Debevoise & Plimpton Names Two New Counsel – US Attorney News

New York – January 4, 2010 – American Law Newswire – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Naomi Aoyama has been named counsel and Gerard Crowley Saviola has been named international counsel to the firm.

Naomi Aoyama, based in the firm’s New York office, is a member of the Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on international projects, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project finance and other transactions. Prior to joining Debevoise in 1999, Ms. Aoyama worked as an associate on various corporate transactions for Japanese and international clients at Nishimura & Asahi (formerly Nishimura & Partners). She received her LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School (1999), completed a two-year legal apprenticeship at the Legal Training & Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1992-1994), and received her LL.B. from the University of Tokyo (1991).

Gerard Crowley Saviola, based in the firm’s London office, is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on advising institutional and boutique sponsors of private equity investment funds in Europe, Asia and the United States, including leveraged buyout funds, emerging markets funds, funds of funds and mezzanine funds, as well as a broad range of institutional investors in international investment funds and private equity acquisitions. Mr. Saviola joined the firm in 2001 and was resident in the firm’s New York and Paris offices. After joining the London office in 2004, where he currently resides, he was resident in the Hong Kong office in 2007. Mr. Saviola received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (2001), where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the University of Virginia Law Review, and his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Virginia (1997).

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm has approximately 750 lawyers. For more information, please visit our website at

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