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Taijiro Suzuki

Partner
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Biography

Taijiro Suzuki is a member of the Firm's Banking & Finance and Real Estate practice groups in Tokyo. He previously worked in Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in Singapore from September 2012 to August 2013. He was recognized by 2017-2019 Legal 500 Asia Pacific (Japan: Real Estate) as a Next Generation Lawyer (within an international firm and joint venture).

Practice Focus

Taijiro's practice focuses on project finance including PFI, solar and wind power generation, acting for both domestic and foreign clients. He also assists clients with legal issues involving real estate finance and the securitization of various types of assets (TMK structure, TK-GK structure, real estate specified joint enterprise structure, and trust structure). He also works on the development of residential, commercial and resort projects as well as urban redevelopment projects. In recent years, he has been involved in asset finance for outer space business and overall outer space law issues.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for international funds, asset managers and financial institutions with respect to the real estate securitization projects of hotels, offices, residences, commercial and healthcare facilities (TMK structure, TK-GK structure, real estate specified joint enterprise structure, and trust structure).

  • Acted for a foreign-based fund in relation to a hotel development project at ski resorts in Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Acted for a foreign fund in relation to an urban redevelopment project.

  • Acted for a foreign business company regarding the sale and purchase of a commercial building.

  • Acted for a foreign luxury brand manufacturer in relation to the development of a commercial building, using a fixed-term business land lease arrangement.

  • Acted for a foreign fund with regard to the acquisition of a shopping mall.

  • Advised domestic and international funds, trust companies and bank agents in relation to Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and Banking Act regulations.

  • Acted for a Japanese construction company with respect to an infrastructure development project in Vietnam.

  • Acted for a Japanese financial institution with respect to a finance transaction in Indonesia.

  • Acted for a Japanese financial institution with respect to an investment in US-based commercial facilities.

Professional Honors

  • Next Generation Lawyers: Bengoshi (within international firms and joint ventures), The Legal 500Asia Pacific 2017-2019 (Japan: Real Estate)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tokyo Bar Association - Member

Admissions

  • Japan (2005)

Education

  • University of Toronto (LLM) (2012)
  • Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Business (2001)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • Singapore

Publications and articles

  • Co-author, "Disclosures Concerning Tender Offers," Commentary on the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, Volume 1, Chapter 2-2, Kinzai, April 2011
  • Co-author, "TOB Handbook," 1st Edition, Nikkei BP, January 2007

Presentation

  • Presenter, "Essentials of Japanese space activity law and remote sensing law. Common space business-related inquiries: investment, financing, insurance practices, intellectual property rights and typical clauses in relevant agreements (e.g., rocket launch agreements)," Japan Planning Institute, April 2019
  • Presenter, "Legal considerations for hotel branded residence development and nonrecourse financing," Nihon Knowledge Center, February 2019
  • Presenter, "Hotel management contracts and financing," Hitotsubashi University Business School, February 2019
  • Presenter, "An introduction to legal and finance in the outer space business industry. A focus on licensing systems, liability for damages, the Outer Space Treaty, and collateral on satellite equipment," Financial Management Forum, December 2018
  • Presenter, "Branded residences in Japan: Key legal considerations," Jones Lang LaSalle, October 2018
  • Presenter, "Outer space business: Laying a solid foundation. A focus on investment/financing, intellectual property and insurance practices," Japan Planning Institute, June 2018
  • Presenter, "Space business legal considerations and contracting practices," FN Communications, April 2018
  • Presenter, "Hotel branded residences: Legal and practical considerations in development schemes and non-recourse financing. A focus on the rental program scheme," Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, February 2018
  • Presenter, "An introduction to legal and finance in the outer space business industry. A focus on licensing systems, liability for damages, the Outer Space Treaty, and collateral on satellite equipment," Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, February 2018
  • Presenter, "Practical consideration in developing hotels/branded residences," Sogo Unicom, November 2017
  • Presenter, "An introduction to legal and finance in the outer space business industry. A focus on licensing systems, liability for damages, the Outer Space Treaty, and collateral on satellite equipment," Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, October 2017
  • Presenter, "Hotel branded residences: Legal and practical considerations in development schemes and non-recourse financing," Nihon Knowledge Center, September 2017
  • Presenter, "Hotel branded residences: Legal and practical considerations in development schemes and non-recourse financing. A focus on the rental program scheme," Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, September 2017
  • Presenter, "Legal considerations for real estate transactions with foreigners and an analysis of new law on home sharing and short-term rentals (minpaku). A spotlight on possible violations relevant to phone or email communication with foreign-based buyers," Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, August 2017
  • Presenter, "Amendment to act on facilitation of rebuild of unit-buildings and its implications to real estate investment practices," Financial Facsimile Newspaper, November 2014
  • Presenter, "Recent amendment to real estate laws and its implications to real estate transaction practices, including the TMK and TK-GK structures," Kinyu Zaimu Kenkyukai, July 2014