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Asia-Pacific Japan Real Estate

Includes transactional advice related to the acquisition, planning and development, leasing and disposal of real estate assets. Clients typically include large real estate holding companies, investment funds and REITs. Corporate matters related to real estate include M&A of large real estate holding companies, complex fund and REIT transactions, private equity and public securities. These real estate lawyers are distinct from pure corporate lawyers in that they typically come from a real estate background and have an understanding of the underlying asset and land law required by their real estate for their clients.

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Band 1
  1. Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
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    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has a market-leading team handling a diverse range of transactions, including property acquisitions, financings, and the development of funds focused on real estate. The firm is well known for providing advice to J-REITs, major banks, real estate developers and logistics companies. Its additional expertise in handling property portfolios and representing real estate companies in capital market transactions, including IPOs and follow-on public offerings. Its key clients include Daiwa Capital Markets, Nomura International, Morgan Stanley & Co, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets and Kenedix Residential Next Investment Corporation.
  2. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
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    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is engaged by a range of renowned financial institutions and asset management companies in sophisticated property acquisitions and disposal of trust beneficial interests. The team's areas of expertise also include real estate debt financings, public offerings and other J-REIT issues. It offers advice on TMK and GK-TK structures for setting up funds. The firm handles both domestic and outbound real estate acquisitions on behalf of multinational corporations, foreign entities and Japan-based investors. Its key clients include Daiwa House Logistics Trust, Daiwa House Industry, Hulic, and Kintetsu Railway.
  3. Morrison Foerster
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    Morrison Foerster
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Morrison Foerster has a market-leading team comprising foreign and local lawyers, which ably handles highly complex real estate acquisitions and financing, advising both domestic and multinational corporations. It is distinguished for its depth of expertise in real estate fund formation, joint venture establishment, real estate acquisitions and in the sales of real estate portfolios. The firm is renowned for its inbound acquisitions practice and equally capable of handling outbound real estate acquisitions. Its key clients include Macquarie Asset Management, Seikisui House, and GLP.
  4. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
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    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is noted for offering advice to domestic and multinational investors on complex real estate transactions, including demergers, joint ventures and acquisitions. J-REITs features heavily in the team's workload along with fund formation work. It is especially notable for its expertise in hotel acquisition and financing matters and also active on IPOs for real estate companies. The team is able to advise clients on acquisitions of offshore real estate assets. Its key clients include Dentsu Group, Invesco Office J-REIT, KKR, Equinix Japan and Mitsui Fudosan.
  5. Nishimura & Asahi
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    Nishimura & Asahi
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Nishimura & Asahi has a high-profile team regularly engaged by international and domestic institutions in large-scale acquisitions and developments of prime property. The firm continues to act on financings and various transactions on behalf of REITs. The team regularly advises Japanese real estate companies on transactions across North and South-East Asia. It is experienced in acting as the arranger's counsel on big-ticket real estate acquisitions and also assists foreign investors with their real estate acquisitions in Japan. Its key clients include Invesco Office J-REIT, Mizuho Trust & Banking, Blackstone Group Japan and JR East Real Estate Asset Management.
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Band 2
  1. Clifford Chance
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    Clifford Chance
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 2 | 6 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance offers comprehensive advice to domestic and global financial institutions, investment funds and corporates on various real estate issues. The firm is proficient in acquisitions and property development projects for the hospitality sector. The team advises on the formation of joint ventures, as well as financing and refinancing matters. It is sought after by foreign multinationals and US-based investors to handle inbound real estate development matters. Its key clients include ESR, CBRE Investment Management and Allianz Real Estate.
  2. White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)
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    White & Case LLP - White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    White & Case is a highly versatile team that acts for a portfolio of Japanese and international investment companies and sovereign funds on the acquisition and financing of commercial and multipurpose properties. The firm is skilled in offering comprehensive advice, drawing upon its depth of expertise in domestic and international law. The team is equally capable of handling both inbound and outbound real estate transactions. It is noted for its expertise in the formation and structuring of real estate funds and joint ventures. Its key clients include Starwood Capital Group and ESR Cayman Limited.
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    Withers Japan
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Withers has a respected team comprising local and foreign-registered lawyers, with a strong focus on assisting an impressive clientele with complex cross-border real estate transactions. The firm is able to guide clients through the financing, development and leasing aspects of real estate mandates. The team is also able to offer expertise in fund formation and the structuring of joint ventures.
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Band 3
  1. Atsumi & Sakai
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    Atsumi & Sakai
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Atsumi & Sakai is in demand for its skilful handling of the purchase and sale of properties and for dealing with trust beneficial interests in domestic real estate. The firm also offers significant expertise in real estate finance, acting for domestic banks and financial institutions on syndicated and non-recourse loans as well as refinancings. The team ably handles cross-border real estate transactions on behalf of foreign investors.
  2. TMI Associates
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    TMI Associates
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    TMI Associates offers considerable expertise to clients on the acquisition and development of commercial, residential and industrial properties. The firm is also experienced in resolving tax issues pertaining to major property transactions, including TMK and GK-TK structures. The team assists with real estate financing and securitisation. It is active on behalf of clients in the real estate crowdfunding space.
  3. Ushijima & Partners
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    Ushijima & Partners
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Ushijima & Partners is a respected domestic outfit that handles a wide range of real estate transactions and securitisation matters. The firm acts for a diverse array of banks, multinational corporations, asset management companies and real estate investment companies. The team is well known for its expertise in handling real estate-related litigation involving leasing issues, land pollution and construction.
  4. Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3
  5. Greenberg Traurig Tokyo Law Offices
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. City-Yuwa Partners
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    City-Yuwa Partners
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    City-Yuwa Partners has a strong practice with expertise across real estate transactions and regulatory mandates. The team also assists with large development projects, including office and hotel projects. Its key clients include real estate developers, real estate asset managers and investment funds.
  2. Jones Day
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    Jones Day
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 6 Years Ranked
    Jones Day has an established team that advises major clients on development projects, acquisitions and investments into real estate. The firm has a proven track record in assisting on transactions involving commercial buildings and condominiums. The team assists real estate funds investing into the Japanese real estate using TMK and GK-TK schemes. It is routinely sought after for its domestic real estate expertise in Japan. Its key clients include PAG, Macquarie Securities Capital Japan and GF Corporation.
  3. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Real Estate
    Asia-Pacific 2023 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is frequently mandated on real estate acquisitions in the residential, retail and hospitality sectors. The firm has further strength in negotiating with domestic banks on real estate financings. The team utilises the expertise of its global network and frequently collaborates with colleagues in the USA to represent international clients on substantial inbound transactions. It is also able to advise on the establishment and structuring of real estate funds and crowdfunding platforms. Its key clients include Fortress Investment Group and Manulife Life Insurance Company.