Projects & Energy: International Firms - Japan
Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Particularly noted for proficiency in oil and gas transactions. Works on complex cross-border matters for significant Japanese clients. Increased its capacity to serve clients on Australia-focused matters, following the merger with Freehills.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They're straightforward, reasonable and have a good business sense in risk-taking."
Expertise: "They are very knowledgeable when it comes to energy transactions. They understand the commercial structure, and deliver their products in a timely fashion."
Bench strength: "Herbert Smith Freehills has a number of very talented and experienced lawyers who have been working in this area for a long time."
What's new? Partner Andrew Blacoe relocated from Sydney to Tokyo.
Work highlights Advised JAPEX on its acquisition of a 10% share in an integrated LNG and shale gas project in Canada, including an LNG offtake commitment.
Represented Inpex on a proposed acquisition of a 25% stake in upstream blocks, located in Mozambique, from Statoil.
Advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the merger of its thermal power plant projects with Hitachi's, handling due diligence across the Middle East, Europe and Africa on this USD13 billion matter.
Clients appreciate senior associate Lukas Kratochvil's provision of "detailed advice and reports," while peers mark him out as being very strong on energy work. Recently, he assisted in advising Inpex on its interest in the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field in Azerbaijan.
Significant clients Itochu, Mitsui & Co, Osaka Gas Company, Sojitz.