Professionals

Yoshihiko Kawakami is a renowned expert in the sphere of corporate finance and real estate. He works predominantly in the areas of real estate, structured finance, and international finance.

Among other things, Mr. Kawakami is recognized as an authority on real-estate finance and a pioneer in structured finance. He has advised on various types of real property and its related finance, as well as investment funds, including J-REITs and private real-estate funds. He has been involved in numerous significant transactions employing various structures; these transactions have included a variety of underlying assets, including those that are not monetary claims or real property, such as movable property, whole businesses, and intellectual property.

His expertise extends to other international and domestic finance areas, such as banking, trust, and securities regulation, and equity and mezzanine finance including BIS finance, project finance, public sector finance, Islamic finance, and finance in the renewable energy sector, including mega solar project bonds.

He also heads the firm’s Middle East Practice Team, and has advised on various matters in relation to that region, as well as Asian countries.

Recent activities

10/2019

Expert Guides 2019: The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by their Peers

Awards

4/2019

Top attorneys in Japan: Best Lawyers - 2020 edition

Awards

10/2018

19 lawyers recognised by Expert Guides 2018

Awards

Education

1995
Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
1988
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

1995 - 1996
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York