K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

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K&L Gates has added two partners in Tokyo.

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining K&L Gate’s commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.

Hoshino previously headed Hoshino & Partners, which he founded and which has closed as a result of his move. Four associates will move with him to K&L Gates. Hoshino focuses on labor and commercial disputes, but handles corporate work for clients as well. He launched his eponymous firm in 1996. Before that, he was a partner at Hashidate Law Office for nine years and also previously served as an associate judge in Tokyo’s Utsunomiya District Court.

Tsumagari was previously a partner at Atsumi & Sakai, where he headed the international trade and tax practice. He represents both Japanese and foreign companies on real estate and structured finance as well as mergers and acquisitions. Tsumagari joined Atsumi & Sakai in August 2010 as an of counsel, and became a partner four months later. Prior to that, he had worked for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for five years, first in Los Angeles and later in Tokyo.

The arrival of Hoshino and Tsumagari brings K&L Gates Tokyo office to 21 lawyers, including nine partners, according to its website. The firm has about 1,750 lawyers in 48 offices worldwide.

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