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Squire Patton Merges With Boutique Firm in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The combination with Mamiya Law Offices gives Squire Patton a domestic corporate practice in Japan.

Japanese Firm to Open in Silicon Valley

By Tom Brennan |

TMI Associates' planned Palo Alto office will be the first for a Japanese firm in the U.S. technology hub.

Three Firms on $5.7 Billion Dai-ichi U.S. Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese insurer is seeking to enter the U.S. market by acquiring Birmingham, Ala.-based Protective Life Corp.

Olympus Case Raises Litigation Stakes in Japan

By Anna Zhang |

The Japanese electronics company is now facing some 20 lawsuits over its 2011 accounting fraud scandal, in which executives admitted concealing losses over a period of 13 years. The $851 million in damages sought represents something of a milestone in litigation-averse Japan, though obstacles remain to further large-scale cases.

Linklaters' Top Bengoshi Joins MoFo

By Tom Brennan |

Akihiro Wani, who served as joint managing partner of Linklaters' Tokyo office from 2005 to 2012, is joining Morrison & Foerster as a senior counselor.

Sidley Advises Hartford on Japan Annuity Unit Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. insurer is planning to sell the business to Japanese conglomerate Orix Corp. for $895 million.

Mitsubishi Loses Appeal in Chip Design Case

By Scott Graham, The Recorder |

California's Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld a verdict against Mitsubishi Electric Inc. for breaching a non-disclosure agreement but agreed with a superior court judge that the $123 million awarded by jurors was excessive.

Two Partners Join Pillsbury in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Energy and infrastructure specialists Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett were previously partners in the Tokyo offices of Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons, respectively.

K&L Gates Adds Tokyo Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Philip Hyde was formerly head of the finance practice in Hogan Lovells' Tokyo office.

Toyota Pays $1.2B for Misleading U.S.; Civil Claims Remain

By Amanda Bronstad |

A $1.2 billion settlement between Toyota Motor Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice will have little direct effect on negotiations to settle remaining lawsuits over deaths and injuries associated with sudden acceleration, but could sway jurors should those cases go to trial, according to attorneys involved in those actions.

S&C, Mori Hamada on Japan Display's $3.8 Billion IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The state-backed company, which counts Apple Inc. among its customers, was created when the display divisions of Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. merged in 2011.

Baker & McKenzie Acting for Mt. Gox on Tokyo Bankruptcy

By Anna Zhang |

Tokyo District Court has accepted the troubled bitcoin exchange’s civil rehabilitation application, in which Mt. Gox will be granted protection from creditors while it seeks a buyer.

Japan's Largest Firm Opens in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

The new office is the second in China for Nishimura & Asahi, one of Tokyo's Big Four corporate law firms.

Shearman Adds Nuclear Power Partner in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

George Borovas was previously head of international nuclear projects for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Allen & Overy Hires Tokyo Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Nick Wall is joining from the local office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate.

Simpson on $2.5 Billion Mitsubishi Motors Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The automaker is raising money to buy back preferred shares held by other Mitsubishi affiliates.

Mori Hamada to Open in Myanmar, Osaka

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese law firm is following rival Nishimura & Asahi in opening a Yangon office.

Cleary, Sidley Lead on $16 Billion Beam Sale

By Tom Huddleston Jr. |

Japan's Suntory has agreed to buy Beam, the maker of bourbon brands Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, in a cash deal worth roughly $16 billion, including the assumption of debt. Cleary is advising Suntory on the purchase, while Beam has turned to Sidley Austin.

K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.