K&L Gates Boosts International Arbitration Practice with Tokyo Partner Addition

The Tokyo office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Haig Oghigian as a partner in the international arbitration practice. A former diplomat in Japan, Oghigian joins K&L Gates from Baker & McKenzie, where he was co-chair of the Tokyo litigation and dispute resolution practice group.

A member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Beijing Arbitration Association (BAA), American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA), and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration Center, among others, Oghigian represents domestic and international clients in a variety of arbitration matters. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he has served as an arbitrator and counsel in arbitration in more than 100 cases.

Oghigian also has extensive corporate experience — particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors — advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, license and distribution agreements, and construction and engineering contracts. He counsels on corporate governance, compliance issues, and technology transfer agreements, as well as other general corporate/commercial and trade law matters. As a former Canadian diplomat in Japan, Oghigian also assists clients with regulatory and government relations matters.

“We are delighted that Haig has joined us,” said David Tang, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Asia. “His cross-border arbitration capabilities and experience in the pharmaceutical and life science sectors in Japan nicely complement and enhance our Asia Pacific regional practice in these areas and globally.”

Oghigian stated: “I’m very pleased to be joining K&L Gates. Its leading international arbitration practice includes more than 100 lawyers across the firm’s global platform, located in key international arbitration venues. With more than 2,000 lawyers across five continents, the firm offers, importantly, a single partnership. These factors in particular have led me to conclude that I can better serve clients by providing a seamless fully integrated network where the best lawyers will provide the best advice.”


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