Jones Day announces that infrastructure and energy lawyer Richard Kramer is joining the Firm's Tokyo Office as a partner in its global Energy Practice.
Mr. Kramer's practice is focused on advising corporate and government sponsors and investors, EPC contractors and financiers in relation to the acquisition, development, and financing of major projects. He advises on a wide range of complex and strategic cross-border transactions, particularly those involving the oil & gas, conventional and renewable power, mining, medical device, media, and transportation sectors.
A former director at a major investment bank, Mr. Kramer also has significant experience in bank finance, derivatives, investment funds, and structured financial products and regularly advises Japanese and non-Japanese companies and financial institutions in relation to a wide range of corporate and financial regulatory and compliance related issues.
"Richard is an important addition to our global energy capabilities and a further deepening of our experience base in Asia," said Jeff Schlegel, who leads Jones Day's Energy Practice. "He brings to us a thorough understanding of the energy sector in the Asia-Pacific region, combined with extensive investment and transaction experience across numerous jurisdictions. We are excited to be able to add Richard's well-regarded skill set to our sector-leading practice."
Mr. Kramer has advised on energy, infrastructure, mining rail and other project transactions in the Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is qualified as an attorney in New York State (2002), as a solicitor in England and Wales (2008) and as a foreign legal consultant in Japan (2012).
"Tokyo remains a vitally important Jones Day Office for energy and infrastructure matters, so we are very pleased that Richard is joining us," said Chris Ahern, the Firm's Partner-in-Charge of Australia and Japan. "In addition to his proven energy experience, Richard’s transactional work across other industries is a great fit with our capabilities to advise clients on deals across different sectors throughout the region."
Mr. Kramer's recent experience includes advising Mitsubishi Corporation on the development and financing of the approximately 2,500MW/ 130 MIGD Facility D IWPP project in Qatar, a major Japanese contractor in relation to an approximately USD 15 billion lump-sum turnkey EPC contract in North America, Perform Group in relation to its approximately USD 2 billion acquisition of internet broadcasting and streaming rights from J-League, the largest media rights transaction in Japanese sports history and Equis Bioenergy in relation to the development and financing of a 50 MW biomass power plant in Japan.
"Richard adds depth to our energy capabilities in Tokyo and across the region," said Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Tokyo Office. "His arrival is another indication of the commitment Jones Day is making to our worldwide Energy Practice and to providing top legal talent to our clients considering complex energy or infrastructure projects. I enthusiastically welcome him to Jones Day."
With offices in nearly every major energy center around the world, Jones Day's Energy Practice includes more than 200 lawyers who advise clients on significant natural resource matters and issues.
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