Clifford Chance LLP

Banking & Finance: Domestic Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Unparalleled knowledge in advising major banks, private equity sponsors and corporates on a wide range of financings. Work covers negotiating revolving credit facilities, refinancing and acquisition financing, as well as offering services on syndicated and corporate loans. Offers notable strength in asset finance, and shows particular expertise in aircraft financings. Also called upon regularly by major institutions to advise on a range of regulatory issues. Leverages the support of colleagues in Hong Kong, New York and Singapore to advise on cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients attest to the team's proficiency in the aviation sector, calling it "one of the best firms in aircraft finance."

It is also highlighted as "client-oriented, straight to the point and capable in cross-border transactions."

Work highlights Advised JBIC in relation to ANA Holdings' efforts to obtain financing for the importation of aircraft from the USA.

Notable practitioners


Akihiko Takamatsu
demonstrates a heavy focus on aircraft finance. Respondents comment that "his support was helpful" and commend him for addressing their concerns "in a timely manner."


Yusuke Abe
acts across a range of issues, such as aviation and acquisition finance, syndicated lending and corporate finance. He is complimented on his "high communication skills," the depth of his legal knowledge and his capacity to remain responsive and client-friendly while providing "to-the-point advice."