Hiroyuki Kano

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Hiroyuki frequently advises Japanese clients on a wide range of corporate transactions. Clients benefit from his ability to practise in both Australia and Japan, thanks to his dual qualification. The only partner of a major Australian law firm who is qualified bengoshi (Japanese lawyer), Hiroyuki has been practising law in Australia for over 20 years in M&A transactions, bridging the gap between Australian law and Japanese law, representing a variety of Japanese corporations on their cross-border transactions and investment into Australia.

Hiroyuki heads our Japan practice.

Notable Work
  • Mitsubishi Estate: advised on its acquisition of a 25% interest in One Sydney Harbour Residences Two (OSH R2) project in Barangaroo from Lendlease.
  • Shinsei Bank: as its Australian legal adviser, advised on its acquisition of a 10% stake in KVD Australia Holdco Pty Ltd (Latitude).
  • Japan Suiso Energy: advised in relation to A$3 billion liquefied hydrogen commercialisation projects in Australia.
  • Japan Post: advised in relation to its 100% acquisition of then ASX listed Toll Holdings for A$6.5 billion by scheme of arrangement.
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries: advised on the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project in Victoria, and joint venture arrangements with consortium members both in Japan and Australia.
  • JOGMEC: advised on various mineral exploration joint venture projects in Australia.
  • Sojitz Corporation and JOGMEC: advised on its equity and debt finance transaction with an ASX-listed mining company, which produces rare earth minerals in Western Australia.
  • Japanese property developer: advised a with a residential high-rise building development project, including real estate, joint venture, regulatory compliance, and urban development assistance.
  • Japanese company: represented a in addressing environmental issues, including court proceedings, requiring experience in dispute resolution, environmental regulations, negotiation, and strategic planning.
  • Major uranium project: advised on a joint venture arrangement for a, including handling sensitive materials, regulatory considerations, and complex agreements.
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