Mayer Brown, which recently opened an office in Tokyo, has recruited three additional lawyers to join the Tokyo team.
Finance partner Shri Maski joins from Ashurst, and corporate partner Gordon Palmquist moves from Shearman & Sterling. Tomo Adachi, who worked with Maski at Ashurst, joins as a senior associate.
Maski, most recently counsel at Ashurst’s Tokyo office, has advised Japanese lenders on financing transactions related to the energy sector. In 2015, he advised The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. alongside Barclays Bank plc on the amendment and extension of a $1.2 billion revolving credit facility to London-based oilfield services provider Petrofac. He was based in Dubai before relocating to Japan.
He follows former Ashurst Tokyo office head Rupert Burrows to Mayer Brown. Burrows, a 20-year Ashurst veteran, left the firm late last year to launch Mayer Brown’s Tokyo office—its eighth in Asia.
M&A lawyer Palmquist was a Tokyo-based associate at Shearman & Sterling. Last year, he acted for Japanese cosmetics maker Shiseido Co. Ltd. on a $485 million sale of
hair care company Zotos International Inc. to Germany’s Henkel Corp.
For Palmquist, the move marks a return to Mayer Brown. A U.S.-qualified lawyer, Palmquist started his legal career at the firm’s head office in Chicago in 2009 but joined Shearman in Tokyo in 2012.