White & Case hires two partners from Paul Hastings in Tokyo

February 15, 2011 White & Case has bolstered its Tokyo office with the hire of two partners from Paul Hastings.

Jun Usami, leaves a role as the cochair of Paul Hastings's Tokyo mergers and acquisition practice to become cohead of White & Case's Tokyo corporate practice. Ayako Kawano is a partner specializing in real estate, including fund formations and complex financings.

White & Case Asia managing partner Barrye Wall said: "The combined experience of Jun and Ayako in M&A [and] corporate and related areas adds considerable firepower to our service offering in Japan, particularly in being able to advise Japanese clients entirely in the Japanese language on both domestic and international legal issues." He added: "There are few, if any, international firms which can do this to any scale in Japan."

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