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Japan

Since entering Japan in 1988, we have earned a reputation for providing innovative and high quality advice, steering complex transactions to a successful conclusion.

Our office covers the full gamut of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. Our projects and banking practice is recognised as one of the leading practices in the country. We are active across all sectors and have particular experience in the oil and gas, power, infrastructure, petrochemicals, life sciences, food and beverage and real estate sectors.

Our team offers both international and Japanese law capability. We are often the first port of call for domestic and foreign companies on both in-bound transactions and out-bound strategic transactions involving Japanese entities.

Through our long history in Tokyo, we are praised for our understanding of the cultural and other non-legal aspects of doing business in Japan. Coupled with our extensive network of offices around the world, this proves to be a powerful combination.

Our experience

A large syndicate of banks

A large syndicate of banks

Refinancing the acquisition debt incurred by a Japanese consortium for the Senoko power plant business in Singapore (we also acted on the original financing). This was the largest power asset financed on a limited recourse basis in Asia and is the largest SGD deal for a power asset.
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Its acquisition of a portfolio of project finance assets, comprising loans and related assets of approximately GBP3.3bn, from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
Barclays Wealth

Barclays Wealth

Eestablishing its Japanese private wealth joint venture with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Nikko Cordial Securities.
Daiwa Securities SMBC

Daiwa Securities SMBC

The acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Close Brothers Corporate Finance Holdings Ltd.
International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Japan ISDA Determinations Committee

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Japan ISDA Determinations Committee

The Japanese and English law issues relating to the occurrence of a number of credit events in the Japanese market and on the auction settlement of credit events in the Japanese market (including the credit events in respect of Aiful, JAL and Takefuji).
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

The largest Japanese syndicated loan to a central Asian nation (the Republic of Turkmenistan) to date.
JBIC and a number of Japan-based commercial lenders

JBIC and a number of Japan-based commercial lenders

Refinancing an acquisition financing borrowed by a special purpose vehicle owned by Marubeni Corporation to fund the acquisition of interests in three project companies in Chile.
JBIC and the commercial lenders

JBIC and the commercial lenders

The financing supporting the acquisition of power assets in Mexico from Gas Natural Internacional by Mitsui and Tokyo Gas. This involved an innovative and complex structure which had not been used before.
Kirin

Kirin

The disposal of its global agribio business to a fund controlled by H2 Equity Partners, a Dutch private equity fund.
The Import-Export Bank of Korea (KEXIM), JBIC and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

The Import-Export Bank of Korea (KEXIM), JBIC and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

The USD2.6bn financing of a USD3.7bn second-stage oil refinery complex in Cairo, Egypt.
The Republic of Indonesia

The Republic of Indonesia

The issuance of JPY35bn ten-year samurai bonds guaranteed by JBIC. These are the first samurai bonds guaranteed by JBIC.
The sponsors

The sponsors

The development and financing of a USD875m LNG regasification terminal in Manzanillo, Mexico. We believe this is the first project in which Japanese and Korean sponsors have worked together. Latin America Oil & Gas Deal of the Year, PFI Magazine 2010.

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Tokyo

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Port

News: 29 OCTOBER 2019

A&O advises on Lekki Port - Nigeria’s first deep sea port

Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited (LPLEL) has signed a USD629 million loan from China Development Bank (CDB) for the development of the first major part of Lekki deep sea port in Lagos State, Nigeria. LPLEL is owned by Singaporean conglomerate Tolaram Group and (subject to completion of its equity investment) China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

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Publications: 17 APRIL 2019

Analysing the impact of the AIFM Directive

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will have a major impact on the asset management sector as it regulates alternative investment fund managers who market or manage funds in Europe targeted at professional investors. With the rapid growth in alternative investment funds focussed on a wider range of asset classes the AIFMD heralds increased regulatory scrutiny on the sector.

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Recognised as a Tier 1 Corporate and M&A practice by Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018, we advise on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals and general commercial and regulatory matters for a range of clients.

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Isaac Uchiyama
Isaac Uchiyama

Senior BD Manager

Tokyo

Tokyo
  • Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho

    38F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

    Tokyo

    106-6138

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