Investment Opportunities in the Middle East Focus of Industry Seminar in Tokyo

Investment opportunities for Japanese investors in the Middle East focus of seminar co-hosted by Latham & Watkins and Japan Institute for Overseas Investment.

September 20, 2012

Tokyo … Latham & Watkins and the Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI) co-hosted a senior-level conference entitled “Investing In and Venturing With Middle East Companies” on September 20, 2012. Delegates representing businesses, banks, trading houses and investment firms convened at Japan Bank of International Cooperation’s (JBIC) office in Tokyo, where prominent business leaders and Latham & Watkins lawyers addressed market dynamics, opportunities and regulatory and other considerations for Japanese entities investing in the Middle East region, in particular in infrastructure, petrochemicals and alternative energy projects.

Paddy Padmanathan, CEO & President of ACWA Power, delivered the keynote address. The seminar also included presentations and panel participation from a number of senior industry executives, including: Mark Aplin, Founding Partner of Verus Partners; Amjad Ghori, Managing Director at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CA-CIB); Kenji Totoki, Director for the Middle East & Africa Division at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); and Seishi Narita, Assistant General Manager, Power Projects & Infrastructure Asset Management Dept. Overseas Power Project Dept. – IV at Marubeni Corporation.

Latham & Watkins’ attorneys Villiers Terblanche, Craig Nethercott, Ahmad Anani and Hiroki Kobayashi from the firm’s Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and Tokyo offices participated in the seminar.

The event in Tokyo was part of a two-city seminar series organized by Latham & Watkins, which also included a conference in Seoul hosted in partnership with Korea Eximbank (KEXIM) on 17 September, 2012.

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About the Japan Institute for Overseas Investment

The Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI) collects and analyzes a wide range of information from various institutions and organizations in Japan and overseas. Thorough the use and spread of information beneficial for foreign direct investment (FDI), JOI aims to facilitate sound and smooth FDI from Japan and to contribute to the expansion of international economic cooperation with many countries around the world. JOI has entered into comprehensive cooperation agreements with foreign investment promotion agencies and with international organizations (including IFC, EBRD, ADB, and IDB), with the aim of establishing an effective business cooperation network in order to share information and resources regarding FDI. JOI holds seminars regarding a wide range of topics on pragmatic themes that are of particular interest to Japanese business entities, by inviting specialists in various fields from law, accounting and business consulting firms. JOI also arranges seminars on the economy and investment when a key foreign government official visits Japan so as to provide information on the investment climate and business opportunities in that country. For more information on JOI, please visit the website at


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