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Asia-Pacific 2022
Japan Banking & Finance: Domestic
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What the team is known for

White & Case boasts a well-respected asset finance practice, most notably representing major clients on significant aircraft finance transactions. Additionally represents clients on regulatory and structured finance matters and possesses experience in export credit financing. Growing bench of finance practitioners with expertise in complex acquisition finance and refinancings. Key clients include Mizuho Bank, MUFG Bank and Nomura Capital Investment.

Strengths

An impressed client enthuses: "We found the firm extremely resourceful, prompt and supportive. The team is experienced and knowledgeable in structured transactions and their global network is a valuable asset."

White & Case is praised for its "specialised knowledge," with the source noting: "They provide not only legal advice but also advice from a commercial point of view; they're high-level in all aspects."

Work highlights

White & Case advised SMBC on the financing of Bain Capital Private Equity's USD633 million acquisition of Showa Aircraft Industry from Mitsui E&S Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Keisuke Imon is a leading name in the asset finance field and someone to whom interviewees feel comfortable referring work. He is often sought out by major banks for advice on JOLCOs and aircraft financings and leasings. A client praises him as "the best aviation lawyer in Japan," while another highlights him as an "excellent lawyer who can provide both legal services and sound business judgement to his clients."

Zenya Onishi is head of White & Case's debt and asset finance team and operates a highly visible lender and sponsor-side practice. He has a strong track record of advising on syndicated loan transactions and is described by a client as "very good at organising negotiations with a flexible attitude."

Shusuke Fukunaga is a rising star who advises on domestic and cross-border financings, with a particular focus on aircraft and ship financing. A client describes him as "diligent and knowledgeable," while another source states: "He is polite, responds quickly and has a wealth of experience and knowledge."

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Zenya Onishi
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Banking & Finance: Domestic Asset Finance

Keisuke Imon
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Keisuke Imon
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Shusuke Fukunaga
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Shusuke Fukunaga
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