Pillsbury hires energy heads from Hogan Lovells and Simmons in Tokyo

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has boosted its energy and projects practice in Japan with the hire of practice leaders from Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons.

Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett will join Pillsbury from Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons respectively. They will become partners in the firm’s finance practice in Tokyo.

Both Raven and Barrett are experienced in the development and financing of major infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Pillsbury, they headed the energy and infrastructure practice at their respective firms in Japan.

Before joining Simmons in 2011, Barrett worked as a senior associate in Hogan Lovells’s Tokyo office alongside Raven.

They both started their legal training in London and are English law qualified solicitors as well as registered foreign lawyers (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) in Japan. In addition, the two have also spent a portion of their legal careers working in-house at Japanese companies on secondments at Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui & Co.

Raven is the second partner to leave Hogan Lovells’ Tokyo office in one week. Last week, finance partner Philip Hyde left to join K&L Gates’ Tokyo office (17 March 2014). Hyde has more than 20 years of experience advising a range of financial institutions on debt capital markets and finance transactions.