Yoshihiko Kawakami is a renowned expert in the sphere of corporate finance and real estate. He works predominantly in the areas of real estate, structured finance, and international finance.

Among other things, Mr. Kawakami is recognized as an authority on real-estate finance and a pioneer in structured finance. He has advised on various types of real property and its related finance, as well as investment funds, including J-REITs and private real-estate funds. He has been involved in numerous significant transactions employing various structures; these transactions have included a variety of underlying assets, including those that are not monetary claims or real property, such as movable property, whole businesses, and intellectual property.

His expertise extends to other international and domestic finance areas, such as banking, trust, and securities regulation, and equity and mezzanine finance including BIS finance, project finance, public sector finance, Islamic finance, and finance in the renewable energy sector, including mega solar project bonds.

He also heads the firm’s Middle East Practice Team, and has advised on various matters in relation to that region, as well as Asian countries.

Recent activities


The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022: Outstanding Results for Nishimura & Asahi



The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021: Outstanding Results for Nishimura & Asahi



Top attorneys in Japan: Best Lawyers - 2021 edition



Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

1995 - 1996
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York