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Hirofumi Taba

Energy & Infrastructure Partner, Tokyo

“I have significant experience of advising on energy and infrastructure projects, representing Japanese clients and international clients in both outbound and inbound projects. I am able to bridge legal, cultural and practical differences ensuring that complex, cross-border transactions are smoothly executed.”

Overview

Education and qualifications

Overview

Hirofumi is an international infrastructure and project finance specialist. He has advised on many world-scale outbound Japanese energy and infrastructure transactions as well as on strategic inbound investments in new renewable technologies and major infrastructure transactions in Japan.

Work highlights

Hirofumi has led on, or been a key adviser, in many major projects. Those that can be disclosed include advising:

  • Marubeni on the Yen100bn offshore wind project in Akita, the first commercial scale offshore wind project in Japan (Innovation Deal of the Year, PFI Awards 2020).
  • an international wind developer on the expected Round 2 and 3 public auctions for offshore wind projects in Aomori, Yamagata, Chiba and Niigata Prefectures (ongoing).
  • an international financial sponsor: advising on its partial sale and strategic partnership on an offshore wind project in Aomori Prefecture (ongoing).
  • Ørsted A/S on establishing a joint venture company with Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. for offshore wind in Choshi in Japan.
  • Macquarie’s Green Investment Group on the formation of a joint venture with a global energy leader, Iberdrola, on the co-development of a 3.3GW portfolio of six offshore wind projects in Japan.
  • the international sponsors and lenders on the Sodegaura, Mine, Sano, Oita, Nagi, and Nanazoshi solar PV project financings in Japan.
  • Marunouchi infrastructure on its first acquisition of a portfolio of solar projects in Japan and the subsequent refinancing of the projects.
  • JBIC, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and the commercial lenders on the US$1.129bn financing of the Hamriyah IPP (MENA Power Deal of the Year, IJ Global Awards 2020).
  • JBIC and NEXI on the US$4bn Nacala rail and port project financing in Mozambique and Malawi, the largest infrastructure project financing in Africa (African Logistics Deal of the Year – PFI Awards 2017, and Africa Transport Deal of the Year – IJ Global 2017).
  • JBIC and NEXI on the US$19bn Yamal LNG project, one of the largest ever project financings.
  • SMBC as its trustee capacity on its project financing loan repackaging transaction where investors extend loans to SMBC as trustee and SMBC as trustee enters into a guaranty agreement with JBIC as originator.

Education and qualifications

Hirofumi studied law at Keio University, Tokyo, and holds a diploma from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan.

 

He speaks English and Japanese.