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Robert D. Snodgrass

Fax +81.3.3597.6421

Robert Snodgrass is counsel in the firm’s Tokyo office. His practice includes project finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, aircraft and ship finance, and general representation of public and private companies.

He has led and closed complex business transactions involving drafting and negotiation of loan agreements, security agreements, merger agreements, purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, ISDA master agreements, franchise agreements, licensing agreements, and law firm opinions.

Professional Background

Previously, Mr. Snodgrass was a counsel in the corporate department of another law firm in Tokyo. He was an associate in the banking & asset finance practice in the Tokyo office of K&L Gates from 2012 to 2013.


  • Endorsed as a “Leading Lawyer” by Asialaw, 2008

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Representation of Spring Airlines in relation to their joint venture in Asia creating a new low cost carrier.
  • Representation of the financier in respect of structured finance transactions involving Emirates.
  • Representation of Transavia Airlines in respect to 12 operating leases.
  • Representation of Nippon Cargo Airlines in respect of its procurement of ten (10) 747-8F aircraft from Boeing and finance, operating lease transactions for five (5) 747-400F aircraft, negotiation of a power by the hour agreement with General Electric as well as subleasing matters for its existing fleet.
  • Representation of four leasing companies in respect of 26 structured finance/leasing transactions for British Airways in relation to its US$1.7 billion multi-option currency facility -   the first delivery in this ongoing deal won “Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year – Europe” award by Jane’s Transport Finance in 2007.
  • Representation of a financial institution in respect of the financing of an A330 aircraft for Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Representation of WestLB AG as overall arranger, agent and lender in respect of Finnair’s first-ever JOL financing on an Embraer E-Jet-series aircraft - this transaction received “Aircraft Leasing Deal of the Year – Europe” award by Jane’s Transport Finance in 2007.
  • Representation of various leasing companies in respect of the first JOL 777 financing for Air New Zealand – this transaction received the “Asia Pacific Deal of the Year” in the Airfinance Journal 2006 awards.
  • Representation of a leasing company in relation to three (3) Embraer 190 aircraft leased to KLM Cityhopper.
  • Representation of the multiple owners/lessors in respect of five (5) operating lease transactions financed by General Electric relating to aircraft leased to Transavia.
  • Financing of an equity investment by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in the "Paiton" power project in Indonesia.
  • Acquisition of the "CBK" power project from IMPSA and Edison Mission Energy in the Philippines and the concurrent financing provided by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and a consortium of international banks.
  • Acquisition and financing of a controlling interest in Spectrum Power Generation Limited in India.
  • LBO financing for the acquisition of Vodafone Japan K.K. by SoftBank and its affiliates.
  • Development and implementation of strategies for non-standard methods of executing on collateral in Japan.
  • Investment in a Singapore holding company with pharmaceuticals distribution companies in India, Pakistan and Indonesia.
  • Initial public offering of RHJ International (Ripplewood Holdings).