White & Case represents Panasonic on largest acquisition in a decade

BY Aparna Sai |

White & Case has advised Japan’s Panasonic Corporation on the purchase of the remaining 80 percent of U.S. supply-chain software company Blue Yonder for $5.6 billion.

Skadden advises HR firm on biggest Japan IPO since 2018

BY Aparna Sai |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has counselled human resources firm Visional Inc. on its 66.88-billion-yen ($618 million) IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s market.

Japan’s AMT adds four foreign lawyers to partnership

BY Aparna Sai |

Japanese law firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) has added four senior foreign counsel to its partnership, shortly after the launch of its foreign joint law enterprise.

‘We are now opening our doors to foreign lawyers’

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune recently broke ground as the first Japan Big Four law firm to allow foreign lawyers to become equity partners. Atsutoshi Maeda, partner at the firm, recently spoke to ALB about why adaptability is critical for law firms in the country, and more broadly in the region.

Debevoise exits Tokyo, become latest international firm to cut back on Asia presence

BY Aparna Sai |

U.S. law firm Debevoise & Plimpton has closed its five-year-old office in Tokyo.

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.

Tokyo: AMT adds foreign counsel from Korea’s BKL

BY Aparna Sai |

Tokyo-headquartered firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) has hired David MacArthur as a senior foreign counsel in the international arbitration practice and will be operating out of the firm’s Tokyo and Singapore offices from Bae Kim & Lee (BKL) where he was a partner in Seoul.

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.