B&M Japanese alliance hikes global tax practice

The joint enterprise office of Baker & McKenzie and Japanese firm Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Law Office has appointed Kazuo Taguchi to its international tax practice.

Previously director of the corporate tax division of Japan's National Tax Administration (Nat), Taguchi will join the firm in September.
Speaking about the appointment, Tokyo tax group practice leader Yukinori Watanabe said: “We believe that Mr Taguchi's expertise and broad experience will be a great asset.”
Prior to joining Nat, Taguchi's career included a period as consul for the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco.
The Tokyo hiring follows recent personnel activity in the region. Baker & McKenzie partner David Fleming has been promoted to become the firm's new managing partner for Hong Kong, Beijing and Vietnam. He replaces Richard Weisman, who after more than three years in the role has moved on to focus on the firm's worldwide growth strategy.
Speaking of his new position, Fleming said: “I'm very excited about the opportunities and challenges confronting our business, particularly by the continued economic growth in China, China's imminent accession to the World Trade Organisation and the continued consolidations in the banking, finance and telecommunications sectors.”
With in excess of 17 years service for Baker & McKenzie, Fleming was based in the firm's Sydney and London offices prior to his arrival in Hong Kong in 1991. Despite his new management role, Fleming will continue to represent clients on corporate matters.
High-profile work in the region includes advising the Walt Disney Company on its arrangement with the Hong Kong government to develop the country's first international theme park.