Minako Wakabayashi

Energy and Infrastructure

Minako Wakabayashi is partner in Orrick's Tokyo office. Her practice focuses on cross-border project finance transactions, securitization and structured finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and energy-related matters.  Ms. Wakabayashi also has significant experience in a broad range of Japan law corporate and finance work as well as general criminal cases.

Ms. Wakabayashi has worked on a variety of cross-border project financing transactions that include the formation and structuring of a $200 million fund, which is one of the world's largest investment funds for global wind energy projects,  and a very complex acquisition of U.S. independent power portfolio assets by a Japanese entity. She also worked on an international private placement for a Japanese renewable energy start-up company involving U.S. private equity funds and an investment in the first utility-scale solar PV project financing in the United States, which was awarded “Renewables Deal of the Year 2010” by Project Finance. In addition, Ms. Wakabayashi has worked on many notable securitization and structured finance transactions in Japan, the United States and Europe, including a securitization transaction for the world’s largest multi-issue CLO.

Ms. Wakabayashi also advises on various corporate transactions for a wide range of clients in the consumer products, retail and clean technology industries as well as international banks, renewable energy investors and Japanese trading companies.

Ms. Wakabayashi practiced in Orrick's New York office as a foreign intern lawyer in 2004-2005.  Before joining the firm, Ms. Wakabayashi was a partner at Atsumi & Partners (now Atsumi & Sakai) from 2002 to 2006.  Prior to that, she worked as a public prosecutor in Japan for four years.

Minako Wakabayashi
  • Speaker, "Key Points in Renewable Energy Financing Under Japanese FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)," (Joint seminar with the Japan Institute for Overseas Investment, May 2012)
Select Publications
  • Co-Author, "Key Points in Renewable Energy Financing Under the Japanese Feed-In-Tariff (FIT)," (JOI Magazine, July 2012)
  • Co-Author, "Green Rush Hits Japan," (M&A Review, Vol. 26, No. 3, May 2012)
  • Japanese
  • English
Admitted In
  • New York
  • Japan

  • LL.M., University of Chicago Law School, 2004
  • B.A., Economics, Keio University, 1996
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Construction, Projects and Energy: International, Japan, 2013
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Tokyo Bar Association

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