Bingham McCutchen scoops second Japanese merger

Bingham & McCutchen has completed its second merger in Japan, combining with New Tokyo in the Japanese capital.

The merger brings the total number of lawyers in the firm’s Tokyo office to more than 50 bengoshi and six foreign lawyers.

Earlier this year (21 June), The Lawyer reported on firm’s merger with Tokyo-based firm, Tokyo International Law Office, highlighting the firm’s dedication to expansion in Asia.

Bingham chairman, Jay Zimmerman, commented: “Our strategy has always been to focus on where our clients need or will need top notch legal talent. By building on our key practices of insolvency, securities and financial services in Japan, we are positioning ourselves to be the go-to law firm for financial institutions investing in Japan.”

The firm plans to expand its corporate practice group in Asia, focusing on investment banks and the insurance sector.

In July this year, Bingham hired former seretary general of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Hiroshi Iyori its antitrust group in the Tokyo office form local firm Asahi Law Office.