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Kentaro Miyagi and Yoshiyuki Kizu named winners of Client Choice Awards 2024

Kentaro Miyagi and Yoshiyuki Kizu were selected as winners of the Client Choice Awards 2024 presented by Lexology. Kentaro and Yoshiyuki represent two of the nine lawyers who received recognition from Japan. 

Banking (Japan)
Kentaro Miyagi

M&A (Japan) 
Yoshiyuki Kizu

Client Choice Awards recognize “partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service”. Criteria for this recognition focus on “an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market”. Law firms and lawyers can only be nominated by corporate counsel for the awards.


宮城 健太郎

Kentaro has advised on a number of cross-border finance transactions, including asset financing in respect of aircraft and ships, for various parties, including financial institutions, lessors, and airline and other operators. He has extensive experience launching new schemes in the asset financing industry, such as insurance-backed leasing deals and capital market structures incorporating Japanese operating leases. He also has considerable expertise in compliance-related matters involving banking and securities law, mainly for financial institutions. Leveraging his significant cross-border expertise, he regularly supports international clients on their cross-border activities. He is also a regular speaker at seminars on aircraft and ship financing.

木津 嘉之

Yoshi’s practice covers various M&A transactions, cross border deals, and day-to-day commercial businesses, with a focus on Europe-related matters. He lived in Europe approx. 8 years including studying at the master of law at UCL in London, working approx. 3 years in leading firms in Frankfurt, Paris and Italy, a short secondment in Barcelona/Madrid and having regular business trips all across Europe including the Netherlands, Nordic countries and Eastern Europe. As a leading partner of Europe practice and cross-border team, Yoshi provides a tailored legal services in a timely and flexible manner.