Tokyo – LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs Network – DLA Piper today announced the appointment of Koji Ishikawa who joins the Tokyo office as a partner in its growing corporate and finance practice. Mr Ishikawa has broad experience in the initial public offering (“IPOs”) of Chinese companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as well as Japanese companies, banks and venture capital firms in China/Hong Kong-related capital raisings including listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and joint ventures. This much sought after insight further deepens DLA Piper’s offering in the region.
Mr Ishikawa also has extensive experience advising leading corporate, investment banking and private equity firms in a variety of capital raising and acquisition contexts as well as general corporate matters including corporate governance, with an emphasis on China-related investment transactions.
Nick Seddon, Asia Managing Director of DLA Piper, said: “Mr Ishikawa’s wide-ranging experience and counsel on legal and business issues related to China as well as Japan are areas where we are experiencing stronger demand. His appointment comes at a time when there is a strengthening in the economic and political relationship between Japan and China. Japan is China’s largest investor which demonstrates just how significant the flow of business is between these two neighbouring nations. As both economies go from strength to strength, we foresee increasing demand from corporations and financial institutions for specialists in both the Japanese and Chinese capital markets, which ensures smoother capital raisings and acquisition activity.”
Mr Ishikawa practised law at well known law firms in Japan prior to working in China. He is an established industry speaker, university lecturer and has published numerous articles. Mr Ishikawa holds a LLB from Waseda University, where he also lectured at the Faculty of Law, and has a LLM from New York University School of Law. He also studied at Beijing University Law School as visiting scholar in 2005. He is fluent in Japanese, English and Mandarin.