Middle East and Africa

Although cultural and linguistic issues, sudden changes in legal systems, and a lack of transparency have been flagged as issues that must be addressed when doing business in the Middle East and Africa, these regions are important to Japan as not only important suppliers of energy and raw materials, but also as destinations for infrastructure projects, growth industries, and consumer products.


Africa has seen long-standing efforts to promote business with Japan by both the public and private sectors and with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). With rapid population growth, Africa’s population will soon greatly exceed that of China and India, a fact which has fueled high expectations for market expansion across the continent.


Atsumi & Sakai supports the expansion of Japanese companies in the Middle East and Africa, and companies from the region doing business in Japan.


Sample Material Transactions

  • Advising a Japanese oil company on the sale of an oil field in the Gulf region
  • Advised an Israeli IT company on inward investment into Japan
  • Advised a Japanese bank on project financing for IWPP projects in Middle East (including Kuwait and UAE)
  • Advised publicly-funded financial institutions on the structuring, establishment, public procurement, and financing of social and economic infrastructure development “impact finance” initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, including transport, water, and power projects
  • Advised on internal and external compliance issues and drafting compliance reports relating to corruption and bribery allegations in Kenya
  • Advised an African bank on aspects of financing a Japanese business in Africa
  • Advised on commercial agreements for projects in the Gulf region


Related Practices

Related Professionals

Senior Partner

Ryuichi Nozaki

Senior Partner

Naoki Kanehisa


Akira Shimazaki


Daniel C. Hounslow*