Nishimura & Asahi

Advising across the spectrum of investment fund issues, from documentation and compliance to product design and planning, Nishimura & Asahi provides comprehensive experience in the area. The firm handles traditional asset management activities, including investment trusts and investment advisors, as well as advising on the structuring, documentation and formation of alternative investments, notably private equity funds, infrastructure funds, venture capital investment funds, private-placement real estate funds and offshore funds. In addition to these seriveces, the practice can draw from the firm’s strengths in M&A and fundraising to assist with the investment and exit stage after fund formation. Makoto Igarashi representing investment managers in fundraising and investment; he co-leads the team with Kei Ito, whose expertise includes investment trusts, ETFs and alternative investments for institutional investors. Another key name is Yoshiharu Kawamata, who covers domestic and international investment fund matters.

Practice head(s):Makoto Igarashi; Kei Ito
Other key lawyers:Yoshiharu Kawamata
Key clients
Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mizuho Capital Partners Co., Ltd.

Longreach Group

Aspirant Group Inc.

Nomura Mezzanine Partners Co., Ltd.

Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan

Pattern Energy Group

Toyota Motor Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Work highlights
Advising Nomura Holdings, Inc. on the establishment of a Japan-China industrial cooperation fund.
Advised Pattern Energy Group and its affiliate, Green Power Investment Corporation, on the establishment of Green Power Renewable No. 1 Investment LP, the largest fund in Japan focused on wind and solar energy investment.
Advised Nomura Holdings, Inc. and Nomura Mezzanine Partners Co., Ltd. on the establishment of both a new mezzanine fund manager, N-MEZ, and a Japanese partnership-type mezzanine fund, N-MEZ Investment Business Limited Partnership 1.