Baker & McKenzie GJBJ Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Koma Law Office (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) has appointed Dr Ken Okawara to its Tokyo office as Head of Transfer Pricing and Economic Analysis. Okawara joins from Shin-Nihon Ernst & Young, where he was a partner, heading the firm’s transfer pricing practice in Japan, and was responsible for advanced pricing agreements, competent authority assistance, audit defense, transfer pricing planning and tax effective supply chain management. Prior to that, Okawara was a partner at Arthur Anderson. He has extensive experience representing Japanese and international clients in negotiations with Japan’s tax authorities and other countries, and has helped clients to obtain resolution of transfer pricing disputes at bilateral and multilateral competent authority proceedings.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has appointed experienced securities attorney Joshua M Zimmerman (previously with White & Case) as a partner to its Hong Kong office. Zimmerman is one of Asia’s leading capital markets lawyers. In addition to high-yield debt, sovereign bonds and IPOs, his practice encompasses securitizations, mergers, acquisitions, tender and exchange offers and investment banking compliance. His underwriter clients include ABN AMRO, Barclays Capital, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and UBS. Zimmerman is admitted to the New York State Bar, and has been in Hong Kong since 1997.

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Allen Wong as a partner to its Hong Kong office. Wong joins from Stephenson Harwood & Lo, where he was a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. He is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. Allen specialises in M&A, foreign direct investment and private equity. He advises various regional and international corporates, investment banks, private equity and venture capital houses. Wong’s appointment fits into Simmons & Simons’s strategic growth for Asia.

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