Skadden is pleased to announce that Kenji Taneda joined the firm's Tokyo office as a partner in its Corporate Group.
Joining from the corporate department of another large global law firm, Mr. Taneda regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in capital markets matters, including equity and debt offerings by Japanese corporations, financial institutions and sovereign entities. Mr. Taneda also has significant experience advising on both public and private M&A transactions.
Admitted to practice in Japan as Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi, Mr. Taneda is a New York-qualified lawyer and is fluent in Japanese.
"Kenji has an outstanding reputation in the Japanese market," said Nobuhisa Ishizuka, leader of Skadden's Tokyo office. "His ability to practice seamlessly in New York and Japan will be a great asset to our clients."
Michael Gisser, head of Skadden's Asia Pacific practice, said, "We are delighted to have someone as highly regarded as Kenji join us in Tokyo. His diverse experience is a perfect fit with our thriving Japan practice and broader Asia Pacific capital markets offerings."
Mr. Taneda added, "Joining Skadden represents a unique opportunity to leverage the firm's global platform, reputation and resources to grow my capital markets practice. I also look forward to the opportunity to help further expand Skadden's already strong position in cross-border M&A matters involving Japanese clients."
Mr. Taneda began his career at another highly regarded global corporate law firm in 2004, working extensively on public and private M&A and capital markets transactions in both its Tokyo and New York offices. In 2013, he became a partner in the Tokyo office of another large international law firm.
A Kent Scholar, Mr. Taneda received his J.D. from Columbia University in 2004 and received his D.E.S.S. granted jointly by the Institut d'Études Politiques and Panthéon-Sorbonne in France. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998.
Mr. Taneda was chosen as the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Awards for Capital Markets in Japan in 2015 and 2016. He was listed as a leading lawyer in both Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Capital Markets in Japan (international firms) in 2016.