Partner Moves & Promotions - 3/16/2010

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Posted on March 17, 2010 at 7:03 PM


Paul Hastings has appointed Toshiyuki Arai as chair of its Tokyo branch.  Arai has been with the firm for almost 20 years and specializes in the cross-border investment and M&A.   With his new position, Arai will oversee the strategic development of the firm's considerable but expanding Tokyo base.

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White & Case has hired Francis Zou, a lawyer from Allen & Overy's US China group, to be a partner in its global banking practice. He is expected to help bridge the firm's US and Asia banking practices, and his extensive experience with Chinese clients is expected to bring in new clients.

Global banking head, Eric Berg, stated: "He has significant background working with top Chinese commercial banks and corporations that will greatly increase our cross-border opportunities for serving these companies, especially as they ramp up their activities in the US and other key markets, including Asia and Latin America.

Barrye Wall, head of Asia, commented: "With Chinese banks and corporations increasingly looking at overseas acquisitions, Francis will help cement the connections between our Asia and Americas bank finance practices..."

Additionally, the firm has promoted a banking & finance lawyer in Moscow and two Middle East M&A lawyers to partner: Irina Nesvetova, Zeeshan Ahmedani, and Philip Power, respectively. ------

Mori Hamada & Matasumoto, a Japan Big-Four firm, has promoted seven associates to partner. Five of the new partners focus on M&A, which the firm believes will help it retain its status as the top in Japan for M&A. "We believe our new partners who specialize in M&A will certainly help us to continue to build on our reputation in this area," said joint managing partner and M&A/corporate partner, Satoko Kuwabara. The latest promotions boost the number of partners in the firm's M&A practice to 47. The seven promotions included: Atsuko Hamaguchi (Corporate Governance/Litigation), Hiromi Hayashi (M&A/PE), Takuki Kihara (M&A/Dispute Resolution), Yoshihiro Kojima (M&A/Finance), Atsunori Nobukuni (Bankruptcy/M&A), Daisuke Oda (Corporate Governance/Litigation) and Rintaro Shinohara (M&A/PE).

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Norton Rose has enticed Anna Tipping to leave Linklaters, where she was a counsel in London, to join as a partner. She will spend six months in London working with the corporate insurance team there and getting acclimated to the new environment before moving to Singapore. Tipping's practice focuses on the insurance and financial services market, and she has experience advising on capital markets and structured finance transactions as well as M&A within the sector. She will be the first insurance partner in Singapore after she relocates there, although the firm has four corporate insurance associates there.

Norton Rose has seen a substantial increase in insurance-related work in the Asia-Pacific regions, particularly after the firm merged with Deacons.

Norton Rose insurance head James Bateson stated: "We have a lot of insurance work in our Singapore office and we thought the time was right for a specialist partner to go out to lead the practice there. We have known Anna for years as we have many mutual clients who have spoken very highly of her for a long time."


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