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Bingham Elects Four Partners in Tokyo

New Partners Represent a Cross Section of Bingham’s Key Practices and Reinforce Firm’s Investment in Japan

Tokyo (April 26, 2012) ― Bingham has elected four lawyers to its partnership in Tokyo. The new partners include corporate and finance lawyer Hiroshi Ishihara, investment management lawyer Akihito Miyake, and financial restructuring lawyers Yoshitaka Oshima and Noriko Yoneda.

“Our Tokyo office is a significant contributor to Bingham’s success,” said Chairman Jay Zimmerman. “With more than 70 Japanese lawyers (Bengoshi) on the ground, the office strengthens our global platform and reflects our deep investment in Japan and Asia as a whole.”

Hideyuki Sakai, managing partner of Bingham’s Tokyo office, added, “We are excited to have four newly elected partners in the Tokyo office; we remain committed to providing value for our clients throughout Japan and the world over.”

Bingham’s Tokyo office is involved in several high-profile matters, including serving as lead counsel for Olympus in relation to various issues arising out of accounting irregularities and the company’s continued listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Hiroshi Ishihara advises on international transactions and general corporate law matters, including M&A, business reorganization, financial restructuring, insolvency matters, antitrust law, real estate and intellectual property law. He worked at the Bank of Japan in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Tokyo and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Keio Law School, which he received in 2004. Ishihara also obtained a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University Law School in 2005. He is admitted to the Japanese bar, as well as the New York and California bars.

Akihito Miyake represents Japanese and foreign investment fund managers on a wide range of issues, including the establishment of investment funds and other collective investment schemes. Additionally, he has broad experience on regulatory and corporate matters for a wide range of clients. In 2005 and 2006, he served as deputy director at the Financial Services Agency of Japan (FSA) and in the FSA staff in the compliance office. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tokyo in 1998. He also received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to the Japanese bar.

Yoshitaka Oshima recently rejoined Bingham after a two-year secondment to the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan, a Japanese government-created entity, where he was one of the key managers in the major restructuring of Japan Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in 2010. He has extensive experience in Japanese insolvency and restructuring matters for both debtors and creditors as well as complex litigation matters. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tokyo in 1995. He is admitted to the Japanese bar.

Noriko Yoneda recently rejoined Bingham after a one-year secondment to the new Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency, where she was involved in general policy making and oversight regarding protection of whistleblowers. She is an experienced lawyer in insolvency and restructuring matters, as well as litigation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Kyoto University in 2000. She is admitted to the Japanese bar.

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