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Asia-Pacific 2022
Japan Banking & Finance: Domestic
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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Nishimura & Asahi

Our team regularly assists renowned banks and financial institutions with various types of significant banking transactions, including asset financing, acquisition financing, and corporate and syndicated loans. Our team has the largest asset financing practice team in Japan, which regularly advises major Japanese leasing companies on various types of leasing transactions that include aircraft financing, ship financing, container leasing transactions and plant facilities leasing.

With respect to acquisition financing, a remarkable aspect that differentiates our team from other law firms is that our team has been providing advice not only to the financier side (i.e., banks and other financial institutions) but also to the borrower side. Indeed, our important clients in this practice area include domestic and international private equity funds actively making investments and borrowing money therefor in the sphere of acquisition financing. Another defining aspect of our team is that our key clients in this practice area include regional banks as well as major banks and financial institutions. Our team has been assisting many regional banks with various types of transactions, including corporate and syndicated loans and consolidation of regional banks. Recently, our team expanded its practice into the field of FinTech, where we assisted a start-up venture with its IPO.

Chambers Review

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Banking & Finance: Domestic - Japan
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What the team is known for

Highly reputed team advising on a variety of transactions, including hybrid financings. Nishimura & Asahi excels in asset financing and is experienced acting for major domestic and global financial institutions on complex regulatory issues. Areas of recent activity include LBO financings. Notable for its work advising both the lender and borrower sides in acquisition finance transactions. Can handle acquisitions across a range of industries such as real estate, manufacturing and the medical sphere. Key clients include Showa Denko, NAVER and Integral.

Strengths

One market source comments: "Nishimura & Asahi is a professional firm with lawyers who have a high degree of expertise."

"They are the most experienced and reliable office in the country for finance deals. There have many experienced lawyers and take client feedback very seriously. In addition, the legal team makes accurate judgements based on experience and precedents; all of them uphold the high standards of the office," remarks one client.

Work highlights

Nishimura & Asahi advised on the financing arrangements for Showa Denko’s JPY852 billion tender offer to acquire Hitachi Chemical.

Notable practitioners

Katsu Sengoku is head of Nishimura & Asahi's banking and finance team and is well versed in handling asset financing matters, with a particular emphasis on ship and aircraft financing. One respondent applauds his track record on international maritime cases, while another describes him as "very senior" and acknowledges the strength of his "brand name in this table."

Takashi Saito is a seasoned specialist in acquisition financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts and management buyouts. One client comments that "he can commit to understanding and growing the client's business; we received not only legal advice, but also advice on the logistics of working under the situation of Covid-19."

Kosuke Shibukawa is sought after for his expertise advising borrowers on ship leasing and asset finance transactions. A client notes that "he has a wealth of experience and delivers an extremely high level of performance," while another adds that "his judgement is accurate."

Ranked Lawyers at
Nishimura & Asahi

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Takashi Saito
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Takashi Saito
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Banking & Finance: Domestic Asset Finance

Katsu Sengoku
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Katsu Sengoku
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Kosuke Shibukawa
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Kosuke Shibukawa
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