Tsugu Watanabe’s practice focuses on financing matters with particular emphasis on: project finance and infrastructure transactions; leveraged and asset-based lending financings, including aircraft financings; loan trading; and loan restructurings and refinancings, including in a bankruptcy context.
Tsugu counsels clients in real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters, including employment issues involving Japanese affiliates of multinational companies. He also assists Japanese clients in international arbitration proceedings and US litigation, and he advises both Japanese and non-Japanese clients on cross-border transactions originating from inside and outside Japan. Tsugu has been assisting a Japanese not-for-profit that provides programs and training to disadvantaged young Japanese to become the next generation of leaders of Japan. Tsugu speaks fluent Japanese.
Harvard Law School, 1981, J.D.
Harvard University, 1978, M.A.
Harvard College, 1976, B.A.
Japan (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Energy and Project Finance, The Best Lawyers in Japan (2012–2022)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)