Miho Niunoya has about 20 years' experience advising on PFI/PPP and construction projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors, including tender documentation and consortium agreements, M&A, due diligence, project finance, and dispute settlement. Also, she has been actively involved in many renewable energy projects under the feed-in tariff scheme.
Ms Niunoya is consistently recognised as a leading practitioner in the sections of projects, energy, construction and infrastructure of Chambers, IFLR 1000, The Legal 500, and Asialaw Profiles directories. She was also listed as a "Best Lawyer" in the Construction Law section and the Energy Law section of The Best Lawyers in Japan 2018.
Her recent transactions include advising:
- a Japanese company which invests in a geothermal power project and a coal-fired power project in South East Asian countries;
- an international infrastructure fund, a purchaser, in establishing a Japanese special purpose entity with a Japanese company for the purpose of originating, developing, financing and operating solar power systems in Chubu area and Kyushu area of Japan and the subsequent transactions, including preparing and reviewing agreements, procedure and criteria of legal investigation of projects to be invested, and other legal advices;
- Mitsubishi Research Institute and Yokohama City on a PFI project to design, build and operate a MICE (meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition), hotels and others in Yokohama City, Japan, the value of which is about 37.8 billion yen, in structuring, assistance to tender process and documentation;
- Japan Research Institute (JRI) and Maebashi City on a PFI project to design, build and operate a roadside station and entertainment and sightseeing facilities, in a large area in Maebashi City, Japan; and
- consortium on a PFI project to design, build and operate a recycle center in Gotenba City, Shizuoka Prefecture the value of which is about 5.0 billion yen, in structuring, assisting bid, documentation of project documents, and project finance.
Ms Niunoya has a law degree from Hitotsubashi University, and an LLM from Northwestern University School of Law. She has been licensed in Japan since 1993.