Tomohiko Kamimura focuses his practice on a broad range of financings involving various asset types and portfolios of equipment, with a particular focus on aviation finance. He advises financiers, lessors and airlines in connection with the leasing and financing of aircraft on a broad range of cross-border leasing and financing transactions, including JOL and JOLCO financings.

    In addition to his commercial aviation experience, he also has significant experience in financial regulations, cross-border project finance, ship finance, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation and labour and employment, and other general corporate transactions.

    Tomohiko has served as counsel in such transactions in various jurisdictions including in Japan, the US, China, Germany, India, the UK, France, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Indonesia, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand, Austria, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia and Chile, just to name a few.

    He is recognised as a leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers – Asset Finance Law, and as a rising star in Expert Guides: Aviation.

    Tomohiko was based in the firm’s London office from 2014 to 2015, during which he provided guidance on asset finance transactions and corporate transactional matters in the EMEA region.

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    • Represented Japanese megabanks, regional banks and foreign banks on a wide range of JOL aircraft financing transactions involving airlines in various jurisdictions throughout the world.
    • Represented Japanese investors in JOL aircraft financing products involving airlines in various jurisdictions throughout the world.
    • Represented Japanese leasing companies and trading houses in various forms of aviation financing, including JOL, JOLCO, ECA and commercial financings, and JSPC transactions.
    • Represented lessors and financiers on a number of repossessions of aircraft.
    • Represented lessors and financiers on a number of renegotiation of lease and financing terms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Represented Japanese and foreign airlines in connection with financing, flight crew arrangements, flight simulator arrangements, joint ventures and other general corporate transactions.
    • Represented Japanese and global acquirers and sellers in respect of international and domestic M&A transactions, including structure planning, negotiations, due diligence and communication with local authorities.
    • Represented a global manufacturer and its Japanese subsidiary in high-profile damage suits and won, which were later covered in multiple law journals.
    • Advised pro bono clients, including a refugee relocation programme after the East Japan Earthquake and a winter night shelter in London.

    Education

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M., 2014
    • The Legal Training & Research Inst. of Japan, Diploma, 2008
    • The University of Tokyo, LL.B., 2004
    • Keio University, J.D., 2006

    Admissions

    • New York, 2016
    • Japan, 2008

    Languages

    • Japanese
    • English

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