VINCI Airports S.A.S.’s winning the bidding process for the 42-year concession of Kobe Airport


Clifford Chance advised leading global airport operator VINCI Airports S.A.S. on the project agreement with Kobe City for the 42-year concession of Kobe Airport.

VINCI teamed up with ORIX Corporation and Kansai Airports to participate in the bid.

Opened in 2006 and built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, the Kobe airport is the Kansai region’s third-largest airport. The concession contract is expected to be awarded in the early autumn of 2017, with the joint venture taking over operation in April 2018.

VINCI Airports, a top 5 global player in the international airport sector, manages the development and operations of 35 airports: 13 in France, 10 in Portugal (including the hub of Lisbon), 3 in Cambodia, 2 in Japan, 6 in Dominican Republic and Santiago airport in Chile

The Clifford Chance team advised VINCI Airports on all aspects of the transaction, including the bidding process and the arrangements between VINCI and the other members of the consortium.

Partners Ross Howard and Yusuke Abe led on the deal. They were supported by counsel Akihiko Takamatsu, senior associates Makiko Watanabe and Luna Hiraoka and associate Keisuke Otsuka.

Involved fees earner: Yusuke Abe – Clifford Chance; Ross Howard – Clifford Chance; Makiko Watanabe – Clifford Chance; Akihiko Takamatsu – Clifford Chance; Keisuke Otsuka – Clifford Chance; Luna Hiraoka – Clifford Chance;

Law Firms: Clifford Chance;

Clients: VINCI Airports SAS;

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Author: Michael Patrini