Kosuke Yatabe

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Kosuke Yatabe is a member of the Firm's Capital Markets group in Tokyo, and has over 10 years of legal experience in Japan. He provides advice on various finance and M&A transactional matters as well as the regulation of financial institutions under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. He was on secondment for two years in the international business division of Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., where he handled independent electricity production projects, gas fuel infrastructure projects (including the Freeport project), and the business alliance with TEPCO.

Practice Focus

Kosuke has a wide range of experience in financial matters. In the area of capital markets, he has advised on and prepared documentation for cross-border securities transactions, Euro bonds, the MTN Program, Samurai bonds, IPOs, incentive plans and other corporate finance matters. In M&A, he has advised on and prepared documentation in connection with cross-border M&A, tender offer bids, schemes of arrangement, exchange offers, corporate restructuring, formation of business alliances and REIT mergers. In energy and project finance, Kosuke has handled independent electricity production and fuel infrastructure projects, acquisition of project companies and various matters related to infrastructure funds. He has also handled various structured finance matters, including the liquidation of real estate assets and receivables as counsel for both lenders and borrowers. He is experienced in LPS fund matters and Financial Instruments and Exchange Act-related matters (including financial instruments business regulations and insider trading).

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for the underwriters in an approximately JPY 110 billion global offering by NEC Corporation.
  • Acted for Nidec Corporation in its JPY 80 billion Euro CB offering.
  • Acted for W.W. Grainger, Inc. in its tender offer to acquire shares in MonotaRO, Co., Ltd.
  • Acted for Gibson Brands, Inc. in its tender offer to acquire shares in TEAC Corporation.
  • Acted for Gibson Brands, Inc. in its capital and business alliance with Onkyo Corporation.
  • Acted for Prospect Reit Investment Corporation in its merger with Japan Rental Housing Investments Inc.
  • Acted for Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. in its alliance with Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. in their overseas business and fuel procurement business.
  • Acted for Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited in their investment in a submarine power transmission project for offshore wind power plants in Germany.
  • Acted for Prospect Co., Ltd. in its all-share offer for the shares of a UK listed company. The offer was implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • Japan (2005)


  • Northwestern University School of Law (LLM) (2012)
  • Waseda University (LLB) (2002)


  • English
  • Japanese