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Projects & Energy: International

2 ranked lawyersBand 2JapanAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Advises on a broad suite of matters including infrastructure, LNG and renewable power projects. Leverages a comprehensive international network to advise Japanese lenders and sponsors on an array of complex cross-border financings. Client base includes both commercial banks and Japanese ECAs. Advises on projects across Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as in Japan. Particularly active of late on upstream financing of gas-fired power plant projects.

Strengths

One client reports: "We think the firm has been highly responsive to client needs. The firm’s proposal is realistic in terms of commercial matters and the timeline of the project, and they understand the importance to avoid an inefficient method. We believe the firm is one of the best in the market."

Another client says: "We always put them on the list. They understand our requirements and they are hard-working. Their advice is always carefully catered to us, and their opinions are always very clear and very helpful."

Work highlights

Acted as common lenders' counsel to JBIC, ADB and commercial lenders on the USD1.36 billion project financing of a 2,500 MW Gulf gas-fired IPP in Thailand.

Notable practitioners

Hirofumi Taba is a "great lawyer" and is both "prompt and prudent," according to interviewees. He is best known for his work on renewable projects, and also regularly handles energy sector investments. One client comments: "He is very, very commercial, he offers excellent technical skills and I have strong confidence working with him. He is my right-hand man for projects."

"Detail-oriented" John Maxwell moves up in the rankings on the back of a strong caseload and feedback from sources, who appreciate that he is "very good with clients, experienced and fun to work with." He is widely viewed as a prominent figure in the market, offering clients extensive experience on project finance matters. Another client adds: "He was able to come in and resolve difficult issues that arose. I appreciate his contribution to the project."

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Overview

Linklaters has a senior team of projects, energy and infrastructure experts who are leaders in their field winning and leading large-scale mandates from Tokyo. We advise a mix of Japanese ECAs and commercial banks, Japanese trading companies/utility companies, international lenders and international sponsors on some of the most complex and strategically important transactions in Africa, Asia Pacific (including the sub-continent), Europe and the Middle East. Our co-ordinated regional and global sector teams are enhanced by our formal association with Widyawan Partners in Indonesia.

We continue to have notable success supporting a mix of lenders as well as project sponsors / developers on complex renewable transactions.

We have leading Tokyo based funds and securitisation practices. This enables us to advise Japan headquartered projects clients on (i) a range of energy and infrastructure asset investments through innovative fund structures and (ii) the securitisation of their project finance loan portfolios. Both activities remain a national priority for Japan Inc. and something we feel none of our ‘top tier’ international project finance competition can rival.

Projects & Energy: International Department

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Meiji Yasuda Building 10F

1-1 Marunouchi 2-chome

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo-to

Japan

100-0005

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Projects & Energy: International


Hirofumi Taba
Band 3
John Maxwell
Band 1