Mr. Kobayashi is a partner of Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise in Tokyo. His practice focuses on general corporate matters, including cross-border mergers, and project finance.

He handles a number of cross-border M&A deals along with Latham & Watkins colleagues in other offices, and counsels clients on their M&A transactions conducted under different business practices. He advises on Japanese legal issues in connection with a variety of areas within our transactional practices, including corporate, employment, antitrust, bankruptcy and regulatory matters.

He also handles international project finance transactions involving Japanese sponsors and lenders, provides strategic and legal advice to international clients around the world, and covers Japanese law issues involved in international project finance as a member of Latham & Watkins’s global project finance team.

Mr. Kobayashi is admitted to practice in Japan and New York and is a member of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association in Japan and the New York State Bar Association. He is fluent in Japanese and English.

Mr. Kobayashi’s recent speaking engagements include:

Project Finance 101 (2012)

US LNG Exports: Recent Developments (2012)

Issues Regarding Cross-Border Project Finance Contracts (2012)

U.S. Corporate Law Issues and Practice (2011)

Mr. Kobayashi’s publications include:

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review (Chapter 14 Japan), co-authored with Tim Johnson and Tomohiko Kamimura, UK: Law Business Research. (2011)

The Working World (“Ten Questions on Japanese Employment Law” and “Employees or Consultants: Comparing Some of the Tests Around the Globe”), co-authored with the Latham attorneys in the London and Hamburg offices (2010)