Milbank overhauls Asia management for Japan drive

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has joined the growing throng of firms shaking up its Asian strategy as the US firm re-jigs the regional management.

Gary Wigmore, currently managing partner of Milbank’s Singapore office and managing partner of the firm’s Asian project finance group, will relocate to head up Tokyo. The current incumbent David Impastato will return to New York after running the office for two years.

Wigmore will continue to run the firm’s Asia energy and project business from Tokyo and his former role will be taken over by David Zemans, who will become managing partner for Singapore where he has practised since 1997.

Law firms are increasingly focusing on the Japanese market with, for example, Vinson & Elkins just yesterday (30 September) announcing it had set up an office in Tokyo and closing down its Singapore operation.

Linklaters’ mass hire of a number of lawyers from highly rated Japanese corporate boutique Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda. Other firms including Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Morrison & Foerster subsequently took on lawyers from the firm.