Bird & Bird is set to launch an office in Tokyo with the hire of a corporate partner from Ashurst.

Hiroyuki Iwamura joins after 14 years at Ashurst, where he headed the firm’s UK/European Japanese group. His practice focused on advising Japanese companies entering the U.K. and EU. He has also previously worked at Herbert Smith Freehills and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, according to his LinkedIn profile.