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Jeremy D. Pitts

Partner
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Biography

Jeremy Pitts is the Managing Partner of the Tokyo office, the Chair of the Management Committee of the Yangon office and the Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Financial Institution Group.

He was a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Executive Committee from 2008 to 2012 and was Chairman of the Asia Pacific Region from 2010 to 2012.

Mr. Pitts is a banking lawyer by background and manages the Firm's relationship with a number of financial institution clients in Japan and in the region, focusing on financial regulation and compliance, as well as product development and structured finance transactions. Mr. Pitts has practiced banking and finance law since 1985. During this time, he spent five years in the Sydney office and the remaining years in the Tokyo office.

While in Japan, Mr. Pitts was named a leading banking and finance lawyer by numerous ranking publications. Both the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and Asia Pacific Legal 500 have listed him as a leading banking and finance lawyer. Chambers Global has also recognized him as a top tier lawyer (Band 1) for foreign regulatory banking and finance. Chambers Asia described Mr. Pitts as "an excellent regulatory practitioner" and noted that he is "one of the few leading lawyers to specialize in legal issues relating to Japanese regulatory bodies."

Practice Focus

Mr. Pitts has extensive experience advising financial institutions and has comprehensive knowledge of Japanese financial markets and practices. He routinely works with the Firm's global and regional clients, including banks, trust banks, securities companies, fund managers and insurance companies.

He works closely with a team of seasoned Japanese lawyers on Japanese law matters, assisting foreign financial institutions with regulatory matters and the development of new products for the Japanese market, including distressed asset transactions, capital markets, derivatives, securitization, fund management, trusts, insurance and other similar products.

Mr. Pitts also works with foreign financial institutions on structured financing transactions, real estate transactions and project finance transactions in Japan, and has also worked with Japanese banks on cross border project finance and acquisition finance matters.

As Chair of the Firm's Financial Institutions Group, Mr. Pitts is now working with several global banks to help manage their needs across a range of practices areas including litigation and dispute resolution, compliance, tax and employment.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan - Member

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1994)
  • Japan (Attorney at Foreign Law)~Japan (1993)
  • New South Wales~Australia (1985)

Education

  • University of New South Wales (LL.B.) (1984)
  • University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Commerce) (1984)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • Sydney