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06/25/07

U. S. law firm Bingham McCutchen merges with Tokyo Law Office


Boston-based law firm Bingham McCutchen, LLP, plans to merge with New Tokyo International Law Office, a Japanese law firm. This would be the second acquisition of Bingham in Japan, the first being a merger with Sakai & Mimura, early this year.

Serving clients with its 22 lawyers, New Tokyo International Law Office is a cross-border corporate, litigation, and insolvency firm. The merger is likely to take place in October and it will increase the number of lawyers of the firm to more than 56. After the merger, Bingham has more Japanese lawyers than any other foreign law firm in Japan. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet. Bingham's chairman Jay Zimmerman said that by creating customer-motivated restructuring, fiscal services and corporate firm along with solid resources in Japan, Bingham is expanding its reach universally.

Law firms Lewis Fisher and Ogletree, Deakins merge together
Third largest labor and employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins) is set to merge with Memphis-based Lewis Fisher Henderson & Claxton, LLP, on July 1.

The merger will set up new offices for Ogletree Deakins in Memphis, Tennessee, and Jackson, thus increasing its presence in the southeast region. Lewis Fisher specializes in various employment law matters, including discrimination litigation, wage and hour collective actions, workers' compensation retaliation claims, family and medical leave issues, and sexual and racial harassment matters.

Ogletree Dekins recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The firm comprises 365 lawyers and has 30 offices across the nation. It has served a wide variety of clientele, including Fortune 50 companies, in all kinds of labor and employment-related legal issues.

BIZARRE NEWS

Baby cannot be named "4real"
"You can't name your baby using numerals." This is what the New Zealand's Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages had to say to Pat and Sheena Wheaton when they did so. After seeing their son for the first time during an ultrasound examination, mesmerized parents Pat and Sheena Wheaton named their baby "4real." The authorities said that you cannot have a name beginning with a number-it went against the rules. According to the parents, there was nothing wrong with the name; they said "With this name, everyone knows what it means." The government office is apparently in negotiations with the parents on the name. A policy suggests that unusual names must be dealt with case-by-case. The deadline for the negotiations is July 9; if no decision is reached by that time, then the baby's name will be filed as "real."

Bingham McCutchen LLP.

    

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