Nishimura & Asahi, one of Japan’s largest law firms, has named Adrian Joyce as its foreign law head of project and asset finance. 

He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo, where he was a partner.

Joyce, who spent nearly 11 years at Norton Rose Fulbright, also worked as an in-house counsel for three years with Japan’s Mizuho Bank. 

He has advised sponsors, lenders and ECAs on cross-border energy, asset and infrastructure finance transactions, and acted on several debt restructurings in the shipping sector, and on the financing of renewables project in the wind and biomass sectors.

He is ranked in The Legal 500 as a Leading Individual: Gaiben for Banking and Finance: International Firms and Joint Ventures (Japan). He is fluent in Japanese.

Nishimura currently has more than 140 partners in Tokyo alone, but it is also expanding rapidly overseas. 

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In June, Nishimura became the first Japanese firm to enter into a formal law alliance in Singapore.