Three lawyers join Mayer Brown’s new Tokyo office

Tokyo, 9 April 2018 – Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that a three-lawyer team has joined the firm’s new office in Tokyo, including Shri Maski and Gordon Palmquist, who join as partners in the firm’s Banking & Finance and Corporate & Securities practices, respectively, and Tomo Adachi, who joins as a senior associate in the firm’s Banking & Finance practice. Mr. Maski and Mr. Adachi were previously at Ashurst, while Mr. Palmquist rejoins the firm from Shearman and Sterling.

“I am pleased to welcome this impressive group of lawyers to our new office in Japan, which recently began operation,” said Rupert Burrows, the leader of Mayer Brown’s Tokyo office. “My new colleagues will play a pivotal role in helping to fortify Mayer Brown’s relationships with its Japanese clients by drawing on the firm’s strength in project and other finance, energy and mining, M&A transactions, private investment funds matters, disputes and investigations, and other areas such as intellectual property and regulatory matters. Together with our colleagues in Tokyo and around the world, we will be in a strong position to expand the range of service offerings to our Japan-based clients in the US, Latin America, Europe, China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.”

Mr. Maski has considerable experience in banking and financing transactions, including project financings. He provides advice on complex projects to lenders, including export credit agencies in Europe and Asia, sponsors, and public authorities in several sectors, including energy, mining and infrastructure. He was seconded to export credit agencies in Tokyo and Seoul, where he provided advice on transactions in Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has worked in Tokyo for more than five years and before that in London, Singapore and Dubai. Mr. Maski received his MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury and LLM from University College London. He is qualified to practice under English law.

Mr. Palmquist focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private investment funds. He advises Japanese corporations, insurance companies and other financial institutions on outbound M&A, sales of overseas subsidiaries and private equity and venture capital investments. He also regularly advises on fund formation and real estate and infrastructure investments. He began his career at Mayer Brown in Chicago after earning his BA from Saint Olaf College, his MA from International University of Japan, and his JD from University of Minnesota Law School. Mr. Palmquist is U.S. law qualified and has spent more than 15 years in Japan, where he worked in marketing and sales before attending law school.

“I am excited to join Rupert in helping to spearhead the growth and success of Mayer Brown’s new office in Tokyo,” said Mr. Maski. “With my background in banking and financings aligning with one of the firm’s core strengths, I will be in a strong position to enhance our service to clients in Japan and beyond.”

“With its core commitment to client service and strengthening relationships with clients, Mayer Brown offers an ideal platform,” added Mr. Palmquist. “I look forward to contributing to the development of the office and serving as a liaison between our Japanese clients and my new colleagues in offices throughout the world.”

Until 1 August, Mayer Brown will occupy temporary quarters at East Tower 4F, Otemachi First Square, 1-5-1 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-0004 and thereafter will have offices at the Marunouchi Kitaguchi building near Tokyo Station. Interested parties may contact the office by phone at +81-(0)3-5219-1249. For more information, visit

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