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Morrison & Foerster has expanded its major presence in Tokyo, acquiring three new partners for that office from O’Melveny & Myers. Gary M. Smith, David Litt and Randy Laxer joined the roughly 100 lawyers at Morrison & Foerster and its registered affiliate, Ito & Mitomi in Japan. All three are fluent in Japanese and will focus on Asian corporate issues from private equity, joint ventures and cross-border mergers. Over the past four years Morrison & Foerster has tripled the size of its Tokyo office, going from 35 to 100 lawyers. Smith said of the defection from O’Melveny to Morrison, “We were especially attracted to Morrison & Foerster because of their demonstrated commitment to the Japanese business community, as well as their collegial and supportive approach to practice.” Smith handles a range of international transactions, including cross-border acquisitions of U.S., Japanese and European companies. Litt advises clients on mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as private equity sponsors. He has practiced law in Japan for six years. Laxer specializes in strategic alliances and joint ventures as well as M&A and private equity.

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