Lawyers join White & Case in Seoul, Tokyo

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Kang Sungjin (left) and Shiota Naoya

White & Case has hired Kang Sungjin as a partner in its global project development and finance practice in Seoul, and Naoya Shiota as a partner in its global M&A practice in Tokyo.

Kang joined from Latham & Watkins in Seoul, where he was a partner for more than 10, while Shiota joined after 16 years at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, where he started as an associate and then gained a partnership.

Kang advises South Korean and international developers, project companies, and export-credit and private sector lenders on a wide variety of project-related transactions. He also has more than 20 years of experience advising on transportation finance and M&A.

Shiota is a Japan and New York qualified lawyer advising global private equity clients and Japanese corporate clients on cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals. He has substantial experience advising on transactions in sectors including automotive, technology and entertainment.

“In recent years we have been building out our project development and finance practice in Asia-Pacific through further growth in our traditional sector strengths and substantially expanding our capabilities in renewables, infrastructure and energy transition,” said Mark Castillo-Bernaus, White & Case partner and head of the global project development and finance practice in London.

“We see great opportunity for further growth in Korea, a market with significant demand for outbound project development and finance work and inbound project development, particularly in the renewables sector,” he said.