Linklaters hikes Tokyo with Sullivan lawyer

Linklaters & Alliance has boosted its Tokyo office with the hire of a second US securitisation partner.

Mark Hunsaker has left Sullivan & Cromwell to join Linklaters. His arrival comes as a response to an expanding portfolio of US-related capital markets work.
The appointment is also the first since Terence Kyle assumed responsibility for developing Linklaters' international US law strategy. He said: “I'm hopeful this will be one of many significant appointments we make on the US law side going forward, as we continue to focus our efforts on developing a leading US law practice globally.”
Hunsaker has been based in the US firm's Japanese office since 1997. His practice has been two-pronged M&A work, representing foreign companies moving into Japan and Japanese companies investing outside Japan.
Linklaters managing partner in Asia Andrew Roberts said that Hunsaker would strengthen the firm's capital markets and securitisation credentials. Tokyo head Tony Grundy argued that overseas listings work will take off for law firms in Japan.
“As more Japanese companies comply with international standards of accounting and disclosure, it will become easier for them to list in New York and London, with the increased investor awareness and M&A opportunities that follow,” said Grundy.