Law firm Linklaters hired Paul Kruger away from Clifford Chance. Kruger, who headed Asian capital markets at Clifford Chance, will be based in the firm's Tokyo office and will manage Linklaters' pan-Asian structured finance practice, covering Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Kruger has worked on many transactions since joining Clifford Chance in 1997. It is the latest demonstration of Linklaters' intent to boost its Asian presence, particularly in Japan, following an April regulation change allowing foreign law firms to merge with local practices -- Linklaters recently integrated with Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda, Japan's sixth biggest law firm.
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