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Greenberg Traurig Opening Tokyo Office

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has reinforced its ] coverage across the Asia Pacific region with the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo office, the firm’s third in the region, will work collaboratively with existing teams in Shanghai, China and Seoul, Korea. It is Greenberg Traurig’s 37th office worldwide. Greenberg Traurig Tokyo Law Offices will be operated by Greenberg Traurig Horitsu Jimusho, an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The Tokyo office will be led by an award-winning team of English-speaking Japanese lawyers. “They understand the local culture and practical aspects of Japanese business and have a track record of solving clients’ most critical problems,” said a statement from the company.

Koji Ishikawa, managing shareholder of the new office, joins from DLA Piper, and shareholders Yuji Ogiwara and Koichiro Ohashi, co-chairs of the firm-wide Japan Practice, join from White & Case. All three are old friends who previously worked together for years at the latter firm.

The opening is responsive to client needs and the global business community’s growing interest in Japan, including the gaming industry.

The attorneys opening the Tokyo office are experienced practitioners in their fields and licensed in both Tokyo and New York. Ishikawa advises clients on corporate finance and capital markets transactions. Ogiwara focuses on Japanese employment litigation, labor negotiations and compliance matters. Ohashi is an expert in the world of investment funds and also specializes in advising financial institutions, both Japanese and international, on a variety of financial matters, particularly M&A transactions.