LAWFUEL – Law Firm Asia News – Global law firm Clifford Chance has ann…

LAWFUEL – Law Firm Asia News – Global law firm Clifford Chance has announced that Masayuki Okamoto has joined the firm’s Tokyo office, as a Partner in the finance practice, effective 1 December 2006.

Mr. Okamoto is an international finance and corporate lawyer who specialises in structured finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance, banking and financial regulatory work. He is qualified in both Japan and New York. His focus will be on further developing the firm’s local law capability in the areas of structured finance, leverage finance and real estate finance together with regulatory work relevant to Clifford Chance’s financial institution clients.

Mr. Okamoto joins Clifford Chance from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Law Office in Tokyo, where he was a partner.

Tim Jeffares and Eiichi Kanda, joint managing partners of Clifford Chance’s Tokyo office, comment:

“We are delighted that Mr Okamoto has chosen to join us. Our finance team has already achieved a market leading reputation off the back of transactions such as the financing of SOFTBANK’s acquisition of Vodafone K.K. and this hire will help deepen our offering in this important area. Masayuki Okamoto brings with him a wealth of international experience combined with deep knowledge of the local market. ”

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