Bingham Bolsters Global Finance Strength in Asia

Continuing its investment in its acclaimed financial services capabilities in Asia, Bingham McCutchen LLP has expanded its global finance and cross-border transactional strength with the addition of Tsugumichi Watanabe as a partner in the Tokyo office.

Watanabe, who joins Bingham from Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo, focuses on complex cross-border corporate matters and all phases of global financing transactions, including project finance, asset-backed financings, real estate, workouts and cross-border securitizations. He advises Asian-based clients as well as companies from the United States and other regions that conduct business in Asia. “Tsugu is a top-notch lawyer who brings a broad range of global financing experience,” said Bingham Chairman Jay Zimmerman. “His arrival strengthens our finance and cross-border capabilities in Asia and bolsters our strategic investment and expansion to provide the best legal services to clients who have business interests in Asia.”

Watanabe’s arrival is Bingham’s latest addition in Asia. Earlier this month, Bingham announced the expansion of its Hong Kong office with the addition of three partners in its leading financial services area, structured finance partners Laurence Isaacson and Vincent Sum, and financial restructuring partner Mark Fucci. In June, Anne-Marie Godfrey joined Bingham as an investment management partner in Hong Kong.

In addition, Watanabe’s significant project finance experience expands Bingham’s recognized energy and project finance group to Asia and continues the practice’s growth in 2010. In July, Joel Moser, former co-chair of Fulbright & Jaworski’s global infrastructure group, joined as a partner in New York. Partner Jacob Worenklein joined Bingham in New York in January; he is the founder, former chairman and CEO of U.S. Power Generating Co. and the founder of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s project development and finance practice.

Bingham’s global platform and its market-leading strength in international financing, project finance and cross-border transactions attracted Watanabe to the firm.

“I am pleased to be joining Bingham in its Tokyo office and to be part of a vibrant expanding practice to meet the increasing needs of Bingham’s clients as they make investments and acquisitions both into and out of Asia in a broad array of industry sectors,” said Watanabe.

Watanabe’s representation of global financial institutions and funds includes advising banks, insurance companies, funds and other entities in their financing and secured lending activities spanning a broad spectrum of businesses. He also has extensive experience in numerous international and Asian project finance transactions involving energy, infrastructure and transportation transactions, including power, pipeline, and oil and gas financings worldwide. He has advised clients on international oil supply arrangements and has represented sponsors, lenders and other project participants in green field development projects.

Watanabe handles major cross-border M&A transactions and advises on numerous corporate and commercial transactions in Asia. He also advises on trade, real estate and acquisition financings and their restructurings.

Bingham is one of the largest foreign law firms in Japan. The Tokyo office has more than 70 lawyers (most of whom are Japanese bengoshi) providing a full range of business law services, including domestic and large-scale, cross-border financial restructurings, financial regulatory and investment funds, corporate, M&A, finance, financial regulatory, intellectual property, antitrust, litigation, employment, and real estate.

Bingham offers a broad range of market-leading practices focused on global financial services firms and Fortune 100 companies. The firm has 1,100 lawyers in 13 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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