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 currently serves as the Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis’s Tokyo Office.
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. Over the past few years, Tsugu has been a team member in providing pro bono assistance for three successful applications for refugee status in Japan. Tsugu speaks fluent Japanese.
Harvard Law School, 1981, Juris Doctor
Harvard University, 1978, Master of Arts
Harvard College, 1976, Bachelor of Arts
Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Daini Tokyo Bar Association
Listed, Best Lawyers in Japan, Energy and Project Finance (2012–2018)