Akira Takahashi

Akira Takahashi


Akira has advised on a variety of major energy and infrastructure projects globally for lenders and sponsors. He has an in-depth understanding of project documents and finance documents in relation to major overseas projects.

Akira is qualified in Japan and New York and is fluent in Japanese and English.


Representative matters

JERA on the financing from JBIC and the commercial lenders for its acquisition of a 12.5% stake in the Barossa/Caldita gas field in Australia.

JBIC, NEXI and other lenders in relation to the project financing of a USD926 million loan for the development of a waste to energy facility in Warsan, Dubai.

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation on the financing in relation to its acquisition of a 30% stake in the Mantoverde cooper mine in Chile.

IFC and JICA on financing to Ienova solar power portfolio in Mexico.

Sumitomo Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company and United Tractors on the Tanjung Jati B (units 5&6) project in Indonesia.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • "Akira Takahashi displays a high level of capability" Chambers Asia Pacific, 2024


  • Rising Star: Banking and Finance (Bengoshi) (Japan: International Firms), Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Associate to Watch: Projects & Energy (Japan: International Firms), Chambers Asia Pacific 2022, 2023



Attorney-at-law, New York, 2008

Attorney-at-law (bengoshi), Japan, 2002 (Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association)


LLM, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007

LLB, The University of Tokyo, 1999


English, Japanese
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.