White & Case has hired a Japan-qualified capital markets partner from Allen & Overy for its Tokyo office.

Norifusa Hashimoto, who advises on equity and debt issues, as well as structured finance and securitization, is joining White & Case along with one counsel and one associate, also from Allen & Overy. All three are locally qualified lawyers, known as bengoshi.

Hashimoto joined Allen & Overy as a partner in 2008 from Paul Hastings, where he had practiced for eight years. While at Allen & Overy, he last year advised National Bank of Abu Dhabi as issuer of the first yen-denominated bond by a Middle Eastern financial institution, raising $124 million.

In a White & Case statement, the firm’s Tokyo financial services head, Christopher Wells, said the hire would help the firm meet increased demand from Japanese clients for advice on domestic transactions.

“Having worked on both the cross-border and domestic markets for more than 24 years, Hashimoto-sensei adds a high level of domestic market expertise at a very senior level, and his expertise and contacts give us the credibility to provide Japanese market capital services at the same level as major Japanese firms,” said Wells.

With nearly 100 lawyers, Tokyo is White & Case’s largest office in Asia, according to the firm’s statement. Allen & Overy’s Web site lists 24 lawyers in the Japanese capital.

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