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Morrison & Foerster LLP

Projects & Energy: International

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What the team is known for

Counsel to significant clients on development and financing mandates, especially for projects located in Japan, South-East Asia, the USA and Latin America. Solar, gas and LNG are areas of particular expertise. Also maintains a strong record in handling IPP bids, restructuring of joint ventures and expansion of existing projects. Coordinated team of both bengoshi and New York-qualified lawyers allows for a holistic cross-border practice. Remains active advising on renewable projects, most notably in the solar power sector.

Strengths

A client says of this offering: "They are extremely business- and solution-oriented, which sets them apart from other firms who are too focused on risk and absolute certainty. While the firm advises on the risks, we appreciate the effort and analysis that they then undertake to offer solutions."

Another client appreciates the "good quality of legal advice and customer-oriented support" the team offers.

Work highlights

Represented Tokyo Gas in a joint venture development agreement with First Gen to develop an LNG import and regasification terminal in the Philippines.

Notable practitioners

Dale Caldwell is a highly rated projects and energy lawyer with an impressive track record on projects and transactions in the sector. One client comments: "He has never left any doubt that he has our best interests at heart. He clearly lays out the boundaries of commercial and legal items and walks us through the pros and cons of major commercial determinations. He is a great counsel, not only on specific deals but for the business as a whole."

Michael Graffagna is, in the words of one client, "highly experienced in all aspects of projects work, whether it is construction or project finance." He is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience in projects and energy work. One client reports: "He provides very efficient work and has good commercial sense. As he is fluent in Japanese, his communication capability helps us when it is difficult to explain complicated things in English."

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Overview

The projects & energy team in Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office is dedicated to providing innovative and business-minded solutions to our international clients in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, operation, restructuring and divestment of infrastructure assets. We bring together the knowledge and experience of projects, finance, M&A, regulatory, tax and dispute resolution specialists located in key financial centers throughout the world. Our areas of expertise include conventional, renewable and nuclear power generation, LNG, oil and gas, mining, transportation, Cleantech, and alternative fuels.

Projects & Energy: International Department

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Department location

Shin-Marunouchi Building, 29th Floor

5-1, Marunouchi 1-chome

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo-to

Japan

100-6529

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Projects & Energy: International


Dale Caldwell
Band 2
Michael Graffagna
Band 3