Allen & Overy expanding capability in Tokyo

Allen & Overy has appointed senior counsel Piyasena Perera from Californian based law firm Fenwick & West to launch its US law practice in Tokyo.

The US practice headed up by Piyasena Perera will focus on debt and equity capital markets work and corporate MA transactions. Associates who will relocate to the firm's Tokyo office over the course of 2002 will support the practice.

The first appointment will be Thomas Vogel, a fluent Japanese speaker who will be seconded from the New York office. The new practice will also provide support to the US practice throughout the rest of Asia, which has already grown to 12 lawyers in total.

Perera's 11 years of practice experience includes IPOs, secondary offerings, mergers and acquisition work, joint ventures and restructurings. Peter Curly, Partner in the US Law Group in Hong Kong...

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