Banking and finance

With more than 800 lawyers situated in the world’s financial centers, our global banking and finance team has one of the longest histories of any law firm in the field, advising major banks, finance providers, export credit agencies, corporate and sovereign entities and other participants in the global banking and finance arena.

Adept at handling cross-border matters due to its spread of offices, including China, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Japan.” Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2021

We advise across the full spectrum of legal banking and finance matters, acting for parties ranging from multinational lenders to growth corporations. Clients depend on us for legal advice on day-to-day banking and finance issues for issuers, underwriters, borrowers and lenders, as well as for our leadership in complex, cross-border banking and finance transactions for some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions and corporations.

Our lawyers also are experienced in the full range of debt and equity transactions in the global capital markets, including standalone debt issuances, Sukuk, securitizations, covered, convertible, exchangeable, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, MTN/CP programs, structured products, equity-linked issuances and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

Based in Tokyo, our Japanese banking and finance team combines in-depth industry insight with a thorough understanding of local business customs and international banking laws. We have a strong track record of providing English law advice on complex, cross-border asset finance, maritime and offshore energy finance, corporate finance, and trade and commodity finance transactions for Japanese and international clients. Our team regularly works in close collaboration with our network of international offices to deliver a coordinated legal offering.   

Our areas of work include

  • Acquisition finance and corporate lending
  • Agency finance
  • Asset-based lending
  • Asset finance
  • Bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency
  • Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT)
  • Capital markets
  • Islamic finance
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Projects and project finance
  • Public and government finance
  • Real estate
  • Structured trade and commodity finance
  • Structured finance
  • Transport finance, including aviation, shipping and rail

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Japan: Banking & Finance: International, Chambers and Partners, 2021
  • Chambers Global, Japan: Banking & Finance: International, Chambers and Partners, 2021
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms and Joint Ventures, The Legal 500, 2021


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