Herbert Smith Freehills loses Asian practice head

December 17, 2014 Herbert Smith Freehills has lost its Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson. Robinson is joining Morrison & Foerster.

Robinson joined legacy firm Herbert Smith in 1999. He has been based in Tokyo for 10 years and primarily advises Japanese multinationals. He will join Morrison's Tokyo office, where the firm believes he will bring additional expertise on antitrust issues along with his deals.

Robinsons departure comes at the end of a year saw several management and personnel changes for HSF in Asia. A quick recap of those moves:

South East Asia litigation chief Mourice Burke departs for Hogan Lovells (February)
London disputes partner Julian Copeman relocated to Hong Kong to replace Justin D'Agostino as Greater China managing partner (June)
COO Janet Young departed for Minter Ellison (September)
Litigation partner Alastair Henderson named Southeast Asia head upon early 2015 retirement of Michael Walter (September)
Asia Head Mark Johnson, who drove the Herbert Smith and Freehills merger in 2012 departed for Debevoise & Plimpton (November)
corporate partners Damien Roberts (Tokyo) and Ian Williams (Brisbane) hired from Ashurst to join firm in early 2015. (October)

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