Jurisdiction - Japan
Herbert Smith Freehills Bolsters Tokyo Corporate Practice.

11 March, 2015


Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that the firm has bolstered its corporate practice in Tokyo with the addition of corporate partner, Damien Roberts


Damien has experience of working in Japan and Australia, and advises Japanese corporates on their outbound investments and operations. His expertise extends across a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on the resources and infrastructure sectors. He will work closely with Head of Corporate Tokyo, Graeme Preston and also with corporate partner, Andrew Blacoe who specialises in the energy, infrastructure and mining (EIM) sectors.  


Damien commented: “With increasing international competition among businesses, there is a lot more impetus for lawyers to be novel and innovative in our advice – something that has always been a key element in Herbert Smith Freehills’ legal offering. It’s such an exciting time for corporate Japan and I look forward to working with the exceptional team of corporate lawyers here.” 


Graeme commented: “We have genuine M&A experts across all sectors on the ground in Tokyo. The strength & depth of our corporate practice demonstrates that our global platform, commitment to the Japanese market, size of team, Japanese language capability and quality of service has made us one of the elite ‘go-to’ firms for Japanese clients for outbound M&A.”


Peter Godwin, Head of Disputes Asia and Tokyo Managing Partner, commented:  “We have an extremely unique and robust offering in Japan and more generally in Asia Pacific, where we have a strong corporate capability in the region with more than 1000 lawyers across 12 offices. We launched our Tokyo office back in 2000 and have become recognised as one of the most successful foreign firms in Japan. In addition to Damien, our Tokyo office is shortly set to welcome a new group of partners and we are confident our market-leading position will not only be maintained but enhanced in the years ahead.”


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