Clifford Chance LLP

Real Estate Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Offers comprehensive advice to financial institutions and investment funds as well as corporates on various real estate issues. Proficient in acquisitions and property development projects for the hospitality sector. Advises on the formation of joint ventures, as well as financing and refinancing matters. Sought after by foreign multinationals and European real estate investment funds to handle inbound real estate development matters.

Strengths"It's easy to trust and consult them because of their excellent ability to accurately grasp client needs," reports a client, explaining: "Many lawyers provide academic advice, but it is excellent that they can give qualified advice based on business practice."

"They respond carefully to our requests based on their experience and expertise in the real estate field," appreciates one source, with another adding: "I am particularly pleased with their commercial awareness."

Work highlights Advised AXA Investment Managers on the establishment of a long-term Japanese logistics joint venture with logistics real estate platform ESR and a sovereign wealth fund.

Notable practitioners

One source singles out Eiichi Kanda for his "good commercial awareness" and ability to provide "practical and sound advice which moves things in a positive direction." He enjoys praise from interviewees for his prowess in transactional real estate work, which spans acquisitions, disposals and investments. He is also adept at handling development projects and refinancing transactions.