DLA Piper boosts Tokyo, HK with raids on US, Aussie firms

DLA Piper has boosted its Asia offering by hiring two new partners for its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.

Corporate finance specialist Koji Ishikawa joins DLA Piper’s Tokyo office from US firm O’Melveny & Myers as a partner, while cross-border IPO and M&A specialist Esther Leung joins the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner from Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Leung is a welcome addition to the firm’s Hong Kong office, which earlier this month was raided for two corporate partners, Claudio de Bedin and Jason Carmichael, who left the firm to join Clyde & Co.

De Bedin was hired by DLA Piper in October 2002 from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert to launch the firm’s Asia banking practice alongside Deacons partner Grant Docherty, who quit the firm in July 2004.

DLA Piper has three offices in China, in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, which boast more than 100 lawyers.

Earlier this year the firm hired Henry Wang, the former general counsel of Shanghai General Motors, as a partner in its Shanghai office in a bid to strengthen further its China offering.

The firm grew rapidly in the region last year thanks in part to its raid on Coudert’s China practice, which included China chief Jingzhou Tao and at least 20 lawyers.