In a major move bolstering the firm’s presence in Japan, its substantial international work for Japanese companies, and its worldwide capabilities in energy and infrastructure projects, Pillsbury today announced that two new partners will join the firm’s Finance practice in Tokyo.
Anthony (Tony) Raven and Simon Barrett are experienced partners working primarily in the development and financing of major infrastructure projects. Barrett and Raven previously worked together at Hogan Lovells. Most recently, Barrett headed the Energy and Infrastructure practice at Simmons & Simmons in Tokyo, while Raven headed the Energy & Infrastructure practice in Tokyo for Hogan Lovells.
“Tony and Simon are talented attorneys that present a strategic fit for Pillsbury and our clients with stellar capabilities in areas of strength for our firm including in our Japan practice and in our energy and infrastructure practice,” said Pillsbury Chair James Rishwain, Jr. “They are great additions for Pillsbury as we continue to invest in top performers in these important practice areas for our clients.”
Raven has wide experience in the development and project financing of major projects including LNG, chemicals, petrochemicals and power, and in a range of upstream and downstream energy work including acquisitions and disposals, JOAs, farmout agreements, PSCs and concession agreements, and gas and LNG sale and purchase agreements. He has 17 years’ experience working in London and Tokyo advising international and Japanese companies on transactions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Raven is listed as a leading lawyer in all the major legal directories, and praised by clients for his “depth of experience on complex, cross-border matters and his pragmatic, commercial approach.”
Barrett advises on major energy and infrastructure projects across a range of sectors including transport, power, water, LNG, chemical and petrochemicals. He regularly advises (particularly Japanese) sponsors, lenders, contractors, and offtakers on high-value transactions and overseas investments. He has particular expertise on the EPC/construction aspect of projects advising both employers and contractors on matters relating to regulatory interface, commissioning, performance testing and operational issues. His work covers many jurisdictions including those in the Middle East, North America and South East Asia. Barrett’s practice is recognized by all the leading legal journals and where he is praised for his “depth of experience, as well as his extensive knowledge of Japanese corporate culture.”
“Tony and Simon bring great international experience to Pillsbury and are a big boost to the finance and English law practice capabilities in our Tokyo office,” said Mats Carlston, firmwide leader of Pillsbury’s Finance practice. “We look forward enthusiastically to the synergies that will emerge as we integrate them within our firm.”
“I am pleased to join a firm that understands my practice area as well as Pillsbury, having represented some of the same clients and worked on similar infrastructure projects around the world,” said Raven. Barrett agreed, adding: “Pillsbury has a first-rate reputation amongst Japanese corporations and it’s a natural platform from which to service my Japanese clients.”
Both Raven and Barrett started their legal training in London and are English law qualified solicitors as well as being registered as foreign admitted lawyers (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) in Japan. Both have spent a portion of their legal careers working in-house at Japanese companies on secondments at Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Raven graduated from Haileybury and Imperial Service College in 1992, and received his LL.B. First Class Honours in Law with French Law from University College London and Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) in 1996. Barrett graduated from Wellington College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with Honours, from University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College in 1993.
Barrett and Raven have deep experience of working in Japan and for Japanese companies investing abroad. Between them they have over 20 years of living and working in Tokyo.