Orrick boosts Japanese team

Seven Japanese lawyers set to join US firm''s Tokyo office.

Orrick, Herrington Sutcliffe, the US law firm, is hiring two senior Japanese partners and four other lawyers from Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani Maeda as international firms prepare for a seismic shift in Japan's market for legal services.

One of the partners is Masami Totani, a corporate transactional specialist and the firm's most senior lawyer after the four name partners. The other partner is yet to be announced. Joining them from Mitsui Yasuda will be three Japanese associates and a dual USFrench-qualified associate. The firm is also hiring a Japanese associate from the Tokyo office of US rival Sidley, Austin, Brown Wood and will relocate Mark Weeks, a corporate partner, from New...

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