Jones Day has welcomed back Tadakatsu Sano, chief executive assistant to former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, as partner in the firm’s Tokyo office effective 14 June 2010. Sano joined the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI, then known as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry) in 1969, subsequently serving as executive assistant to Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, chief of staff of MITI in the Minister’s Secretariat and Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau. In 2004, he retired from METI, where his last post was Vice Minister for International Affairs. He joined Jones Day as a partner in 2006. He had worked on behalf of a wide range of domestic and foreign clients, focusing on legal risk management and regulatory compliance. His main specialties were security trade control, product safety regulation, foreign investment law, antitrust law and litigation. He was appointed Chief Executive Assistant for Government Affairs by Prime Minister Hatoyama in September 16, 2009, and from that time served in that capacity for a period of eight months.

Norton Rose LLP has appointed Michael Yu as a partner in the corporate team. He joins the firm’s Beijing office from Global Law Office, where he was a partner. Yu has wide ranging corporate experience, having worked on a number of M&A deals as well as IPOs and private placements. His experience also involves restructuring work. Outside of corporate law, Michael has also given advice in banking, construction and engineering deals.

Salans has expanded its PRC and Hong Kong arbitration practice with the appointment of Darren FitzGerald as partner. He joins the firm from Bird and Bird’s Hong Kong office, where he was head of the Asia dispute resolution and China employment groups. In his 15 year practice in the Asia-Pacific, FitzGerald has specialized in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, with a focus on Hong Kong and PRC-related disputes. He is a chartered arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, panel arbitrator of the Shanghai Arbitration Commission, and a panellist for the Hong Kong Office of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre. He is also an accredited arbitrator and mediator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Commission (HKIAC) and is a member of the Hong Kong ICC arbitration committee.

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