DLA Piper adds to Tokyo team


DLA Piper has expanded its finance and projects and corporate teams with the appointment of two partners in the Tokyo office.

Kaoru UminoPartnerDLA Piper
Kaoru Umino
DLA Piper

Kaoru Umino will lead the finance & projects practice and Dan Matsuda will lead the energy sector within Tokyo’s corporate practice, the firm said.

Umino has more than 25 years of experience advising on complex cross-border finance and corporate transactions in New York and Tokyo. She has previously worked as a managing director and associate general counsel for JP Morgan in Japan, where among other responsibilities she was responsible for the Legal & Compliance Department.

Matsuda is a corporate lawyer with almost two decades of experience advising on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, manufacturing and distributorship structures, and real estate transactions and investments. His experience spans securities regulations, commercial disputes and general corporate matters, covering a broad range of sectors including chemical, energy, technology and automotive industries.

Dan MatsudaPartnerDLA Piper
Dan Matsuda
DLA Piper

Before joining DLA Piper, both Umino and Matsuda were partners at the Tokyo offices of Jones Day.

Terry O’Malley, chair of DLA Piper’s Asia committee, said: “Kaoru and Dan’s appointments reflect our commitment to expanding our ability to service inbound and outbound transactions in Japan. We recently expanded the finance & projects practice with partners Douglas Murning, Matthias Schemuth and Andrew Payne joining the team in Asia last year, as well as adding lawyers like Qiang Li, Stewart Wang and James Chang to our corporate practice in mainland China.”

The firm also brought senior dispute resolution lawyer, Natalie Caton, on as a partner based in Brisbane. She joins DLA Piper’s litigation and regulatory practice from King & Wood Mallesons.