Tomohiro Okawa is a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. He has mainly been involved in cross-border transactions by leveraging a variety of deal experiences, such as business reorganisation and insolvency, distressed financing and distressed M&A. In particular, he has a wealth of experience in helping distressed companies as debtor’s counsel, whether in-court or out-of-court, including handling distressed M&A and DIP financing. He serves as the adjunct lecturer at the University of Tokyo, teaching the Civil Code of Japan. He is also a frequent speaker for introducing Japanese turnaround practices to other jurisdictions (e.g., INSOL, IBA).
Recent engagements include as debtor’s lead counsel to Takata in its global restructurings including the Japan’s Civil Rehabilitation and US Chapter 11 (since 2017); deputy Trustee of MtGox in its Bankruptcy and later Civil Rehabilitation (since 2016); debtor’s counsel of a Chinese state-owned corporation in Japan’s Civil Rehabilitation (since 2019); debtor’s counsel to Akebono Brake Industry in its out-of-court workout (2019); debtor’s counsel to Pioneer in its restructuring and sale to a private equity fund (2018); debtor’s counsel to Hanjin Shipping representing the recognition proceedings in Japan (2016); and debtor’s adviser to Elpida in its corporate reorganisation (2013).