Latham & Watkins announced that Ivan Smallwood, Noah Carr, and Stuart Beraha have joined the Tokyo office as partners in the corporate department. The three lawyers were hired from Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office.
With the addition of this formidable team, Latham stands poised to capitalize on the strong and growing outbound M&A market in Japan.
The group advises Japanese companies and financial investors on outbound M&A, joint ventures, strategic investments, and IP and technology licensing matters.
Smallwood and Carr have extensive experience advising Japanese companies and sponsors on structuring and negotiating outbound acquisitions, investments and divestitures, strategic alliances, and joint venture transactions.
Beraha’s practice focuses on technology, content, branding, and other intellectual property development, licensing and partnering transactions.
“Ivan, Noah, and Stuart have stellar reputations for handling complex M&A and related transactions and are widely acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields,” said Stephen McWilliams, office managing partner of Latham & Watkins in Tokyo.
“Their stature in the business community and track record advising major Japanese companies on complex cross-border matters will bolster our strategic goal of expanding our practice in Japan and across Asia. Each one brings a wonderful mix of experience and talent.”