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Clifford Chance Appoints New Head of Corporate Practice in Japan

by on March 10, 2010

Clifford Chance has recently named Alan Kitchin as the head of their Corporate and Projects practice in Japan.  Kitchin founded Ashurst’s Tokyo office in 1990 and was its managing partner until 2002.  He left the Ashurst London office in February to join Clifford Chance in Tokyo.

“With our 22-year history in Tokyo, Clifford Chance understands the market and recognises the need for a strong corporate and projects team to work with Japan’s top companies, institutions and banks,” said David Childs, the firm’s Global Managing Partner.

“Alan’s deep understanding of Japanese business and his track record In the country will enable us to build a market-leading corporate practice in Tokyo, and to develop our existing associate talent.”

“Alan is the latest recent key appointment in Tokyo, and underlines how importantly we view that market,” said Peter Charlton, the firm’s Regional Managing Partner for Asia. “Last year, dispute resolution partner Jim Jamison relocated from Hong Kong and, in March 2009, we were joined by capital markets partner Reiko Sakimura.

“Work levels are growing rapidly across our Asia offices, and Tokyo is no exception. With Alan joining us, these recent appointments, and the strength of our existing finance practice, we now have an excellent and well-balanced team in Tokyo to support our clients and develop our overall practice there.”

Kitchin is a member of the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar and chairman of the LawAsia Committee on Infrastructure and Privatisation.

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