Linklaters’ former Tokyo joint managing partner has left to join Morrison & Foerster as a senior counselor.
Akihiro Wani had been a partner and the most senior Japanese lawyer, or bengoshi, at Linklaters for the past 10 years.
His practice focuses on banking and finance matters, but he also handles capital markets deals and general corporate work. Wani is known for his work in the derivatives market; he advised on the first public offering of credit-linked securities in Japan. He also advises clients on financial regulatory matters.
Wani joined Linklaters in 2004 when it merged with Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda, the firm he co-founded 17 earlier. He served as joint managing partner of Linklaters’ Tokyo office from 2005 to 2012.
Morrison Foerster now has 120 lawyers, including 46 partners, in Tokyo. Globally, the firm has over 1,000 lawyers in 17 offices.