Anderson Mori & Tomotsune regularly advises both international and Japanese clients involved in major commercial projects. While we provide practical comprehensive commercial advice for the successful structuring and implementation of projects, our primary focus is on assisting clients in developing the most effective and efficient financing and security packages to meet their specific commercial needs.
- Japanese and Cross-border Work
AM&T frequently acts for clients engaging in major Japanese and cross-border projects. Our clients consist of both international and Japanese companies, investors, lenders and governmental and quasi-governmental agencies. We act for all parties involved in projects, including sponsors, project companies, commercial lenders, development banks, export credit agencies, international financial organizations, suppliers, purchasers, contractors, consortiums, and governments. Our deep understanding of the different commercial requirements and objectives of all parties involved in a project allows us to provide carefully tailored legal advice to each of our clients, whether they are sponsors, lenders, consortiums or export credit agencies.
Our Firm works closely with our clients throughout the entire duration of a project. We provide comprehensive and practical commercial legal advice on the successful structuring and implementation of major infrastructure projects in all sectors, including transport, telecommunications, water, electricity, oil and gas. We are able to draw on our Firm's expertise in important complementary areas, such as Japanese corporate law and regulation, tax effective structured financing, and capital markets, in order to provide our clients with a complete package of advice. Combined with our in-depth knowledge of the Japanese market and our specific understanding of all major Japanese industries, we pride ourselves on the clear, comprehensive, commercial advice that we provide on each project.
At the same time, we exploit our extensive international experience and are able to recognize specific cultural, political, or environmental issues that are relevant in other jurisdictions, enabling the successful implementation of major cross-border and transnational projects.
Our extensive experience in project finance extends to Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs), which were first developed in the UK, and are a relatively recent, but increasingly important, development in Japanese commerce and society. AM&T is a pioneer in these transactions– our lawyers worked on the very first PFI in Japan, and we have since been involved in many of the major PFIs in Japan.
Our Firm has in-depth experience acting on all sides of PFIs, and we have been involved at all stages from conception, structure, and construction, to management, completion, and termination. We also advise parties when litigation, dispute resolution, or reorganization becomes necessary.
Apart from our regular mandates assisting government entities in structuring PFIs, we also frequently act for other parties involved in initiatives, including private operators, lenders, contractors, and management. We are experienced in setting up special purpose vehicles and assisting our private clients with successfully bidding for PFIs.
PFIs require a high degree of innovation, foresight, and commercial acumen, as they involve complex legal and commercial issues, such as risk allocation and management of the public interest. Our strength in conceptualizing these issues and structuring effective and highly successful PFIs has ensured AM&T an enviable reputation in PFI work.