Minako Wakabayashi

Partner
Energy and Infrastructure

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).

Representative Experience

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.

Minako Wakabayashi
Speeches
  • 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)
Languages
  • Japanese
  • English
Admitted In
  • New York
  • Japan

Education
  • LL.M., University of Chicago Law School, 2004
  • B.A., Economics, Keio University, 1996
Honors
  • Mining, Energy & Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year – Japan, Finance Monthly Global Awards 2014
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Construction, Projects and Energy: International, Japan, 2013
Memberships
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Tokyo Bar Association

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