Ashurst has added Tracy Whiriskey as a new corporate partner to be based in Tokyo. She joins from Clifford Chance, having worked in its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Prior to that, Whiriskey worked at Allens Linklaters where she also spent time on secondment to Japanese law firm Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu. A highly regarded M&A lawyer, she has broad experience advising Japanese trading, mass media and utilities companies on large-scale outbound transactions. Whiriskey has practiced in Tokyo for over 10 years and is fluent in Japanese. She also has significant experience in the insurance sector.


Hogan Lovells has added arbitration partner Nabeel Ikram in Dubai starting 18 July 2016. An English-qualified solicitor advocate, Ikram specialises in construction and engineering, and transport and infrastructure disputes. He brought the first construction case in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and has also advised on some of the largest and most complicated disputes in the region. In addition, he has successfully advised clients on some of the region’s highest-profile developments, focusing on risk management and claims preparation to assist in the avoidance of formal disputes. Ikram is experienced in a wide variety of dispute resolution methods and has represented clients in arbitrations in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe under the major institutional rules. He was formerly a national partner at Dechert in Dubai and has almost a decades’ experience of international arbitration and litigation in the UAE, having previously worked at Clyde & Co and Dewey & Leboeuf in Dubai after starting his career in the UK with Hogan Lovells (formerly Lovell White Durrant).

Howse Williams Bowers has added Janet Lee as a partner. She advises on a wide range of property and conveyancing matters, including agreements for sale and purchase, deeds of mutual covenant, tender and auction transactions, management agreements, building management, leases and tenancy agreements, land documentation, including breach of lease conditions and lease enforcement action, and property-related regulatory matters. Lee previously worked in the Legal Advisory and Conveyancing Office of the Lands Department. She was admitted as a Solicitor in Hong Kong in 1993 and she is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

HSA Advocates has added Bharat Sharma as the firm’s 12th partner in the corporate commercial practice. Sharma will be based out of the Mumbai office but his work will not be bound by geography, extending across locations to fortify the firm’s reach both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining HSA, he was a partner at Naik Naik & Co. He is a Solicitor and holds an LLB degree from KC Law College, University of Mumbai. Sharma also holds a Masters in International Finance from Middlesex Business School, London. He started his career with Crawford Bayley in 2003, followed by Talwar Thakore & Associates in 2007 where he was seconded to Linklaters Hong Kong. He joined Khaitan & Co in 2010 and led some big ticket transactions in the corporate M&A and infrastructure space. With more than a decade of work experience, Sharma specialises in M&As (in-bound and out-bound), private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, regulatory advisory and general corporate.

Paul Hastings has added Hiroyuki (Hiro) Hagiwara as a partner in the Tokyo intellectual property practice. He has more than 20 years of experience representing the world’s leading technology and life sciences companies in cross-border IP licensing and litigation matters. Early in his career, Hagiwara was a patent attorney in the international licensing department of a major multinational technology company, specializing in contentious licensing negotiations and settlements of IP disputes. In private practice, Hagiwara has litigated numerous IP cases involving complex technologies and legal issues in the US federal courts and the ITC, defending infringement claims, monetizing clients’ IP assets and representing pharma clients in ANDA cases.


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