Chris Viner is a corporate and project finance lawyer based in London and Tokyo. He focuses on advising on corporate law, securities transactions and project finance in emerging markets.
Chris has a wide experience of advising on mergers and acquisitions, banking and project finance and he brings over twenty years experience across a range of developed and emerging markets. Sector expertises include: energy (power, clean energy and carbon finance), water and port infrastructure, transportation, telecoms and financial institutions.
He is regularly recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific for his work in Japan, receiving feedback that he ‘impresses clients across the board as a “responsive and very diligent” practitioner who offers focused advice,’ (Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015) and ‘[has] a good understanding of Japanese business culture’ (Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015).
He is also described in Chambers Asia Pacific as “skilled in handling M&A transactions in the energy, resources and infrastructure spaces”. Commentators praise his proactive approach, commerciality and strong client focus, one remarking: “If I were his client, I'd feel very comfortable.”
Chris studied law at Cambridge University, qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is licensed to advise on English Law in Japan as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer). Chris previously headed our English law practice in the CIS.
A native English speaker, Chris also speaks fluent Russian and holds a commercial diploma in German. He has a working knowledge of Japanese.