Yutaka Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai - Japan

Senior Partner


+81 3 5501 1055

Highly regarded


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Practice areas:

Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation
Project development
Project finance

Industry sectors:

Real estate
Social infrastructure

Yutaka Sakai, a Partner in Atsumi & Sakai, advises on project finance, ship finance, syndicated loans, aircraft leasing and securitisation, and assisting financial corporations and other stakeholders with structuring of transactions. He has been actively involved in numerous mega solar projects across Japan, advising clients on legal aspects of projects and documentation.

Mr. Sakai has been named as a leading lawyer for banking & finance, projects and energy, and shipping by publications including Chambers, IFLR 1000, The Legal 500, and asialaw Profiles. He was also listed as a “Best Lawyer” in the Asset Finance Law section of The Best Lawyers in Japan 2020.

  • Advised Photovolt Development Partners GmbH on all legal aspects of a 480 MW photovoltaic power plant project on the island of Ukujima in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Advising Photovolt Development Partners GmbH on a giga solar project in Aomori Prefecture, Japan
  • Advising JBG Energy K.K. on biomass projects and LNG projects in Hokkaido, West Japan and Kyushyu, Japan
  • Advising major Japanese banks and many local Japanese banks on numerous cross-border syndicated loan transactions and shipping transactions
  • Advising Anchor Ship Partners, Co., Ltd., the largest shipping investment fund in Japan

  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Regulatory

  • Aviation and shipping
  • Banking and financial services
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Real estate

  • Japan Association of the Law of Trust
  • Japan Syndication and Loan-Trading Association
  • Securitization Forum of Japan, Subcommittee for a New Framework for Securitization
  • Securitization Forum of Japan, Working Group for the Discussion of Financial Laws
  • Kaiji Shinko Renmei (Association for Promotion of Maritime Affairs)

  • Queen Mary University of London, LL.M., 1990
  • Keio University, LL.B., 1980