Norton Rose hires banking expert, upgrades Japan operation

Akihiko Takamatsu joins Norton Rose
Akihiko Takamatsu

Banking and finance specialist Akihiko Takamatsu has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo, marking a turning point as it now operates as a foreign law joint enterprise (gaikokuho kyodo jigyo) and can offer Japanese legal advice for the first time.

George Gibson, partner and head of Tokyo at Norton Rose Fulbright, said Takamatsu’s arrival and new status are the firm’s milestones after 15 years of operation in the country.

“We are now able to provide seamless local and foreign law support to our diverse client base, including Japanese banks and financial institutions, government agencies, trading houses, utilities and other energy companies amongst many others,” said Gibson.

Takamatsu has more than 15 years of experience in banking, finance and restructuring with a focus on the aviation businesses related to Japan.

This includes operating leases to Japanese airlines, Japanese operating leases and Japanese operating leases with call option financing, as well as any airline insolvencies and restructurings. He advises a wide range of clients, including banks, financial institutions, export credit agencies, lessors, trading houses, airlines and investors on aviation finance and leasing.