Pillsbury hires two new partners to finance practice in Tokyo

In a move designed to bolster the firm’s presence in Japan, its substantial international work for Japanese companies and its worldwide capabilities in energy and infrastructure projects, Pillsbury has announced that Anthony (Tony) Raven and Simon Barrett will join the firm’s finance practice in Tokyo.

Raven has experience in the development and project financing of major projects including liquefied natural gas (LNG), chemicals, petrochemicals and power, and in a range of upstream and downstream energy work including acquisitions and disposals, joint operating agreements, farm-out agreements, production sharing contracts and concession agreements and gas and LNG sale and purchase agreements.

He has 17 years’ experience working in London and Tokyo advising international and Japanese companies on transactions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Barrett advises on energy and infrastructure projects across a range of sectors including transport, power, water, LNG, chemical and petrochemicals. He regularly advises (particularly Japanese) sponsors, lenders, contractors and offtakers on high-value transactions and overseas investments.

He has particular expertise on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) aspect of projects advising both employers and contractors on matters relating to regulatory interface, commissioning, performance testing and operational issues. His work covers many jurisdictions including those in the Middle East, North America and south-east Asia.

Both Raven and Barrett started their legal training in London and are English law qualified solicitors as well as being registered as foreign admitted lawyers (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) in Japan.