Linklaters hires head of M&A practice for Ashurst in Tokyo

A general view of Tokyo Tower is seen from the city of Tokyo, Japan, August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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  • Tracy Whiriskey was most recently head of mergers and acquisitions for Ashurst in Tokyo.
  • She previously worked at Clifford Chance

(Reuters) – Linklaters said in a statement on Friday that it had landed Ashurst’s head of Asia insurance and mergers and acquisitions in Tokyo for its corporate practice in Japan.

Tracy Whiriskey, who has been based in Tokyo for 20 years, will be a partner at Linklaters, the London-based firm said.

Over the past four months, Linklaters has recruited at least five partners, including Whiriskey, for its mergers and acquisitions practices in London and Asia, according to the firm.

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In March, Linklaters hired a group of lawyers from Vinson & Elkins in London that included Noel Hughes, who was the firm’s head of capital markets and mergers and acquisitions in the city.

Whiriskey has worked with clients on M&A deals and joint venture transactions across industries, including energy transition, digital economy, infrastructure funds and insurance, Linklaters said.

She started as a partner at Ashurst’s Tokyo law firm in 2016, the firm said, and previously worked at Clifford Chance.

Whiriskey led the team that advised Japanese trading firm Mitsui in its joint acquisition with the Development Bank of Japan of a stake in FKS Food & Agri, Ashurst said in a 2018 statement.

In a separate statement, the company said that in 2021 it co-led the team that advised German winemaker Pieroth Wein AG in the sale of its Japanese subsidiary Pieroth Japan to private equity firm Nippon Investment Company.

A spokesperson for Ashurst did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Whiriskey’s departure.

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