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Naoya Shiota Joins White & Case as a Partner in Tokyo

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of Naoya Shiota as a partner in Tokyo.

"Private equity remains a strategic focus for the Firm globally, with strong teams serving Greater China and South East Asia, coupled with our growing capabilities in the US and EMEA," said White & Case partner John Reiss, Head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. "We are seeing significant demand for sophisticated Japanese private equity M&A legal services and that is only going to increase in the years ahead as leading private equity firms establish and expand their Tokyo offices and need experienced legal advisors on-the-ground with global capabilities. Naoya is an important addition in Japan to further strengthen our successful team there."

Naoya is a mergers & acquisitions lawyer who advises global private equity clients and Japanese corporate clients on cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals. He has substantial experience advising on transactions in a wide range of sectors, particularly the automotive, technology and entertainment sectors. Naoya joins White & Case from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, where he was a partner. Naoya is admitted to practice in both Japan and New York.

"Naoya is an experienced lawyer with a proven private equity track record and strong relationships with key stakeholders in the Japanese market,” said White & Case partner Jun Usami, Office Executive Partner of the Tokyo Office. "Our Asia-Pacific practice has a financial sponsor-led Private Equity/M&A strategy, and the addition of Naoya in Tokyo will further deepen the bench of our already strong Japanese outbound M&A/public M&A expertise and support our objective to become the market-leading legal team in Asia-Pacific for M&A and Private Equity."

Partner Donald Baker, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, added:
"Following our addition of a four partner private equity team in Hong Kong in 2019 and the arrival in 2020 of leveraged finance partners Clara Shirota and Daniel Abercromby in Tokyo and Hong Kong respectively, our addition of Naoya in Tokyo will further enhance the Asia-Pacific component of our global private equity platform. More broadly, Naoya’s arrival demonstrates our continued commitment to strategically growing and enhancing our corporate and finance capabilities in Asia-Pacific through market-leading lateral partners and internal partner promotions."

Read the press release in Japanese version here

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