NEW YORK— LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continues to build a vibrant, experienced team of international lawyers with the addition this month of a new partner in Tokyo. Shintaro Kuroda joins the firm as a partner in its Tokyo office. Kuroda-sensei, a bengoshi and former partner at Yodoyabashi & Yamagami LPC, is the 12th lawyer to join Orrick Tokyo in the past year.
The addition of Kuroda-sensei to the Tokyo office reinforces Orrick’s global momentum in 2005. In August, the firm – with 750 lawyers world wide and nearly 30 percent of them based outside the U.S. – announced that nine partners from the pioneering international firm Coudert Brothers are joining Orrick in China, where the firm has applied to open offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. In January, the firm opened a new office in Taipei to provide service to Taiwanese clients with business interests in the United States, particularly in the areas of intellectual property counseling and litigation. This summer, Orrick also opened a new office in Moscow and doubled the size of its London office.
In Tokyo, by October the firm will have grown from 3 bengoshi a year ago to 20, with a total team of 34 lawyers. Kuroda-sensei’s broad practice focuses on IT and IP transactional work, corporate transactions and equity capital markets matters. He also handles litigation work. He represents mainly Japanese subsidiaries of U.S. companies in the IT, insurance, media and finance industries.
Joining Kuroda-sensei at Orrick Tokyo is Norimasa Togashi, also of Yodoyabashi & Yamagami LPC, who comes to Orrick as an associate.
“Kuroda-sensei is a strong addition to our Tokyo office who enables us to expand the services we currently offer to Japanese and non-Japanese clients involved in cross-border transactions and Japanese domestic corporate transactions,” said Orrick chairman and chief executive officer Ralph Baxter.
James Tervo, leader of Orrick’s Tokyo office, said, “Kuroda-sensei is a talented lawyer who deepens our Japan corporate practice and fits in well with our tight-knit Tokyo team. We plan to continue growing the Tokyo office and providing the highest level of service to clients who appreciate our ability to handle all their corporate needs.”
“Orrick’s global reach and strong U.S. presence is a powerful combination and the right platform for my practice,” said Kuroda-sensei. “The Tokyo team is world-class, and I am very excited to be a part of this group.”
About Orrick’s Tokyo Office
Orrick opened its Tokyo office in 1997 and quickly built successful Tokyo-based project finance and real estate practices. In more recent years, the firm has established itself as a leader in the Japanese real estate and securitization market, and has been building a broad-ranging Japanese and cross-border corporate practice.
Orrick is growing its Japanese law practice—the firm’s Tokyo office nearly doubled in size in 2004—at a time when recent regulatory changes allow international law firms to broaden the scope of the business that they do in Japan, and to directly hire bengoshi, or lawyers who are licensed to practice Japanese law. Until recently, bengoshi were rare in international firms with origins outside of Japan. Today, three quarters of the lawyers in Orrick’s 34-lawyer Tokyo office are bengoshi.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm with approximately 750 lawyers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance, and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups, and individuals. The firm’s 15 offices are located in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Taipei, and Tokyo.