Greenberg Traurig Grows Real Estate Practice in Tokyo with Structured Finance Attorney

TOKYO – April 10, 2018 – Koh Ueda, a senior associate with significant experience in the structured financing of real estate projects, has joined the Real Estate Practice in the Tokyo office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He joins Greenberg Traurig from Nishimura & Asahi, a leading Japanese law firm, where he was a member of the firm’s securitization practice group for more than 12 years.

“During the past dozen years, Koh has worked on real estate-related transactions with some of Japan’s largest institutions and companies, covering various asset classes such as hotels, residences, offices, and shopping malls, while representing sellers/buyers, lenders, asset managers, contractors, and the like,” said Koji Ishikawa, managing shareholder of the law firm’s Tokyo office. “We are fortunate to have him join our team as we expand our client offerings in Tokyo.”

The Greenberg Traurig Tokyo office comprises an award-winning team of attorneys and professionals, who provide multinational and Japanese clients with innovative, strategic advice and legal services in a market known as a gateway to international business opportunities. The firm’s Tokyo attorneys bring a range of functional and industry experience to assist clients. The team provides legal services tailored to the Japanese market in a global context in a variety of areas including the Real Estate sector, Corporate, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property, Energy, and Infrastructure.

“Greenberg Traurig’s real estate practice continuously expands as clients’ needs reach further around the globe,” said Robert J. Ivanhoe, chair of the firm’s Global Real Estate Practice. “Koh’s significant experience is particularly relevant to the needs of our clients today as the real estate industry becomes increasingly interconnected across borders.”

Ueda’s prior work includes assisting clients with securitization transactions for a wide range of asset types, including, among others, real property, whole business, and monetary claims, such as commercial and residential mortgages, auto loans, and consumer loans. Additionally, during 2012-2013, he worked at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. in Singapore as an in-house counsel addressing 13 jurisdictions in the Asia-Oceania region.

“I look forward to bringing my experience to Greenberg Traurig as the Tokyo office continues to develop our real estate practice,” Ueda said. “I am very happy to have an opportunity to assist utilizing my past experience and join a leading real estate practice.”

Ueda is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law, 2012) and of the University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2004). He is admitted to the practice of law in Japan and is fluent in English, in addition to Japanese. His recent article contributions include, Corpus Juris Finance (Completely Revised Version) (Book 1) (Japanese original title:ファイナンス法大全(上)[全訂版]) August 2017; The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Securitisation 2017 (Japan Chapter), May 2017; and Syndicated Loans in Asia: Contract terms and practices to secure collateral (Japanese original title: アジアにおけるシンジケート・ローンの契約実務と担保法制), August 2016.

Greenberg Traurig represents companies throughout China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan in their business dealings in the United States and abroad. The firm also advises U.S. and European companies engaging in transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The attorneys provide strategic advice and legal services in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financings and securitization activities, intellectual property, trade and governmental strategies, international dispute resolution, infrastructure and project finance, export controls, and business immigration issues. The Asia Practice brings together attorneys from our Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo offices along with numerous multilingual attorneys from across Greenberg Traurig’s global organization with experience handling client matters in Asia. Greenberg Traurig’s Tokyo Law Office is operated by Greenberg Traurig Horitsu Jimusho, an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Global Real Estate Practice
Greenberg Traurig's Global Real Estate Practice is a cornerstone of the firm and recognized leader in the industry. The firm’s real estate attorneys deliver diversified and comprehensive legal counsel for property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate. The team draws upon the knowledge and experience of more than 400 real estate lawyers from around the world, serving clients from key markets in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. The group’s clientele includes a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, and private owners. The firm’s real estate team advises clients on a variety of matters across a broad spectrum of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, including structured equity and debt and the hybrids.

About Greenberg Traurig
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