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March 26, 2018

King & Spalding Recruits Former Asian Development Bank PPP Head in Tokyo


TOKYO, Mar. 26, 2018 — King & Spalding has added project finance expert Ryuichi Kaga, who most recently served as the head of office of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as a senior advisor in Tokyo.

Kaga has more than 35 years’ experience in senior roles within the international finance market, with a strong focus on projects and PPPs. He has been with the ADB since 2012, first as senior advisor on PPP operations in South Asia before becoming head of office. Prior to this, he spent 32 years at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), including roles as Asia and Pacific executive officer, and director general of the Project Finance Department.

Kaga joins the firm’s Global Transactions and Finance practice. Kaga’s expertise includes project structuring across many high-profile infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and PPP matters. He has worked on financial products for multilateral development agencies, export credit agencies, and commercial financial institutions as well as project stakeholders such as sovereign/sub-sovereign agencies, project sponsors, operators, EPC contractors and financial institutions.

“Ryuichi has unique insights into the project finance and infrastructure markets, both regionally and internationally, that strengthen our existing projects and energy capabilities for our clients in Tokyo and Asia,” commented John McClenahan, managing partner of the Tokyo office. “His experience at the very centre of some of Asia’s most important financial institutions — JBIC and ADB — also provides great opportunities for our clients to understand the issues and drivers for successfully financing complex energy and infrastructure projects. Ryuichi also has a deep understanding of the needs of regional governments when it comes to their infrastructure and PPP programmes.”

The Tokyo office of King & Spalding advises many of the blue chip companies and institutions of Japan as well as Korea on a range of matters including project finance, projects, energy, disputes, mergers & acquisitions and investment funds.

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