Newly merged Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi has scooped capital markets and securitisation specialist Mitsuhiro Yasuda from Linklaters' Japan operations. Yasuda had joined Linklaters' Tokyo office in 2005 when Linklaters teamed up with local firm Mitsui Yasuda Wani & Maeda, where Yasuda was a name partner. Yasuda's place at Linklaters is to be assumed by partner Sasaki Kozo, who also joined Linklaters from Mitsui. Yasuda is thought of as one of Japan's leading finance lawyers in the capital markets and securitisation arena, with experience of equity and debt securities in the domestic and international capital markets. Nishimura completed the integration of its firm with the international operations of Asahi Law Offices on 1 July, making it the largest firm in Japan with 325 lawyers.