MoFo hires Links Tokyo founder

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has hired Linklaters’ capital markets star Tony Grundy to bolster its Tokyo office.

Grundy, who set up Linklaters’ Tokyo office in 1987 and had been managing partner until last year, will help MoFo’s push to expand its global capital markets practice.

MoFo chair Keith Wetmore said Grundy’s addition improves the firm’s ability to capitalise on increased cross-border work between Europe and Asia.

“Adding leading English, U.S. and local capital markets lawyers in all of the key financial centres is a strategic focus for the firm,” said Wetmore.

On his appointment, Grundy said: “It is a particular pleasure to be sitting on the same side of the table as my mentor, sparring partner and long-time friend, Fuyuo Mitomi, one of the leading Japanese international lawyers.”

Grundy’s hire is the latest in a long line of recent recruits for MoFo. As The Lawyer revealed (19 May), the firm hired IP bengoshi Yukihiro Terazawa to bolster its Japanese practice with joint venture partner Ito & Mitomi.

The firm also raided a three-partner IP team from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal to ramp up its practice in the US (TheLawyer.com, 24 June).

A Linklaters spokeswoman confirmed that Grundy retired from the firm in April of this year. She added: “ He departed with our thanks for his contribution to the firm as well as with our best wishes.”