SOURCE: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis

April 01, 2016 11:40 ET

Morgan Lewis Welcomes Prominent Insolvency Lawyer and Former Nomura Securities Adviser Shinjiro Takagi as of Counsel in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN--(Marketwired - April 01, 2016) - Further enhancing the firm's capabilities in Asia, Morgan Lewis today announced that Shinjiro Takagi -- a leading international bankruptcy lawyer and former judge in Japan as well as a former Nomura Securities adviser-has joined the firm as of counsel in Tokyo.

"We are very pleased to welcome Judge Takagi to our global team as we continue our strategic growth in Asia," said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. "His distinguished background in the areas of insolvency and business revitalization in Japan, combined with his service on the bench, further strengthens our ability to serve the increasingly complex business and litigation needs of our clients in the region."

Recognized in Japan for his leadership in some of the country's most high-profile corporate restructurings, Judge Takagi served as the chair of the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ) between 2003 and 2007. At the time, the IRCJ was the world's largest government-sponsored private equity fund specializing in recapitalization and turnaround investments in distressed companies through the purchase of more than ¥100 billion (approximately $1 billion) worth of bad debt and about ¥10 trillion ($100 billion) in loans to help Japan's banks regain their competitiveness.

Judge Takagi also led the restructuring task force for Japan Airlines in 2009 and served as reorganization trustee for Kyoei Life Insurance Company in 2000. A former judge for the Tokyo High Court (court of appeals), Judge Takagi has also been active in Southeast Asia as adviser to the Asian Bankers Association and as president of the East Asian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring.

Formerly a lecturer and professor of law at several universities in Japan, Judge Takagi has written numerous articles and publications on bankruptcy, reorganization, litigation, and other related issues. He received the Outstanding Service and Contribution to International Insolvency Award from the International Insolvency Institute in 2005 and was also bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold, and Silver Star by Japan's Emperor in 2007.

"Judge Takagi is one of the foremost authorities on insolvency and restructuring law in Japan," said Tsugu Watanabe, managing partner of Morgan Lewis's Tokyo office. "His background and experience dovetail perfectly with our Tokyo team's focus on complex cross-border transactions, asset management regulation, and disputes."

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