Michael Richter

Associate, Tokyo

Biography

Overview

Michael Richter is an associate in the Project Development and Finance practice group based in the Firm's Tokyo office, and is the Chair of the Tokyo office's Pro Bono and CSR Committee. Michael's practice focuses on energy project development and financing, including in relation to the resolution of major international disputes.

Prior to joining the Firm, Michael worked at a leading international law firm in Tokyo where he was involved in a variety of project development and dispute resolution matters and as Legal Counsel at Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada's export credit agency. At EDC, Michael worked on a broad range of international corporate and project finance, regulatory and dispute resolution matters.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Province of Ontario
Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
Education
LLM
International Commercial Arbitration Law
Stockholm University
LLB
University of Victoria

Faculty of Law

MA
Asian Studies
Sophia University
BA
University of Victoria
Languages
English
French
Japanese

Experience

Various Japanese and non-Japanese electric utilities and trading companies in connection with long-term and spot LNG and coal sale and purchase agreements.

Various Japanese electric utilities in connection with LNG transportation arrangements, including long-term time charters for LNG tankers and related agreements.

A Japanese electric utility with respect to tolling arrangements for LNG processing, storage and loading services from an LNG project in North America.

Various Asian electric utilities in connection with price reviews under long-term LNG sale and purchase agreements.

A Japanese energy company in connection with a framework agreement with a European energy company to optimize contracted volumes of LNG from the Atlantic and Asia-Pacific markets through location swaps in order to achieve LNG transportation savings and lower overall cost of LNG procurement.

A Japanese energy company in connection with its formation of an LNG optimization and trading joint venture with a European energy company.

A contractor in relation to an EPC Contract for the installation of an LNG fueled cogeneration system and related facilities in Japan.

A client in connection with its acquisition of an interest in a joint venture to construct and operate various rail projects in South America.

An export credit agency in the provision of numerous bilateral and syndicated financings for borrowers in Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, Kazakhstan and India across a variety of sectors, including mining, high-tech, aerospace, project finance, automotive and commercial markets.*

An export credit agency in relation to domestic and cross-border dispute resolution matters, including loan defaults, bankruptcies, litigations and arbitrations.

*Matter prior to joining White & Case