Hunton & Williams LLP has expanded its energy, financial services, M&A, and private investment fund capabilities in Tokyo with the relocation of energy partner Kevin Felz from New York and the arrival of Piyasena Perera as counsel in the firm’s global corporate transactional group.
Raj Pande, chair of the firm’s Japan practice and co-chair of the firm’s Asia Steering Committee, says: “We are excited to have Kevin join our Tokyo office. His deep experience in the energy and infrastructure market and with capital markets transactions is already proving invaluable for our clients in Tokyo and in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, we are delighted to welcome Piya to the firm. He brings more than 10 years of experience advising Japanese companies and other Japan market participants on their global business activities. His arrival, together with Kevin’s relocation to Tokyo, demonstrates Hunton & Williams’ commitment to Japan and strengthens our ability to service our clients there on a real-time basis.”
Felz, who joined Hunton & Williams in 2012, focuses his practice on international project finance and infrastructure development as well as capital markets transactions, will work closely with Hunton & Williams’ energy and infrastructure team lawyers based elsewhere in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was a member of the team that represented the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and other senior lenders in the $4.37 billion financing of natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facilities in Freeport, Texas, an award-winning infrastructure transaction.
Perera joins from Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, where he was senior foreign counsel. Prior to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, he was a partner in the Tokyo office of Allen & Overy LLP, where he executed numerous corporate finance, M&A, and alternative investment transactions involving Japanese companies.