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Gavin Raftery

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Gavin Raftery chairs Baker McKenzie's Global Acquisition Finance Group and the Tokyo office's FinTech Working Group. He is also a member of the Firm's Asia Pacific Regional Banking & Finance Steering Committee and the Tokyo office's Management Committee.

Gavin has extensive experience in finance law practice in Australia, the UK and Japan. He is listed as a leading lawyer for banking and finance in Japan by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR.

Practice Focus

Gavin focuses on acquisition finance, venture capital, financial services regulation, project finance, export and trade finance, derivatives, emissions trading, carbon finance, securitization, other structured finance transactions, and financial product development. He acts for both Japanese and international clients on transactional and regulatory matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented the arranger and lender in a JPY 1 trillion bridge loan to finance part of SoftBank Group's approximately GBP 24 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings, the largest cross-border acquisition ever by a Japanese company.
  • Represented the arranger and lender in a USD 12.5 billion loan facility to Suntory in connection with its approximately USD 16 billion acquisition of Beam. The transaction was named ASIAN-MENA Counsel Deal of the Year for 2014, and awarded 2014 Japan Deal of the Year by FinanceAsia as well as Debt Market Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year and overall Japan Deal of the Year at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2015.
  • Represented the arrangers and lenders in a JPY 1.65 trillion loan to SoftBank in connection with its USD 21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint. The transaction was awarded the Debt Market Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year and TMT Deal of the Year at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2014.
  • Represented the arrangers and senior lenders in connection with the financing of Bain Capital's acquisition of Skylark. The transaction was awarded the Debt Market Deal of the Year at the ALB Japan Law Awards 2012 and named the Best Private Equity Deal in Japan for 2011 by FinanceAsia.
  • Represented various US, Europe and Asia Pacific based financial institutions and tech companies in connection with the launch of their online financial products and platforms in Japan.
  • Represented a Japanese fintech fund in connection with its investments in multiple US-based fintech start-up companies.
  • Represented a French financial institution in connection with the restructuring and expansion of its securities business in Japan.
  • Represented a global auto manufacturer in connection with the structuring of and initial six issuances under its award-winning auto loan securitization program in Japan.
  • Represented various Japanese, US and European financial institutions and corporations in connection with their interest rate, currency and commodity derivatives trading and portfolio hedging activities.

Professional Honors

  • Gavin has been listed in Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR as a leading lawyer in Japan for Banking and Finance.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
  • International Emissions Trading Association
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator program (Hong Kong) - Mentor
  • MUFG Fintech Accelerator program (Tokyo) - Mentor


  • Foreign Registered Lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi)~Japan (2007)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2003)
  • New South Wales~Australia (1998)
  • Queensland~Australia (1998)


  • Singapore Management University (SMU Certificate in FinTech & Innovation) (2017)
  • College of Law (Legal Practice) (1997)
  • Bond University (LL.B.) (1995)


  • English
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • London