RCEP Set to Boost Work for Region’s Lawyers

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), signed by fifteen Asia-Pacific economies in November last year, has been heralded as the largest trade pact in the world.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: ALB Japan Law Awards 2021

BY Asian Legal Business |

The annual ALB Japan Law Awards will open on February 5. Returning for its 17th edition, the awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, June 17, will continue to recognise outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house counsel from and within Japan’s legal landscape.

Japan’s AMT set to add foreign lawyers to equity partnership

BY Aparna Sai |

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) is set to become the first Japan Big Four Four to allow foreign lawyers to become equity partners after it launched a foreign law joint enterprise.

DLA hires Quinn Emanuel partner as Japan int’l arbitration head

BY Aparna Sai |

Anglo-American law firm DLA Piper has hired Tony Andriotis as the head of its international arbitration practice in Japan from the Tokyo office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Tokyo: M&A expert joins Latham from Nishimura

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins has hired M&A specialist Hiroaki (Hiro) Takagi as a partner in Tokyo from Nishimura & Asahi, where he spent more than 15 years.

White & Case adds debt finance partner in Tokyo from CC

BY Aparna Sai |

Global firm White & Case has continued to expand its debt finance practice in Asia with the addition of Clara Shirota as a partner in Tokyo. She joins from Clifford Chance, where she was a consultant.

Dealmakers of Asia 2020

BY Aparna Sai |

In a pandemic-hit year when dealmaking was more of a challenge than usual, certain lawyers stood out for their innovation, determination and focus on client needs. In this annual feature, ALB spotlights some of the standout dealmakers in the year gone by.

Hunton Andrews lands Shearman’s nuclear head as Tokyo MP

BY Aparna Sai |

U.S.-based firm Hunton Andrews Kurth has hired global nuclear power projects specialist George Borovas as the managing partner in Tokyo and head of the firm’s nuclear practice from Shearman & Sterling.

Tokyo: White-collar crime expert joins Latham from Ropes

BY Aparna Sai |

White-collar crime specialist Kaede Toh has joined Latham & Watkins’ Tokyo office as a partner from Ropes & Gray, where she spent nearly two decades.

MoFo hires corporate partner from Bakers in Tokyo

BY Aparna Sai |

Morrison & Foerster has welcomed corporate specialist Jeremy White as a partner in Tokyo from Baker McKenzie.

16th Japan Law Awards pays tribute to country’s legal luminaries

BY Aparna Sai |

The 16th annual Japan Law Awards, a virtual event held on Sept. 24, was a resounding success, honouring the who’s who of the country’s legal industry, including in-house counsel, law firms and private practice lawyers.

AZB, Links, CAM, K&S, Trilegal involved in $980 mln India-Japan energy deal

BY Aparna Sai |

AZB & Partners and Linklaters have advised Japanese financial services group Orix on its $980 million investment in India’s Greenko Energy Holdings (GEH), which was represented by Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and King & Spalding.