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Pierre Chiasson

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Pierre Chiasson is a member of the Firm’s Banking & Finance group in Tokyo, and has over five years of legal experience working in Japan. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2006, he worked for a prominent Japanese law firm, primarily in relation to regulatory matters. Previously, Mr. Chiasson was seconded to a major Japanese bank in New York for a year. He is fluent in Japanese.

Practice Focus

Mr. Chiasson's practice focuses in the area of banking and finance. His experience includes advising on leveraged finance, project finance, corporate finance, real estate finance, investment funds, securitization and other structured finance transactions. He also assists financial institutions with regulatory matters and the development of products for the Japanese market.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented sponsors in connection with the project financing of a 96.2 MWdc solar PV plant in Miyazaki Prefecture. Once complete, this project will be Japan’s third largest solar power plant and the largest solar power plant on Kyushu Island.

  • Represented arrangers and lenders in connection with the financing of Bain Capital’s acquisition of BellSystem 24. This transaction was awarded the “TMT Deal of the Year” at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2010.

  • Represented arrangers and senior lenders in connection with the financing of Bain Capital’s acquisition of D&M Holdings. This transaction was awarded the “TMT Deal of the Year” at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2009.

  • Advised Credit Suisse on the first Japanese CMBS transaction offered in the US.

  • Advised a Japanese branch of a German bank in connection with the JPY17 billion financing of a German closed-end fund’s purchase of trust beneficial interests in relation to residential real estate assets.

  • Represented the arranger and lender of a USD230 million mezzanine loan facility to finance part of the purchase price for a Japanese consortium’s acquisition of the Philippine power operations of a US company. This was the first hybrid project finance/acquisition finance and mezzanine transaction involving JBIC.

  • Advised Japanese entities of several US and European banks in connection with corporate financing insured by NEXI and/or which involved the participation of, or guarantees by, the Development Bank of Japan and/or JBIC (locations include Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan - Member


  • Registered Foreign Lawyer (Japan) (2014)
  • New York~United States (2007)


  • University of Toronto (J.D.) (2004)
  • University of Alberta (B.A.) (1996)
  • Chiba University School of Commerce (Exchange) (1994)


  • English
  • French
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • New York
  • Toronto

Co-author, Country Q&A (Japan) for PLC Cross-border Investment Funds 2011, Practical Law Company, January 2011

Co-author, “Revised Prospectus Requirements under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act,” IFLR 1000 (21st/2011 Edition), Euromoney, October 2010

Co-author, Japan chapter of the fourth edition of the Project Finance volume of Getting the Deal Through, Law Business Research Ltd., September 2010

Co-author of a number of other articles appearing in publications such as AsiaLaw: Japan Review, Asia Pacific Law Review and the International Financial Law Review