Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has hired a new partner for its Tokyo office.

Hideki Akiyama is joining the firm’s corporate and securities practice from 100-lawyer Japanese firm Atsumi & Sakai, where he was a partner.

In a statement, New York-based Pillsbury said that the appointment is in response to an increase in outbound investment from Japan, partly due to the strength of the country’s currency.

Akiyama, a U.S.-qualified lawyer who works as a registered foreign lawyer in Japan, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, labor law, and dispute resolution. Before joining Atsumi & Sakai in 2009, Akiyama was a partner at Schiff Hardin in New York for nearly three years.

Including Akiyama, Pillsbury has eight lawyers, four of whom are partners, in its Tokyo office. Akiyama’s father, Takeo Akiyama, also practices at Pillsbury, as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

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