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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.”


Education and qualifications


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.


Hirofumi was seconded to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for two years gaining a wealth of experience working with export credit agencies and advising on all aspects of project and finance documentation on complex power transactions.


Work highlights

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

  • JBIC and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) on the US$4bn Nacala rail and port project financing in Mozambique and Malawi, the largest infrastructure project financing in Africa
  • JBIC and NEXI on the US$19bn Yamal LNG project, one of the largest ever project financings
  • JBIC, NEXI, KEXIM and commercial lenders on the project financing for the development of the Morupule B Phase II Units 5 & 6 coal fired power project in Botswana by a consortium of Marubeni (Japan) and POSCO (Korea)
  • ING and BNPP on the Oita solar project, Japan
  • JBIC, NEXI and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. in relation to their financing of export loans to finance the 2x100MW sub-critical Kalselteng 2 coal-fired power plant in South Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • JBIC on its GREEN Untied Loan to Corporación Andina de Fomento (“CAF”), a legal entity located in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 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.