Allen & Overy has appointed a team of two Japanese qualified lawyers (bengoshi), Nobuo Nakata and Osamu Ito, as partners in its Tokyo office. Nakata specialises in corporate and M&A as well as structured finance work. A qualified Japanese lawyer who is also admitted to the New York bar, he was previously a partner at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Tokyo office. He has represented financial institutions and business corporations on mergers and acquisitions of both public and private Japanese companies, as well as advising Japanese clients on cross-border global acquisitions. He has also represented institutional clients and US and Japanese buyout funds, as well as acting on financings (including acquisition finance, securitisation and real estate finance). Ito is a Japanese qualified lawyer and was formerly partner at Asahi Koma Law Offices in Tokyo. He specialises in general corporate, M&A, joint ventures and intellectual property and has acted for international clients on their transactions and ongoing corporate law compliance matters in Japan. He has also represented many brand and technology companies, and was active in non-contentious intellectual property work, including licensing and joint venture work.

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