Head of Tokyo
Chris Viner is a corporate and project finance lawyer and is the Head of our Tokyo practice. He specialises in advising on corporate law, securities transactions and project finance in emerging markets.
Chris has a wide experience of advising on mergers and acquisitions, banking and project finance and he brings over twenty years experience across a range of developed and emerging markets. Sector expertises include: energy (power, clean energy and carbon finance), water and port infrastructure, transportation, telecoms and financial institutions.
In the leading legal directory Chambers Global 2007, Chris is cited as a leading individual for corporate and commercial work. As a corporate and project finance lawyer, he is praised as “a good listener and someone who has good project management skills (Chambers Asia Pacific 2011).” He has wide experience in advising on M&A and financings of energy and mining projects. Chris "has been active in the acquisition by Japan Carbon Finance of Certified Emission Reductions in China, a complex deal which called for support from the our Beijing office. “He has a high level of knowledge and always listens to clients’ needs,’ says sources (Chambers - Asia Pacific 2011).”
Chris studied law at Cambridge University, qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is licensed to advise on English Law in Japan as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer). Chris previously headed our English law practice in the CIS.
A native English speaker, Chris also speaks fluent Russian and holds a commercial diploma in German. He has a working knowledge of Japanese.