Withers LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Expanding team comprising local and lawyers, which focuses on handling complex cross-border real estate transactions. Able to guide clients through the financing, development and leasing aspects of real estate mandates. Also able to offer expertise in fund formation and the structuring of joint ventures.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the team's lawyers, with one noting: "They are responsive with quick turnaround on most matters. The client service is great, we are being directed to the right lawyers when needed. Our project requires great sense of commercial awareness, and Withers is able to provide advice accordingly."

Another source provides similar feedback: "They are our go-to outside counsel because of the service they provide, as well as the commercial awareness they bring to our deals."

Work highlights Acted for PAG Investment Management on the JPY19 billion refinancing of a logistics facility located in Osaka.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Gerald Fujii is "very commercial, practical and also great at understanding potential risks and advising us on risk mitigation." He advises a diverse domestic and international clientele on a wide array of cross-border mandates spanning acquisitions, disposals, financing and leasing transactions.

Toshihiko Tsuchiya is recognised by one source as a "highly regarded" and "talented guy." He assists clients with a range of acquisitions, disposals, development projects and leasing transactions. His international clients benefit from his status as a dual-qualified lawyer for both Japan and New York.