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Clara Shirota Joins White & Case as a Partner in Tokyo

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Debt Finance Practice with the addition of Clara Shirota as a partner in Tokyo.

"Clara's arrival, following so swiftly the addition of partner Daniel Abercromby in November, solidifies White & Case's position as the preeminent law firm for leveraged finance in Asia-Pacific," said White & Case partner Eric Leicht, Head of the Global Debt Finance Practice. "With our existing market leading Global Debt Finance Practice, and the Firm's recent significant investments in M&A and private equity in the Region, we are better placed than ever to provide the specialty finance and regional expertise our clients require."

Shirota advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as other corporate borrowers, lenders and financial institutions, on a variety of financings, with a particular focus on leveraged and acquisition finance transactions. She advises financial sponsors and borrowers across Asia-Pacific, particularly China, Hong Kong and Japan. Shirota joins from Clifford Chance, where she was counsel.

"The addition of two talented sponsor finance partners in Asia-Pacific in such quick succession is a powerful statement to our clients and the market of our ambitions for our M&A practice and private equity industry group in the Region," said White & Case partner Baldwin Cheng, Regional Section Head Asia-Pacific Corporate, Finance & Restructuring. "Clara's arrival in Tokyo will further complement the expansion of our private equity capabilities outside of Hong Kong, growing and enhancing our global finance offering to sponsors active in the Asian markets."

Partner Donald Baker, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, added: "Our finance and corporate capabilities in Asia-Pacific have gone from strength-to-strength in recent years through our sustained investment in quality lateral partners and internal partner promotions. The arrival of Clara, and recently Daniel Abercromby, follows the addition of a four-partner private equity-focused team in Hong Kong in 2019 and shows the commitment of our strategic focus on the global private equity industry."

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