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Katsumi Shirai represents global financial institutions and investment funds and multinational corporations from English and German speaking countries in downstream investments across Asia, particularly in Japan. His practice has a unique focus on downstream real estate and renewable energy project acquisition transactions using various legal frameworks and strategies (with varied civil and criminal procedures) that are in the best interest of clients and in securing business opportunities and minority shareholder actions for foreign investment funds.

Katsumi has significant experience in inbound investment for upstream funding structures and in downstream assets and transactions such as real estate, M&A, structured finance, and private equity deals in connection with securitization structural matters, liquidations, and real estate-related investment trusts (REITs and infrastructure funds). His recent experience includes transactions involving solar power and other renewable energy sources, including wind power and biomass.

Katsumi is a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) and has served on many of its committees, including those on civil rights, jury system, gender equality, and elderly people's property management.


  • DIC acquires photoresist polymers manufacturer PCAS CanadaJones Day advised DIC Corporation, a Japanese chemicals group operating globally in over 60 countries, in connection with its acquisition of Quebec-based PCAS Canada Inc., a company that manufactures and sells polymers used in photoresists for semiconductor photolithography, from PCAS S.A., a French company.
  • Fujisaki Electric develops bamboo biomass projectJones Day is assisting Fujisaki Electric Co Ltd. with the development of a bamboo biomass project.
  • Asian alternative investment management firm makes significant real estate investment in TokyoJones Day represented an Asian alternative investment management firm in connection with an investment in real estate located in central Tokyo.
  • GAIA POWER announces construction of 92 MW solar power in Kyushu region of JapanJones Day is advising K.K. GAIA POWER in its construction of a 92 MW solar power plant with four companies.