White & Case LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Highly versatile team that acts for investment companies and sovereign funds in the acquisition and financing of commercial and multipurpose properties. Skilled in offering comprehensive advice, drawing upon its depth of expertise in domestic and international law. Equally capable of handling both inbound and outbound real estate transactions. Noted for its expertise in the formation and structuring of real estate funds and joint ventures.

Strengths One client reports that the lawyers are "very reliable and respond very promptly," adding: "They have a great understanding of the law, but are also very commercial in trying to find solutions."

"They understand our business structure and can provide us with practical advice," appreciates another source.

Work highlights Acted for ESR on its real estate logistics joint venture with AXA Investment Managers and a major sovereign wealth fund.

Notable practitioners

Mizuho Yamada enters the rankings this year after winning significant praise from clients for his "hands-on, commercial and client-friendly" approach to mandates. His broad real estate practice spans financing transactions, acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets. "He has business sense, negotiation skills and language capabilities," enthuses a source, adding: "He understands clients quickly, responds promptly and also has project management abilities."

Seasoned practitioner Tetsuya Morimoto has over two decades of experience advising real estate developers and financial institutions on various real estate mandates. He typically handles inbound acquisitions and investments on behalf of international clients.