Structured Finance

Practical solutions for challenging transactions

We have been a leader in Japanese structured finance practice from the early days of the development of that industry in Japan, and have served in a major role in a number of challenging transactions that were the first of their kind in Japan. We have advised on transactions ranging from traditional securitized and liquidated products backed by receivables, such as accounts receivable, lease receivables, credit card receivables, and loans (residential mortgages and consumer loan receivables), to more innovative transactions such as securitizations of nonperforming loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), and synthetic CDOs. Recently, we have been increasingly handling innovative transactions involving intellectual property and whole business securitizations.

We also handle a wide range of transactions that originate in the private sphere and that are publicly financed, including fiscal investment and loan programs (FILPs).

A rising trend in structured finance transactions are transactions involving both corporate finance and asset or project finance, such as M&A or management buyout transactions by way of business securitization techniques. In these transactions, we take the lead in designing new transaction structures, taking full advantage of flexibility now provided by the Companies Act, such as class rights shares and stock acquisition rights. Furthermore, we are active in analyzing and reviewing new transaction structures, such as those involving covered bonds and self-administered trusts.

Our expertise enables us to handle all aspects of structured finance transactions, including advising on the structuring of transactions, analyzing or reviewing legal issues in connection with relevant laws and regulations, preparing agreements and disclosure documents for investors, negotiating with rating agencies and other relevant parties, and delivering legal opinions. In addition to advising in the initial structuring of transactions, we are also often engaged to advise in situations in which an originator or servicer unwinds or goes out of business. In these events, we assist with the preservation of creditor’s rights and negotiations with the relevant parties such as court appointed receivers.

Our Structured Finance Practice focuses on providing creative and practical advice and solutions, as appropriate, in a complex practice area.

As a leader in the structured finance field, we are also active in the development of relevant laws and regulations and the establishment of proper market practices, through participation in various committees, councils, forums, and societies comprised of regulators, market participants, and other relevant parties.

Structured Finance:People

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Structured Finance:Newsletters

Reform of the Article 63 Exemption under the FIEL – from a real estate fund practice perspective
Proposed Reform of the Article 63 Exemption under the FIEL from a real estate fund perspective
Towards J-REITs’ Acquisition of Overseas Real Property

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Structured Finance:News

Awards
Top rankings received from “Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2018”
Awards
Top rankings received from Best Lawyers in the Ninth edition of "The Best Lawyers in Japan"
Awards
Top rankings received in The Nikkei's "Corporate Legal Affairs and Lawyer Survey 2017"
Awards
Top rankings received from IFLR1000 FINANCIAL AND CORPORATE 2018
Awards
Top rankings received from Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

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Structured Finance:Seminars

Jul. 4, 2017External Seminars
"Comparative Analysis of the Legal Framework and Market Practice for Infrastructure/PPP in Australia/UK and in Japan"
Feb. 15, 2017External Seminars
"Derivatives in Securitization"
Nov. 1, 2016External Seminars
"Law and Practice of Credit-linked Loans"
Jun. 15, 2016MHM Seminars
Credit-linked loans
May 13, 2016External Seminars
"Law and contract of credit-linked loans"

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Structured Finance:Publications

Magazine Article
"Financial receivables and "anti-assignment clauses" under Japanese law – Can "declarations of trust" bring a solution?"
Magazine Article
”Chambers Global Practice Guides Securitisation 2018 – Japan Trends & Developments”
Book
"Q&A Regarding Actual Practices in Claim Management and Collection Under the New Law of Obligations"
Article
「Chambers Global Practice Guides Real Estate 2017 – Japan Chapter」
Magazine Panel Discussion
"Negative Interest Rates and Financial Legal Practice - With reference to outlines announced by the Financial Law Board"

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