K&L Gates Expands Tokyo Office with Addition of Commercial Disputes, Real Estate Partners and Team of Associates

10 Jan, 2014

The Tokyo office of global law firm K&L Gates has added Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari as partners in the commercial disputes and real estate investment, development, and finance practices respectively.

Most recently, Hoshino was founder and managing partner of his own firm (Hoshino & Partners) in Tokyo. He advises clients on disputes including domestic and international labor law, commercial litigation, and judgments, as well as on a variety of corporate legal matters such as strategic restructurings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, leasings, financings, and other financial transactions. Previously, Hoshino was a judge at the Tokyo and Utsunomiya District Courts. Joining him in his move is a team of four associates: Osamu Miura, Nobuki Wada, Yuki Okada, and Yasuhito Yamada.

Tsumagari arrives at K&L Gates from Atsumi & Sakai, where he led the international trade and tax team. He advises and represents leading Japanese and foreign corporations on real estate and structured financings and matters including cross-border antitrust cases and mergers and acquisitions, as well as international and domestic commercial trade issues.

David Tang, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Asia, said: “This is a real boost to our team in Tokyo and the region more broadly. We are seeing increased business confidence in the Japanese economy, which will inevitability flow through to more activity for clients. Both partners have exceptional experience that will be invaluable in helping our clients navigate the many challenges they may face as a result of this increased activity.”

Following its combination with Australian national firm Middletons and the addition of a Seoul office both in early 2013, K&L Gates has grown to become the largest fully integrated U.S.-based law firm in the Asia Pacific region, serving clients through 11 offices across Asia and Australia.

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