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White & Case in Tokyo has recruited a partner from Washington DC law firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn.
Hendrik Gordenker specialises in corporate and commercial deals for Japanese companies doing transactions abroad and non-domestic businesses setting up deals in Japan.
He also works on energy project development and financing. His clients include Japanese purchasers of liquefied natural gas.
Gordenker says: "I have had a long association with Japan.
"I lived here in the early 1980s and worked as a business consultant before I became a lawyer and my legal career has focused a great deal on Japan.
"There is a large amount of foreign investment coming into the country. That needs to be serviced by lawyers who have both familiarity with the environment and are able to do cross-border transactions."