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.

NRF partner joins Nishimura as foreign law head of asset, project finance

BY Aparna Sai |

Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest law firm, has named Adrian Joyce as its foreign law head of project and asset finance. He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo, where he was a partner.

STB, AMT, N&A act on Blackstone’s $2.3 bln purchase of Takeda health unit

BY Aparna Sai |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune have represented Blackstone in its 242 billion yen ($2.3 billion) acquisition of Takeda Consumer Healthcare, which turned to Nishimura & Asahi for advice.

CC, White & Case advise on AXA's $368 mln purchase of warehouse in Japan

BY Aparna Sai |

Clifford Chance has advised AXA Investment Managers on the $368 million acquisition of ESR Kuki Distribution Centre in Japan from Redwood Japan Logistics Fund II (RJLF II). ESR was advised by White & Case

FINALISTS REVEALED: ALB Japan Law Awards 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

The much-awaited ALB Japan Law Awards is returning for its 16th edition this year, on September 24 with an all new format of celebration – virtual awards ceremony. The annual celebration will continue to give recognition to outstanding legal practitioners, top law firms and most important deals from within and around Japan. 

Nishimura, Cooley act as Sompo invests $500 mln in big data company Palantir

BY Aparna Sai |

Nishimura & Asahi has advised Japanese insurance company Sompo Holdings, which was represented by Cooley, on its $500 million investment in Silicon Valley data analytics company Palantir Technologies.

Ex-MHM partners launch new firm in Tokyo

BY Aparna Sai |

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto M&A lawyers Satoko Kuwabara and Shin Kikuchi have left to co-found a new firm called Gaien Partners in Tokyo along with partners Junichi Tobimatsu and Hisafumi Sato.

Withers continues Tokyo expansion with Orrick hire

BY Aparna Sai |

Withers has continued growing its real estate practice in Tokyo with the hire of partner Toshi Tsuchiya and his team from Orrick.

CC acts on $457 mln Kyoto hotel sale

BY Aparna Sai |

Clifford Chance has advised Malaysia’s Berjaya Corporation and its subsidiary, Kyoto Higashiyama Hospitality Assets Tokutei Mokuteki Kaisha, on the sale of Four Seasons Hotel & Hotel Residences Kyoto in Japan to Godo Kaisha Tigre for 49 billion yen ($457 million).