Steve Lewis is the former Tokyo managing partner for the firm now known as
Herbert Smith Freehills
, a position he held for over a decade until last year. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, investments and energy-related transactions in Japan. He has also previously acted for Japanese clients, including Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Tokyo-based general trading giant Itochu Corp., on overseas investments in Europe.
At Bingham McCutchen, Lewis will be part of the firm’s financial services and Japan practice in Tokyo.
Last year, Lewis moved to Herbert Smith’s London office to help the firm develop a presence in Latin America. He was replaced as office managing partner by Peter Godwin, the firm’s Tokyo dispute resolution head. Lewis joined Herbert Smith in 2000 from the Tokyo office of Denton Hall–now part of
–where he also led the Japan practice.
Bingham McCutchen, which has around 1,000 lawyers worldwide, launched its Tokyo office in 2007, when it combined with local firms Sakai & Mimura, a financial restructuring and M&A boutique firm, and New Tokyo International, an insolvency, corporate and litigation practice. The combined firm—Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa—now has over 70 lawyers, most of whom are Japanese-qualified lawyers, or