International Project Finance Association: Financing the wind power transition

May 30, 2019
Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo, Japan
Tomohiro SatoMaya ItoNathan G. Schmidt
IPFA (International Project Finance Association) Event
IPFA (International Project Finance Association)
Nishimura & Asahi
Practice Areas
Project FinanceCross-border Financial TransactionsEnvironmental LawInfrastructure/PPPElectricity/GasNatural Resources & Energy

The development of the Japanese off-shore wind sector is poised for significant growth following Japan's "Act on Promotion of Use of Marine Areas for Development of Marine Renewable Energy Generation Facilities", which was enacted in November 2018 and came into effect on April 1, 2019.

This law, together with continued refinements to the Japanese feed-in-tariff, are expected to help boost the development of wind power projects off the coastal areas controlled by prefectural governments.

This event will look into these laws together with other legal issues that will also play a factor in the growth of this sector in Japan, from a variety of perspectives, including those of developers, investors, lenders, regulatory officials and legal counsel.

Simultaneous interpretation between English and Japanese will be available at this event.


I. Current Legal Framework and Issues 
- Seminar on the current legal framework from Nishimura & Asahi
 Tomohiro Sato
- Seminar from METI
   Shinichiro Yamamoto (Deputy Director, New and Renewable Energy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

II. Financing Off-shore Wind in Japan
- Seminar on financing (e.g. risk allocation, documentation)
(Based on overseas precedents)
 Allen & Overy

- Panel Discussion on Financing Off-shore Wind in Japan
  Moderator: Tomohiro SatoNathan G. Schmidt
    Quentin Slight (Managing Director & Head of Energy and Infrastructure Group Asia, Credit Agricole)
    Ichiro Soga (Senior Vice President, ENGIE Asia-Pacific Co., Ltd., Business Development, Power & Gas - Japan)
    Hisafumi Manabe (Marubeni Corporation, General Manager, Power generation development team II, Domestic Power Business Dept.)
    Mark E. Anderson (Executive Vice President and Board Member, Green Power Investment Corporation / Senior Vice President and Japan Country Head, Pattern Energy Group LP)

III. Networking

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