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Eiichi Kanda


Eiichi Kanda
神田 英一

Eiichi Kanda specialises in real estate including investment, finance, development, funds, asset management and securitisation.

Eiichi also advises both borrowers and lenders on structured financing, joint ventures and cross-border alliances between foreign and Japanese entities.

不動産に関連する業務 (投資、ファイナンス、開発、ファンド、アセットマネジメント及び証券化を含む)を専門とする


  • KIRKBI, the investment section of LEGO, on the development of a new LEGOLAND theme park in Nagoya, Japan, since 2014
  • Berjaya on its US$320 million (RM976 million) development of the Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto
  • Westmont Japan Investments KK and its sponsor (a fund managed by a global alternative investment adviser) in their acquisition of a hotel in Osaka, Japan
  • The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan in their acquisition of a retail building named Kirarito Ginza located in Tokyo, Japan through its SPV for approximately JPY 52.3 billion. This is the client's first and a very high profile real property investment in Japan.
  • Republic of Indonesia on their first guaranteed and unguaranteed Samurai Bonds issued in Japan
  • 名古屋にオープンされるLEGOLANDの開発に関して2014年からKIRKBI (LEGOの投資部門)に助言
  • 京都のフォーシーズンズホテルの開発(約337億円)に関してベルジャヤ社に助言
  • 大阪のホテルの取得のためWESTMONT JAPAN INVESTMENTS株式会社及びそのスポンサー(グローバルな代替投資を行うファンド)に助言
  • 銀座の商業施設、KIRARITO GINZAの取得(約523億円)のためアゼルバイジャンの政府系ファンドであるThe State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ)に助言
  • 日本市場におけるサムライ債の発行に関してインドネシア共和国政府に助言

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Career and qualifications

  • Keio University (LLB) 1984
  • Admitted as a bengoshi in Japan 1987
  • University of Chicago Law School (LLM) 1991
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 1992
  • Joined Clifford Chance Law Office (formerly Tanaka Akita & Nakagawa) as Partner 2001


  • 1984年 慶應義塾大学法学部卒業  
  • 1987年 弁護士登録
  • 1991年 シカゴ大学 (LL.M.) 修了
  • 1992年 ニューヨーク州弁護士資格取得  
  • 2001年 Clifford Chance – 東京 パートナー就任

Professional bodies

  • Member of Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association


  • 第一東京弁護士会

Awards and citations

  • Eiichi Kanda wins endorsements from market sources and clients alike for his roster of experience in real estate including investments, financings and development projects. One client appreciates that he "is responsive and tries to impute our concerns based on the questions we ask him, and tailors his advice accordingly." Another client notes: "Despite the tight schedule, he handles matters flexibly, which is extremely helpful. He considers our opinions and negotiates based on this, and his advice is highly rated."
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022, Real Estate: Bengoshi – Japan (Band 1)
  • Eiichi Kanda is ranked as a "Highly Regarded" lawyer
    IFLR1000 – 2022 Japan Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation
  • Eiichi Kanda is ranked as Leading Individuals: Bengoshi
    Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022, Real Estate and Construction: International Firms and Joint Ventures
    Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022, Fintech: International Firms and Joint Ventures


    • Eiichi Kanda is commended for his attention to detail and for his ample experience regarding the financial aspects of real estate. He co-advised KIRKBI Invest in the USD320 million construction of Legoland in Nagoya, including assisting in procuring finances and negotiating with the authorities and contractors.
      Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016, Japan, Real Estate: Domestic –Ranked Lawyers
    • Eiichi Kanda is ranked as Leading lawyer
      IFLR 1000 – 2016 Japan Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation