Paul Hastings Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Tokyo One of the First U.S. Firms to Expand into Asia

July 10, 2008

Tokyo (July 10, 2008) – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading international law firm, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the opening of its Tokyo office. In 1988, when Paul Hastings opened the office, it became one of the first U.S. firms to expand into Asia. The firm continued its expansion with the opening of offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai and now has over 220 legal professionals in Asia.

“This is an important milestone for us. Japan is one of the most dynamic markets in the global economy. It is a strategic center for the firm as well as many leading corporations and financial institutions,” said Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. “Paul Hastings strategy has always been to expand in key regions around the globe to further serve our international clients. As one of the first U.S. firms to open an office in Asia, we have been able to capitalize on our long history in the region and help our clients navigate Asia’s complex legal and business environment.”

The office boasts 46 U.S. and Japanese qualified lawyers, including 13 partners. It is one of the few top-tier foreign law offices to provide a full-range of multi-jurisdictional legal services together with licensed Japanese (bengoshi) lawyers. The lawyers provides both Japanese and foreign clients a unique and seamless combination of global practice capabilities and Japanese law and business knowledge in banking and finance, M+A, capital markets, litigation and real estate.

Paul Hastings is one of the few international firms in China to provide a dedicated and experienced Japan-China team. Led by a bengoshi partner in Shanghai and a U.S. partner in Beijing, the Japan-China team advises Japanese and international clients on their investments in China across a broad range of issues, and works to achieve creative, practical and commercially successful solutions for their investments and business operations in both China and Japan.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is a leading international law firm with over 1,200 attorneys in 18 offices. The firm serves a diverse client base including many of the leading global financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies and offers deep capabilities in capital markets, finance and restructuring, intellectual property, international arbitration and dispute resolution, investment management, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, product liability, project finance, real estate, securities litigation and tax advisory services. For additional information, please visit our website at www.paulhastings.com.



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