Hogan Lovells expands Tokyo practice with the hire of M&A heavyweight

Hogan Lovells announces that Lisa Yano has joined the firm’s Tokyo corporate practice, increasing its capabilities in Asia and takes advantage to increase its cross-border M&A offering into and out of Japan. 
Lisa brings with her nearly 30 years’ experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing and other technology transactions, restructurings as well as compliance and internal investigations. 

A U.S. qualified lawyer and a fluent Japanese speaker, Lisa is admitted to practice in New York and California and registered in Japan as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (foreign legal consultant). Lisa sector focus stretches across the electronics, telecommunications, media, life sciences and automotive sectors where she advises both Japanese and offshore clients.

Lisa’s appointment is a further step in developing Hogan Lovell’s M&A practice in Tokyo, as well as taking advantage of the increasing flow of corporate work into and out of Japan. 

David Gibbons, global head of the Hogan Lovells Corporate Practice Group, commented: 

"Lisa’s experience as a U.S. facing senior partner in the Tokyo office will be invaluable in expanding and deepening our M&A capabilities for our clients across a number of our key sectors. Building on her strong client relationships with both Japanese and US clients, Lisa’s appointment will further strengthen our cross-border offering between Tokyo and the U.S., as well as other regions such as Europe.”

Commenting on Lisa’s arrival, Patrick Sherrington, regional managing partner for Asia and the Middle East at Hogan Lovells, said: 

“We are delighted to welcome Lisa to our Tokyo office. Lisa has a profound understanding of the Japanese market and her contribution will be invaluable as we continue the build-out of our capabilities in the region.”

Lisa Yano added:

"There is a significant opportunity in the market to bolster cross border deal flow into and out of Japan, particularly with the U.S. market so I am delighted to be joining a firm that has this impressive global network in place. I am delighted to be moving to such a prestigious firm and to have this opportunity to join in developing Hogan Lovells practice in Tokyo."

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