Morrison & Foerster LLP

Real Estate Department

Japan
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What the team is known for Market-leading team comprising foreign and local lawyers, which ably handles highly complex real estate acquisitions and financing, advising both domestic and multinational corporations. Distinguished for its depth of expertise in real estate fund formation, joint venture establishment and in the sales of real estate portfolios. Renowned for its inbound acquisitions practice. Equally capable of handling outbound real estate acquisitions.

Strengths One client has an "outstanding" impression of the lawyers, explaining: "They're very responsive and our projects go smoothly."

A market source describes the firm as "one of the major legal players in the real estate market."

"Compared to other firms, it's very easy to use Morrison & Foerster," reports another client, who describes the service as "speedy and high-quality."

Work highlights Advised GLP on the establishment of the largest ever Japan-focused logistics private real estate fund.

Notable practitioners

Joshua Isenberg frequently assists clients with the acquisition and disposal of real estate assets, with a particular emphasis on outbound transactions requiring complex financing structures. He is a popular choice among Japan-based investors looking to acquire and invest in projects and assets in the USA.

Junichi Kurokoshi is heavily involved in transactional real estate mandates, acting for an extensive domestic and foreign clientele including logistics companies, real estate developers and investment banks. He acts on a diverse array of matters including real estate acquisitions, financing transactions and fund formation.

Masahiro Shiga co-leads the real estate department and maintains a robust recognition among sources for his handling of cross-border real estate transactions and refinancing projects. Interviewees are impressed by his market activity and describe him as a "very experienced lawyer" who "works hard, and is easy to work with."

Standout practitioner Theodore Seltzer is recognised by market sources as a "very solid" name and "one of the main practitioners in the market." He focuses his practice on transactional real estate mandates, often involving complex finance structures and refinancing elements. He represents an impressive roster of domestic and international investors.