Hiroo Atsumi is the founding partner of Atsumi & Sakai, a multi-award-winning, independent, full-service Tokyo law firm. He has extensive experience in banking, capital markets, and structured/asset finance, and has represented most major Japanese financial institutions, and many major international investment banks, on high value and complex banking and finance transactions. Mr Atsumi has been frequently recognised by legal and financial commentators as one of Japan's leading finance lawyers and has won various accolades in the areas of banking, securitisation, and structured finance.
Under Mr Atsumi's leadership, the firm has built a reputation for innovative and strategic thinking, including structuring and advising on:
- one of the first whole business securitisations in Japan;
- one of the largest CLO transactions in Japanese history;
- one of the first RMBS in Japan; and
- one of the first limited recourse loans for a major real estate acquisition.
Atsumi & Sakai advises a wide range of international and domestic companies and financial institutions on all aspects of finance and business law. It has for many years been in the forefront in the field of banking and finance, and has been closely involved in a number of groundbreaking finance-related transactions. The firm's general finance practice includes loans, syndicated loans, ship, aircraft & real estate financing, project finance, bank regulatory advice and the structuring of new financial products. The firm also advises on the creation of new banking trust products and structures, and has an expanding Fintech advisory team.
Atsumi & Sakai has an outward-looking approach to its international practice, and has a number of foreign partners and consultants with extensive experience from leading international law firms, so offering its clients the benefit of a combination of Japanese law expertise and real international experience. Also, as the only Japanese law firm with a London office, it can provide real-time advice on Japanese law to its clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as providing a more convenient service to its clients in the Americas.
In addition to its Japanese law practice, Atsumi & Sakai can also advise on the laws of the US States of New York and California, England & Wales, the People's Republic of China, the State of Queensland, Australia and the Federal Republic of Germany (in collaboration with Janssen Foreign Law Office), as well as United States and Australian federal law.