Greenberg Traurig Restructures Tokyo Office

Greenberg Traurig Restructures Tokyo OfficeIn a press release dated 6 November Greenberg Traurig, LLP have announced that it has formed a new structure for its Tokyo office (“Greenberg Traurig Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho,” or Greenberg Traurig Registered Foreign Lawyers’ Office)……

for the purpose of better establishing a long-term and independent presence in this important world market. The firm is also pleased to announce that Go Hashimoto has joined the Tokyo office as a shareholder and qualified Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer) in the Corporate and Securities practice. For the past five years Hashimoto was a partner in Bingham McCutchen’s Tokyo office.


The press release goes on to say:


Hashimoto joins Allison Rosenberg who relocated from Greenberg Traurig’s New York office to Tokyo earlier this year and recently became a registered foreign lawyer. In addition to her experience in the real estate and finance areas, Ms Rosenberg brings local knowledge from several years working at two major U.S. law firms in Tokyo.

This move into Tokyo follows the opening of Greenberg Traurig’s Shanghai office earlier this year which, under the leadership of managing shareholder Peter Neumann, has grown from one legal professional to 12.

“We are delighted to establish a registered foreign lawyers’ office in Tokyo with Allison and Go residing there,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, President of Greenberg Traurig. “We are totally committed to a regional, team-oriented approach in Asia, across cities and countries. There will be an increasing number of transactions originated by or involving Japanese government and enterprises under the current economic conditions. Working closely and seamlessly with our Shanghai and other U.S. and international offices, our Tokyo office, with Go’s addition, will be able to counsel our clients with the same high quality experience and service that they are accustomed to, within Asia and across the globe.”

Hashimoto brings to the firm more than ten years of legal experience in international business transactions and dispute resolution, in addition to his 4 1/2-year experience as an officer at Japan Finance Corporation/Japan Bank for International Cooperation (formerly known as The Export-Import Bank of Japan), and has worked with international institutions such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank. Hashimoto has extensive experience counseling clients on corporate, finance and corporate restructuring transactions as well as international commercial litigation. He regularly counsels multinational corporations in U.S.-Japan cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, business disputes, various regulatory and compliance matters and government relations. In addition, with his established contacts in the region, Hashimoto has been very active in recent years in business transactions within Asia, particularly in China, India and Vietnam.

“As a truly bilingual Japanese national who previously was a Japanese government officer, Go will play an integral role in our Asia strategy with his established networks in Japan and elsewhere in Asia,”
said Rosenbaum.

Rosenberg earned her J.D. and LL.M from Duke University School of Law, and her M.A. and B.A. from Northwestern University. She is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and is a registered foreign lawyer in Japan.

Hashimoto earned his LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also has a master’s degree in international economic policy from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and is a registered foreign lawyer in Japan.