Paul Hastings adds seven in Tokyo

US law firm increases office space, hires new lawyers in Tokyo.

Paul Hastings is continuing its Asian expansion with a recruitment drive in Tokyo. The firm's local entity, Paul HastingsTaiyo Law Office, has hired seven lawyers, taking its total complement of Japanese- and US-qualified attorneys to 36.

The new hires include Darin Bifani, a US-qualified real estate specialist from Sullivan Cromwell Ayako Kawano, an insolvency specialist from top Tokyo firm Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani Maeda and corporate lawyers Kiyomi Kikuchi, from Asahi Koma Law Offices, and Junji Shiraki, from Freshfields. Mariko Obana, a litigator, is also among the intake.

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