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Michael C. Graffagna

Partner | Tokyo

It is deeply satisfying to play a small role in creating projects that improve people’s lives.


Represented Sumitomo Corporation on its investment in Light Rail Manila Corporation, the operator of the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1.

Representing utility in its ongoing purchase of 50% of a portfolio of 6 solar and wind power projects (for a total of 721 MW) currently under development in Mexico.

Represented SoftBank as a lender and offtaker for OneWeb’s under–development low–earth–orbit constellation of 600 satellites to provide global connectivity.

Representing Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in a joint development agreement with First Gen Corp. to pursue the development of an LNG import and regasification terminal project in Batangas province, the Philippines.

Represented Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. in the $1.2 billion equity financing and $3.1 billion debt financing for the first liquefaction train of the Freeport LNG facility and in their entry into of a long–term LNG liquefaction tolling agreement for the project. The transaction was awarded Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance by American Lawyer, Deal of the Year for the Americas by Project Finance International, and North American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by IJ Global.

Represented SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile in connection with the $1.4 billion limited recourse project financing for the development of the Caserones Copper and Molybdenum Mining Project in Chile. Minera Lumina is 75% owned by Pan Pacific Copper (which is a joint venture of JX Holdings, Inc. and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.) and 25% owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The financing consisted of a $1.1 billion senior facility provided by JBIC and a group of commercial banks that received the benefit of a NEXI guaranty, and a $300 million junior facility provided by a group of commercial banks that received a guaranty from JOGMEC.

Represented JERA Co., Inc. as the largest investor in a $1.58 billion, 1,100 MW natural gas–fired thermal power generation project, referred to as "Cricket Valley," in Dutchess County, New York. JERA owns an equity stake of approximately 44% in the project. We also represented them in connection with a $1.052 billion senior secured facility to the project company, a $175 million senior secured term loan facility to an interim holding company, and $709 million in total equity commitments for the project.

Represented Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in their $1.2 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in five gas–fired combined cycle power stations in Mexico with an aggregate total generating capacity of 2,233MW and a related gas pipeline company, and in connection with the financing for such acquisition.

Represented Sumitomo Corporation in its purchase, development, financing and operation of Minera San Cristóbal S.A., which owns and operates one of the largest silver, zinc and lead mines in the world, located high in the Andes in Southwestern Bolivia. Sumitomo purchased a portion of its interest in a pre–arranged bankruptcy sale that closed within 71 days of the debtor's bankruptcy filing.

Represented a consortium consisting of Mitsui & Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Marubeni, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries as supplier and contractor for the Trackworks portion of the $15–billion Taiwan High–Speed Rail Corporation.

Ranked in Japan: Projects & Energy

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023