. Their performance is outstanding, and they offer good quality of service which is highly sensitive to clients' needs. The flexibility of their approach to individual projects in terms of manpower, quality and volume of advice, depending on the client’s needs, is one of their strengths."

Another interviewee appreciates the timely advice provided, reporting: "The partners and other lawyers respond to our urgent requests promptly."

Work highlights Advised Pacifico Energy KK on the structuring, establishment and financing of its second private solar fund, a JPY29 billion fund that will hold five Japanese solar plants totalling over 216 MW.

Notable practitioners


Ean Mac Pherson
enjoys a solid reputation with clients and offers notable expertise on both conventional and renewable energy projects. He handles a range of work from project development matters to energy sector transactions. Clients appreciate that he has "such a positive attitude, responds quickly to clients and understands their view."