Bingham expands in Japan

•Former secretary general of the Japan Fair Trade Commission Hiroshi Iyori has joined Bingham McCutchen’s Tokyo office. Iyori, who is chair of Japan’s Competition Law Research Institute and the International Antimonopoly Law and Industrial Property Law Research Institute, is joining the antitrust practice of the firm from Asahi Law Offices. His appointment marks the firm’s commitment to expand its Japanese operations, with the firm’s management aiming to have one of the largest law offices of any foreign law firm in Japan with more than 50 Japanese lawyers. The firm earlier announced its intention to merge with 22-lawyer firm New Tokyo International in October this year in a combination that will see Bingham’s foreign legal joint enterprise with Sakai & Mimura grow to more than 50 Japanese lawyers and six foreign lawyers.