James R. Brown, Leading Tax Practitioner, Rejoins Ropes & Gray

Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced Jan. 17 that James R. Brown has rejoined the firm’s tax practice as a partner in New York. Mr. Brown previously practiced at Ropes & Gray for 15 years. He rejoins the firm from Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York, where he was a partner and co-chair of the tax department.

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Leading Japan-Focused M&A Partner Joins Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Group in New York

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Yasuhide Watanabe, a highly regarded mergers & acquisitions lawyer admitted in New York, California and Japan (bengoshi), has joined the firm’s Corporate Group in New York. Mr. Watanabe comes to Morrison & Foerster from Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, one of Japan’s largest law firms, where he was most recently the managing partner of its New York office.

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Former CBS General Tax Counsel Alvan L. Bobrow Joins Akerman in New York

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced it has bolstered its Tax Practice Group with former vice president and general tax counsel for CBS Inc. Alvan L. Bobrow. He joins Akerman as a partner from a New York law firm, where he served as the leader of a national state and local tax group.

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Real Estate Team Joins Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin and New York

Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that Joshua Bernstein, an experienced real estate lawyer, has joined the global law firm’s Austin and New York offices as a partner. Norton Rose Fulbright has also hired associates Emily Jung and Katie Van Dyk, who worked with Bernstein at his previous firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP.

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King & Spalding Adds Finance Partner in New York

King & Spalding announced today that former partner Jennifer Daly has returned to join the firm’s New York office as a partner in its Finance practice. She was previously chief operating officer and chief compliance officer of Hunter Peak Investments, a hedge fund based in New York.

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Pillsbury Adds Real Estate Dealmaker Paul Shapses in New York

Prominent real estate lawyer Paul Shapses has joined Pillsbury’s New York office. A well-known dealmaker, Shapses focuses on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development and leasing deals. He comes to Pillsbury from Herrick Feinstein.

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