Minako Wakabayashi is Partner in Orrick's Tokyo office, and a member of the Energy Infrastructure Group.
Her practice focuses on representing multi-national developers or sponsors, and developing and constructing cross-border projects concentrating on energies or infrastructure projects which center on renewable energies, as well as finance transactions through project financing. She is working as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) in addition to having been involved in designing the feed-in-tariff in Japan and having had prepared model contracts for specific contract (power purchase contract)/interconnection contract).
Ms. Wakabayashi has represented her client in:
- the formation and structuring of a US$200 million wind power investment fund which has been the world's largest of its kind;
- an investment in the first utility scale solar PV project financing in the U.S. which has been awarded “Renewables Deal of the Year 2010” by Project Finance International;
- the acquisition of multiple renewable energy project portfolios in Japan;
- the development and construction of various renewable energy projects in Japan including largest PV project and wind project in Japan, as well as financing through project finance;
- the acquisition of a U.S. independent power portfolio assets; and
- a private offering by a renewable energy company in Japan which was made by inviting U.S. private equity funds.
Ms. Wakabayashi practiced at 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.