Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva has further boosted the pool of talent in its Patent team by hiring another senior US patent attorney. David Sigmond has joined ATMD from June 2007. With more than 15 years of experience in the preparation, prosecution, licensing, assertion and strategic management of patents both in the United States and internationally, he will provide critical expertise to both local and foreign companies that are looking to develop their IP and patent protection strategies. David’s extensive experience includes in-house positions with Maxtor Corporation as its chief patent counsel and AT&T Corporation as well as private practice with Skjerven, Morrill, MacPherson, Franklin & Friel, a leading US patent law firm.

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Ryan Dwyer has joined the firm’s Tokyo office as of counsel in the Corporate Department. Dwyer’s practice focuses primarily on M&A and corporate finance. Dwyer has more than eight years of experience in the Asian legal market. He has a broad practice that includes cross-border M&A, private equity, domestic and international joint ventures, international dispositions and investments, foreign direct investment into Japan and by Japanese companies overseas, and private placements. He has worked across a number of industries on domestic and complex cross-border deals, with particular expertise in the technology sector, advising companies in relation to licensing and distribution agreements, and aircraft finance and equipment leasing.

Nishimura & Asahi is pleased to announce that Mitsuhiro Yasuda will join Nishimura & Asahi as a partner as of July 6, 2007. Yasuda is widely recognized as one of Japan’s leading finance lawyers, especially with regard to capital markets and securitization transactions. Yasuda has significant experience in these fields, including issuances of equity and debt securities in the domestic and international capital markets. He also has considerable expertise in corporate finance and handles a wide range of complicated matters.


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