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Vinson & Elkins opened our Tokyo office in 2004 to better serve our clients in Japan. With a focus on corporate and commercial law, our Japan practice most frequently advises on energy and infrastructure transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project development matters. Our lawyers have been active in transactions in the Japanese market since the late 1990s. As a result, they have developed a deep proficiency in outbound investments.

Our Tokyo office serves as an important base for our Japan practice, and allows our lawyers to provide on-the-ground assistance to our Japanese energy and natural resources clients on a wide range of matters. V&E has premier Energy Mergers & Acquisitions, LNG, and Project Development practices in Japan, with leading experience across all aspects of the energy industry. We leverage the full capability of the global V&E team, making our Tokyo office uniquely suited to represent Japanese and Asian-Pacific clients abroad.

Experience Highlights

  • Japanese trading company on the negotiation of a liquefaction and regasification tolling agreement for capacity in a proposed LNG export facility in the U.S. and related LNG sale arrangements

  • GLNG on the marketing of LNG from the Gladstone LNG Project to potential buyers in Korea, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Taiwan, culminating in the execution of long-term LNG sales agreements with KOGAS and PETRONAS

  • Japanese trading company on the proposed assignment of various joint venture arrangements over uranium mining interests in Canada

  • A Japanese trading company in connection with the off-take and on-sale of LNG from a proposed liquefaction project in West Africa

  • Japanese trading company on the negotiation of the license and joint operating arrangements for the development of a gas field in Southern Africa